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The City of God (Librovox)

Saint Augustine

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Rome having been stormed and sacked by the Goths under Alaric their king, the worshippers of false gods, or pagans, as we commonly call them, made an attempt to attribute this calamity to the Christian religion, and began to blaspheme the true God with even more than their wonted bitterness and acerbity. It was this which kindled my zeal for the house of God, and prompted me to undertake the defence of the city of God against the charges and misrepresentations of its assailants. This work was in my hands for several years, owing to the interruptions occasioned by many other affairs which had a prior claim on my attention, and which I could not defer. However, this great undertaking was at last completed in twenty-two books. Of these, the first five refute those who fancy that the polytheistic worship is necessary in order to secure worldly prosperity, and that all these overwhelming calamities have befallen us in consequence of its prohibition. In the following five books I address myself to those who admit that such calamities have at all times attended, and will at all times attend, the human race, and that they constantly recur in forms more or less disastrous, varying only in the scenes, occasions, and persons on whom they light, but, while admitting this, maintain that the worship of the gods is advantageous for the life to come. In these ten books, then, I refute these two opinions, which are as groundless as they are antagonistic to the Christian religion. But that no one might have occasion to say, that though I had refuted the tenets of other men, I had omitted to establish my own, I devote to this object the second part of this work, which comprises twelve books, although I have not scrupled, as occasion offered, either to advance my own opinions in the first ten books, or to demolish the arguments of my opponents in the last twelve. Of these twelve books, the first four contain an account of the origin of these two cities-the city of God, and the city of the world. The second four treat of their hist

Language:

English

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LibriVox Community

Length:

40h 28m


Chapters

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Chapter 1
Chapter 1

47:07


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

48:45


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

40:52


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

46:56


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

43:16


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

44:53


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

43:39


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

41:48


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

54:08


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

48:03


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

30:11


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

30:07


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

47:02


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

45:32


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

45:46


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

50:49


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

27:34


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

30:09


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

55:31


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

59:01


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

24:52


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

32:41


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

38:11


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

29:44


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

31:10


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

26:26


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

27:30


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

30:10


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

25:10


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

22:33


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

29:43


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

27:01


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

23:49


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

27:41


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

30:42


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

34:32


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

28:05


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

31:52


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

32:28


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

31:24


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

38:45


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

31:49


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

29:15


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

28:18


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

27:54


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

28:22


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

30:00


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

25:02


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

31:45


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

31:34


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

28:19


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

34:02


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

28:31


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

33:20


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

26:40


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

26:55


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

34:24


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

32:53


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

36:38


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

30:41


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

30:26


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

37:12


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

41:27


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

39:06


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

31:49


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

42:07


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

37:58


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

45:06


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

41:15