Thursday, September 4, 2014

"City of God" XVIII.19-22

Chapter 19-21:
Augustine parallels the development of the Roman monarchy from Aeneas with the development of the Jewish monarchy through Saul, so highlighting the fact that there are on the surface certain similarities between the two cities.
This parallel breaks down, however, when we see that in the city of man, kings are made into gods, while in the City of God, God makes men kings.

Chapter 22:
This is not to say that the city of man is without its uses: "To be brief, the city of Rome was founded, like another Babylon, and as it were the daughter of the former Babylon, by which God was pleased to conquer the whole world, and subdue it far and wide by bringing it into one fellowship of government and laws."

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