The City of God: Abridged Study Edition.
The City of God: Abridged Study Edition
Saint Augustine, author
William Babcock, translator
Boniface Ramsey & Joseph Kelley, editors
New City Press
202 Cardinal Road, Hyde Park, NY 12538
9781565486607, $34.95, PB, 620pp, www.amazon.com
Augustine of Hippo (354-430) is one of the greatest thinkers and writers of the Western world. After he converted to Christianity he became bishop of Hippo in North Africa, where he was influential in civil and church affairs. His writings have had a lasting impact on Western philosophy and culture. Along with his Confessions, "The City of God" is undoubtedly St. Augustine's most influential work. In the context of what begins as a lengthy critique of classic Roman religion and a defense of Christianity, Augustine touches upon numerous topics, including the role of grace, the original state of humanity, the possibility of waging a just war, the ideal form of government, and the nature of heaven and hell. But his major concern is the difference between the City of God and the City of Man one built on love of God, the other on love of self. One cannot but be moved and impressed by the author's breadth of interest and penetrating intelligence. For all those who are interested in the greatest classics of Christian antiquity, The City of God is indispensable. Ably translated into English by William Babcock and collaboratively edited by Boniface Ramsey and Joseph Kelley, "The City of God: Abridged Study Edition) is a highly recommended textbook for seminary, college, and university Christian Theology curriculums in general, and St. Augustine supplemental studies lists in particular--as well as being an ideal choice for individual students, clergy, and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject.