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3.45 out of 53.45 out of 53.45 out of 53.45 out of 53.45 out of 5 3.45 (22 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Saint Augustine Narrator: Bernard Mayes Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc. Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2008 ISBN:
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Written between A.D. 413 and 426, The City of God is one of the great cornerstones in the history of Christian thought, a book which is vital to the understanding of modern Western society. Augustine originally intended it to be an apology for Christianity against the accusation that the Church was responsible for the decline of the Roman Empire, which had occurred just three years earlier. Indeed, Augustine produced a great amount of evidence to prove that paganism was responsible for this event. However, by the time the work was finished, the book had taken on a larger theme: a cosmic interpretation of history in terms of the conflict between good (the City of God) and evil (the Earthly City). Augustine foresees that through the will of God, the people of the City of God will eventually win immortality, and those in the Earthly City, destruction. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matt | 2/16/2014

    " Augustine basically tackles the entire history of salvation, the philosophy of Plato, and a myriad of objections to Christianity. The book is very long, but that is because Augustine gives reasonable, logical answers to any objections he can think of to the points he makes in this book. This book will give you a deeper understanding of your faith, and of philosophy. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Hawk_1989 | 2/15/2014

    " i watched the film, it was bloody. oh... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alia | 1/29/2014

    " Can't believe I actually read this. Totally understand why Augustine was so influential, enjoyed this classic. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ben De Bono | 1/28/2014

    " After several months I have finally finished the City of God. The book is everything everyone claims it is - challenging and brilliant, a seminal work of Christian theology. This is a must read for any serious student of historical theology "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ben Warren | 1/20/2014

    " Some incredible nuggets of beautiful insight and truth which the average reader must work very hard for and find about every 100 pages. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Daren | 1/20/2014

    " This is a book to be digested over time. I have not read this book from cover to cover, but in pieces, and not in sequential order. There are sections I found too strange to complete. Augustines logical prowess is undeniable, but the premises he bases his logic on I find are are flawed. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Amanda | 1/15/2014

    " Required for school! Finally finished... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Elizabeth | 1/10/2014

    " Very difficult book to read. Got a few nuggets from it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Diane | 1/1/2014

    " Saint Augustine's classic work on the relationship between heaven and earth, and the Christian's relationship to each. This book provided the foundation for most of later western theology. Well-written and fascinating. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David White | 11/1/2013

    " Immensely interesting, not particularly difficult but long, very long. Perhaps it is because he had to convince people, wheareas an amazing amount of what he says is still commonplace today. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christopher | 9/29/2013

    " It's a lot to tear through, but it's refreshing to read someone who doesn't think like a modern. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Evan Simpkins | 9/24/2013

    " The antidote to paganism, declaration of Independence and Constitution of Christendom. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tyler | 9/17/2013

    " Tough Read but there is a lot in here that is solid gold. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenn | 8/20/2013

    " This book is proof that nothing ever changes. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michelle | 5/1/2013

    " I'm not a Catholic so I struggled with some of the Saint's assumptions. Nevertheless, it's a pretty heavy analysis of the progression from pagan to Christian in Rome. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mark Gibson | 12/11/2011

    " Insight into the heart of God that should be our hearts cry also. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Winn | 7/15/2011

    " It is an embarrassment to rate The City of God like this, but it's all because of the translation. I slogged through it as long as I could, but then I had to go purchase a better version. I'm sure this newer version will rate better. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Don Weidinger | 4/13/2011

    " and the reason for the fall of Rome is... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dan | 3/7/2011

    " Single longest book I have ever read. Absolutely worth the effort. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tom | 10/14/2009

    " If your a history buff, especially Roman Empire history, this will be a great read. Not an easy read at all, but very good. I found many correlations to today's America and the condition of the Christian Churches. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marianna | 3/10/2009

    " How do you rate a classic theological work? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paul | 10/9/2008

    " This guy was a genius, hands down. If all of my Catholic teachers were this brilliant, clear-headed and humble, I may have stuck it out in the Catholic faith. I guess me and Augustine will just have to be homies instead. "

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About the Narrator

Bernard Mayes is a teacher, administrator, corporate executive, broadcaster, actor, dramatist, and former international commentator on US culture. He is best known for his readings of historical classics.