The Political Writings of St. Augustine
Gateway Editions, 1962 - 358 páginas
Anyone with a better than cursory knowledge of politics knows that a people's deepest values - their religious values - are what determine whether a society will prosper or fail. And anyone with a more than cursory knowledge of history knows that there was once an entity called Christendom - a political society self-consciously in obeisance to a total Christian view of life.
Here in one concise volume is St. Augustine's brilliant analysis of where faith and politics meet - casting a penetrating light on Roman civilization, the coming Middle Ages, ecclesiastical politics, and some of the most powerful ideas in the Western tradition, including Augustine's famous "just war theory" and his timeless ideas of how men should live in society.
With the classic introduction by Henry Paolucci and an analysis by Dino Bigongiari.
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Yet one cannot say that the things this earthly city desires are not good , since it
itself is , of its kind , better than all other human things . For it desires earthly
peace for the sake of enjoying earthly goods , and it makes war in order to attain
I had asked a little before which would be the more precious , and which would
be the better , gold , or good faith . Wherefore one thing sayest thou , another
thing doest ? Fearest thou not this voice , If truly justice ye speak , judge right
... it is prudence to choose this , fortitude to be turned from it by no obstacles ,
temperance to be enticed by no allurements , justice to be diverted by no pride .
Why do we choose what we exclusively love , except that we find nothing better ?
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