Augustine of Hippo: City of God

(413–426)

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BOOK FIRST

The glorious city of God is my theme in this work, which you, my dearest son Marcellinus, suggested, and which is due to you by my promise. I have undertaken its defence against those who prefer their own gods to the Founder of this city, —a city surpassingly glorious, whether we view it as it still lives by faith in this fleeting course of time, and sojourns as a stranger in the midst of the ungodly, or as it shall dwell in the fixed stability of its eternal seat, which it now with patience waits for, expecting until “righteousness shall return unto judgment,”...


Source: Marcus Dods, ed. and trans. The Works of Aurelius Augustine, Bishop of Hippo: A New...

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