Augustus and "The City of God"
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This paper examines how in his work "The City of God" Augustine, among other things, demonstrates further proofs of his many discourses on sin and having a personal relationship with God. The paper discusses how the ideas that are developed through "The City of God" are continuations of ideas that had challenged Augustine as a very human member of the world. The paper also looks at how the work applies Augustine's own experiences and those of others as sinners and members of "wrong" faiths in a corpulent world of available free will to build a city of god.
From the Paper:"Augustine was above all sincerely interested in the personal aspects of faith, and in how such aspects influenced man to do either good or bad within the eyes of God. This is clearly his draw as a foundational member of the recognized group of men known as the "church fathers" who so significantly influenced the middle ages that the period cannot be discussed without them and vice versa. It is for this reason that the manifest idea of The City of God be the most essential guiding principle of the reformation period, we call the middle ages. In an earlier work, Augustine discusses a transgression as a young man, that will likely remain that which he is most famous for as long as his memory exists, within a work that predates The City of God, called simply Confessions. "
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- Augustine of Hippo. Henry Betterson trans, City of God. New York: Penguin Group. 2003.
- Bernard of Clairvaux. David Burr trans, Apology Online Fordham Medieval Sourcebook, 1996: Retrieved, Nov 1, 2008 from: http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/source/bernard1.html
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