City of God

Harold Wolfe

What is the City of God?

Is a philosophical treatise vindicating Christianity written by the medieval philosopher Saint Augustine as De civitate Dei about 413–426 ce. A masterpiece of Western culture, The City of God was written in response to pagan claims that the sack of Rome by barbarians in 410 was one of the consequences of the abolition of pagan worship by Christian emperors.

The City of God was one of the most influential works of the Middle Ages. St. Augustine's famous theory that people need government because they are sinful served as a model of church-state relations in medieval times.

What makes it Important?

The City of God attracted many people due to the art that was shown with it. Theologians flocked to the City of God to look and read about the theories. Theologians such as Thomas Aquinas and John Calvin were some theologians who came to look at City of God over the time It helped with findings and thoughts of people throughout that time. The City of God is a cornerstone of Western thought, expounding on many profound questions of theology, such as the suffering of the righteous, the existence of evil, the conflict between free will and divine omniscience, and the doctrine of original sin.