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The City of God


Augustine’s seminal work, On the City of God Against the Pagans, was written in 410 in the crisis of the Visigoth sack of Rome. The Romans interpreted their devastation as punishment for abandoning pagan religions for Christianity, and in response Augustine wrote this thesis defending Christianity, critiquing pagan religion and philosophy, and imagining the world as ‘Two Cities’, one the kingdom of the devil and one the kingdom of God. The book remains a cornerstone of Western thought.

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Augustine of Hippo

Saint Augustine of Hippo was a Roman African, early Christian theologian and philosopher from Numidia whose writings influenced the development of Western Christianity and Western philosophy. He was the bishop of Hippo Regius in North Africa and is viewed as one of the most important Church Fathers in Western Christianity for his writings in…

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