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Augustine: De Civitate Dei The City of God Books XI and XII$
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Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780856688720

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9780856688720.001.0001

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Book Twelve

(p.197) Commentary
Augustine: De Civitate Dei The City of God Books XI and XII
P.G. Walsh
Liverpool University Press

This chapter includes the commentary on Book XII of St. Augustine's The City of God, which mentions the part of the work where the origins and the outcome of the two cities, the heavenly and the earthly, begin to be indicated. It talks about obtaining the knowledge of God, wherein no man can acquire knowledge of Him except through Jesus Christ, mediator between God and men. The creation of the universe, which is neither independent of time nor established by a new plan of God, suggested a later purpose which earlier God had been unwilling to carry out. It also considers the boundless extent of time before the universe existed as nothing more than the boundless extent of regions beyond the universe. The reason for this is that just as there is no time before it was established, so also there is no spatial region beyond it.

Keywords:   St. Augustine, The City of God, Book XII, Jesus Christ, mediator, spatial region

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