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The City of God - Abridged Study Edition

Translation and introduction by William Babcock, notes and edited by Boniface Ramsey, Joseph Kelley
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SKU 978-1-56548-660-7
ISBN Number: 978-1-56548-660-7
Page Count: 620
Format: Paperback

For all those who are interested in the greatest classics of Christian antiquity, The City of God is indispensable. This version also contains thought-provoking study questions at the end of each chapter.

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."

- Midwest Book Review

“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 the meantime famous and worldwide highly appreciated series!”

- Johannes van Oort, Editor of Vigiliae Christianae; Author of Jerusalem and Babylon (1991; paperback: Leiden-Boston 2012)


About the Author

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.

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Price $34.95
Language English
Publication Date Jun 11, 2018
Author Saint Augustine
Format Paperback
Page Count 620