I know that it has been awhile since I’ve done an official blog on this page, but that does not mean that I have stopped writing. Over the past year, I’ve teamed up with William Leonhart over at CredoCovenant to write a blog series on public theology. Over the next few weeks or so, I will be re-posting the blogs that I’ve written on this topic because I think it provides a useful framework of how to think through how Christians should interact with the culture around us (with applications to modern pressing cultural issues). The hope is that this series will help provoke thought. One of the first blogs that I wrote involved a brief summary of Augustine’s “City of God”. Enjoy!
Augustine wrote City of God as an apologetic in response to those who were crediting Christians with the downfall of Rome. They argued that Christianity as a religion weakens cultures and makes them susceptible to overthrow by foreign powers. Augustine argued to the contrary that, whereas faithful commitment to the God of Scripture has always brought about flourishing in particular cultures, increased rebellion against Him has always resulted in their downfall. Within these cultures, Augustine recognized that there were two types of citizens: those of the City of God and those of the City of Man (also known as the city of this world or the earthly city).
A Necessary Dichotomy
Augustine distinguished the City of God from the City of Man. These two cities are organized societies with citizens who are respectively distinguished by the standards by which they live. Citizens of the City…
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