Reading the Classics with Saint Augustine 2014
Why not ring in the new year with Saint Augustine? Reading the classics has been an on-going goal and resolution of mine for several years so you can imagine how happy I was to discover a reading Saint Augustine Facebook group called the Reading City of God.
I should have read Augustine’s City of God years–no, make that decades–ago when I first received a copy by a fellow student in my philosophy class. (Shrug.) Good intentions as they were, the reading never happened; although the book has presented itself regularly throughout my life. I had no idea the book took thirteen years to write. That’s a long time. I should know. It took me thirteen years to land a publishing contract. Since the Penguin edition of City of God is 1,091 pages–about the length of my recent read, The Count of Monte Cristo–I don’t plan to finish this book in a day or even a month. Besides, I want time to reflect a bit on the words read each day..
“What grace is meant to do is to help good people, not to escape their sufferings, but to bear them with a stout heart, with a fortitude that finds its strength in faith.” ~ Augustine of Hippo, City of GodWhy read Saint Augustine and City of God?
Why read City of God by Saint Augustine?
Some have described reading Augustine’s masterpiece as a “soul-moving experience,” others cite its claim to being one of the most influential books of all time; still others maintain that Augustine is a modern writer whose seminal work speaks to us today. The book has everything from pagans to Christians and the sack of Rome. You’ll find science, theology, philosophy, and, of course, history.
If you want to know how the modern world got where it is today, spend time delving deeply into Saint Augustine’s City of God. Why not join me Facebook? Share your thoughts below in the comment section and let me know if you’ve read City of God.
- Go here for more on the 2014 City of God reading plan.
- Check here for the Facebook City of God reading group.