Augustine

Data Post: City of God

City of God (De civitate dei). By Saint Augustine. Translated by Henry Bettenson and with an introduction by G. R. Evans. Penguin, 2003. 239.3.

St Augustine, bishop of Hippo, is one of the central figures in the history of Christianity, and City of God is one of his greatest theological works. Written as an eloquent defence of the faith at a time when the Roman Empire was on the brink of collapse, it examines the ancient pagan religions of Rome, the arguments of the Greek philosophers and the revelations of the Bible. Pointing the way forward to a citizenship that transcends worldly politics and will last for eternity, City of God is one of the most influential documents in the development of Christianity. (back cover)

My history with this book: Nil.

My history with this copy: My dad bought it for me – new – for Christmas ’16. I had asked for it because I wanted to follow along with C. C. Pecknold’s upcoming Twitter seminar.