The City of God as a Single Book

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Books that Matter: The City of God
Plunge into Augustine's magnum opus with BOOKS THAT MATTER: THE CITY OF GOD - a historical and theological journey through the final years of the ancient world. Taught by Professor Charles Mathewes, these 24 in-depth lectures guide you chapter-by-chapter through Augustine's masterpiece, introducing you not only to the book's key…
Your Passport to The City of God
The City of God is a monumental work - not just for its scale and structure, but for what it asks of us as readers. In this first lecture, dive into the many layers of this powerful book, surveying why Augustine wrote it, for whom, and what impact it still…
The City of God's Journey through History
Much has happened in the world after The City of God's publication, from the Vandals besieging Hippo in Northern Africa and the fall of Rome to what is arguably the end of Christendom in our modern era. In this final lecture, take a look at Augustine's impact on history and…
The Two Cities and the Two Loves (Book 14)
Continue your study of original sin and what it implies about how we should live in this earthly world. Here, Augustine conjures up two cities - the city of flesh and the city of God - and shows how our key challenges on Earth are rooted in our psychology, in…
Who or What Is God? (Books 8-9)
Of all the Roman philosophers, Augustine felt the most kinship with the Platonists, who had developed a transcendent view of God. Where they fell short, he believed, was in imagining God as a distant being, uninterested in material reality. For Augustine, God is immediate and accessible, as he argues in…
The Bible: A Study In Literature
Through art, drama and analysis, this program shows the Old & New Testament orgins of many contemporary literary forms, styles & devices. Students will discover elements of the short story, biography, fable, adventure, tradegy, parable and novel in the tales of Cain and Abel, Joseph, Balaam and the Ass, David…
Who Was Augustine of Hippo?
Examine the paradoxical life of Augustine: Who was he? Why is he such an important historical figure? You'll be surprised that much of what we may associate with him, such as his metaphysical dualism and his antidemocratic adherence to Church law, is mistaken. Here, you'll uncover the real Augustine -…
The Sack of Rome, 410 A.D.
While Roman elites viewed the sack of Rome as a turning point that changed the world forever, the event itself lasted only three days and served more as a catalyst for change than a cataclysm in its own right. In this lecture, you'll find out why the sack was so…
Augustine's Pagan and Christian Audience
Before delving into the text of The City of God, Professor Mathewes sets the stage with some context about the many audiences that Augustine was writing for, as well as the arguments against Christians that he was confronting. See how Augustine co-opted Roman notions of "city" and "glory" and applied…
The Problem of Suffering (Book 1)
Book 1 opens by addressing civic-minded Roman citizens looking for happiness in this life - a mistake, Augustine believes. By exploring the problem of evil and questions of suffering and suicide, you'll discover how Augustine's approach toward life differs from the Roman view, yet is arguably more life affirming and…
The Price of Empire (Books 2-3)
Continue your study of Augustine's argument toward civic-minded Romans by reviewing his attacks on their morality and their sense of self-regard. Using their own historians as evidence, Augustine teases out the logical and psychological implications of the Romans' quest for domination, which Augustine says is born out of a longing…
Augustine's Political Vision (Book 4)
Augustine had a clearly defined political philosophy that ran against the grain of Roman beliefs. Here, examine his view that there is no distinction between gangsters and statesmen, and that the difference between conquering and theft is merely one of perspective. Reflect on this "political realism" and what it means…