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    City of God (Image Classics) (Paperback) By (author) Saint Augustine, Foreword by Vernon J. Bourke, Introduction by Etienne Gilson, Translated by G. G. Walsh, Translated by Demetrius B. Zema, Translated by Grace Monahan, Translated by Daniel Honan

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    DescriptionNo book except the Bible itself had a greater influence on the Middle Ages than "City of God." Since medieval Europe was the cradle of today's Western civilization, this work by consequence is vital for understanding our world and how it came into being. Saint Augustine is often regardarded as the most influential Christian thinker after Saint Paul, and "City of God "is his materpiece, a cast synthesis of religious and secular knowledge. It began as a reply to the charge that Christian otherworldiness was causing the decline of the Roman Empire. Augustine produced a wealth of evidence to prove that paganism bore within itself the seeds of its own destruction. Then he proceeded to his larger theme, a cosmic interpretation of in terms of the struggle between good and evilL the City of God in conflict with the Earthly City or the City of the Devil. This, the first serious attempt at a philosophy of history, was to have incalculable influence in forming the Western mind on the relations of church and state, and on the Christian's place in the temporal order. The original "City of God" contained twenty-two books and filles three regular-sized volumes. This edition has been skillfully abridged for the intelligent general reader by Vernon J. Bourke, author of "Augustine's Quest for Wisdom," making the heart of this monumental work available to a wide audience.

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    City of God
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Saint Augustine, Foreword by Vernon J. Bourke, Introduction by Etienne Gilson, Translated by G. G. Walsh, Translated by Demetrius B. Zema, Translated by Grace Monahan, Translated by Daniel Honan
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 560
    Width: 130 mm
    Height: 208 mm
    Thickness: 33 mm
    Weight: 499 g
    ISBN 13: 9780385029100
    ISBN 10: 0385029101

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    LC classification: BR65.A64 E5 1958
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    Edition statement
    Abridged edition
    Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group Inc
    Imprint name
    Bantam Doubleday Dell
    Publication date
    31 December 1958
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    AUGUSTINE OF HIPPO(AD 354- 430) is among the most influential cultural figures of all time. His development of Christian theology during the formative fourth and fifth centuries shaped church teaching for future generations. Ascending to influence as a teacher of rhetoric in Hippo, Rome, and Milan, Augustine initially embraced Manichean religion, and later came under the influence of Neoplatonism. In AD 387, however, his life dramatically changed direction with his conversion to Christianity. After conversion, he returned to his native North Africa, where he was ordained a priest and later made a bishop. As leader of the Church in Hippo, he preached widely and wrote voluminous biblical commentaries and apologetic works defending Christian faith against its rivals and detractors, along with more personal and pastoral works, such as "Confessions."
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    "The human mind can understand truth only by thinking, as is clear from Augustine." - Saint Thomas Aquinas
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    St. Augustine's masterpiece is an interpretation of history in terms of the struggle between good and evil: the City of God in conflict with the City of the Devil. Abridged for the modern reader.