The City of God (De Civitate Dei): Part I - Books Vol 7

The City of God (De Civitate Dei): Part I - Books Vol 7 : Books 11 - 22

By (author) Saint Augustine of Hippo , Edited by Boniface Ramsey , Translated by William Babcock


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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 defence 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. This long-awaited translation by William Babcock is published in two volumes, with an introduction and annotation that make Augustine's monumental work approachable. Books 11-22 offer Augustine's Christian view of history, including the Christian view of human destiny. The INDEX for Books 1-22 (both volumes of The City of God) is contained in this edition.

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  • Paperback | 615 pages
  • 152.4 x 226.06 x 35.56mm | 816.46g
  • 15 Aug 2013
  • New City Press
  • New York
  • English
  • 1565484819
  • 9781565484818
  • 394,314

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"This is a magnificent new translation, sure to be welcomed by readers of Augustine old and new. It is certainly worthy of a place among the great translations of this work, offering an eminently readable and accurate rendition. One forgets one is reading a translation -- isn't that the goal of all great translating? Highly recommended." John Cavadini, Professor of Theology and Director of the Institute for Church Life, University of Notre Dame "This lucid translation of Augustine's complicated Latin text, complemented by an expert introduction and helpful notes, is a remarkable achievement indeed. A new jewel in the crown of an already famous series that is highly appreciated worldwide." Johannes van Oort, Editor of Vigiliae Christianae; Author of Jerusalem and Babylon (1991; paperback: Leiden-Boston 2012) "City of God is read by theologians and philosophers, classicists and historians of ideas. All will be grateful to William Babcock for his new subheadings and summaries, which trace the articulations of Augustine's carefully connected argument. Babcock's long reflection and deep understanding, expressed in his outstanding Introduction, shape every sentence of this clear and thoughtful translation." Gillian Clark, Professor Emerita, University of Bristol; Co-editor, Oxford Early Christian Studies "The monumental City of God has astonishingly relevant things to say to an age of postmodernism, secularism, multiculturalism and globalisation. This affordable new translation with useful notes will make this masterpiece accessible to the 21st century reader. " Karla Pollmann, Professor of Classics, University of St. Andrews

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