The City of God (I-X) // Augustine (trans. by William Babcock).

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Treasured and venerated for over 1500 years, this most ambitious work of this theological giant culminates all his mature musings into a tome of a zealous outcry for the “most glorious” city–the City of God. This first unequal half further splits into two provocative harangues: (1) Primarily against Greco-Roman culture and (2) primarily against Greco-Roman philosophies, specifically Neo/Platonism. Exposing its savage lust for glory, Rome haughtily self-ordinates the authority “to spare the conquered and subdue the proud,” which exclusively belongs to the One True God. After aptly handling the Greco-Roman world, Augustine clangs the bell and brazenly pleas to sacrifice to the one true God: not because God requires animal slaughter, but rather outer sacrifice signifies the inner sacrifice of the humble heart. Humans desire to be happy (fulfilled), but only God can provide, therefore sacrifices help us to love him appropriately.

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