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Augustine of Hippo's masterpiece The City of God is one of the greatest books ever written, yet its size - nearly 1,000 pages - too often intimidates even serious readers. Composed in the years after the sack of Rome in the fifth century, it ushers you on an astounding historical and theological journey through the final years of the ancient world. What made this book so powerful? What mysteries lie within it? What relevance does the 1,600-year-old text have for our world today? And how should contemporary readers approach this monumental text?

Now is your chance to answer these questions and more with this profound survey of one of the world's truly great books. Over the course of 24 in-depth lectures, Professor Mathewes guides you chapter by chapter through Augustine's magnum opus, introducing you not only to the book's key arguments but also to the historical context necessary to comprehend The City of God's true power.

Here, you'll discover that Augustine was a surprisingly modern man with a clear-eyed outlook on a world in transition - and whose ideas continue to influence us today. Witness how he wrestled with some of the thorniest philosophical challenges of any time, including the problem of evil, faith versus reason, fate versus free will, and the very nature of God. Although there are no easy answers, Augustine's approach is ultimately therapeutic, helping readers live "happy in hope", which, he argues, is the only true happiness in a fallen world.

Whether you come to this book as a Christian, a philosopher, a historian, a literature lover, or simply someone who wants fresh insight into our world today, Augustine will revolutionize the way you think about politics, religion, history, and our relationship to the divine. Professor Mathewes delivers a magnificent introduction to one of the world's truly great books.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

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Incredible presentation of an incredible work

Join in this pilgrimage through Augustine's City of God - it's well worth your time!

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Gloriassisima

Exceptional lecturer, funny and insightful, on a topic worthy of reflection. Looking forward to more lectures from him.

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Engaging and insightful<br />

This is a book that has long sat on my shelf - barely started and abandoned. These lectures make the themes of the book accessible and give a context for understanding Augustine and the world he lived in.

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truly, a great course! + essential for historians!

This has to be my favorite "audiobook" by far! I've enjoyed these lectures so much, from the style of the narrative, to the content, to the wisdom of the commentary. I will listen to it again for sure.
I especially want to recommend this to all my historian friends. Whether they're believers or not, they should listen to this audiobook and read the City of God. It's relevant for understanding the ancient, medieval, and modern world, and illuminates so much of the context we live in today.
Oh, and Professor Mathewes is an excellent lecturer. I hope I can attend a lecture of his live some day, now that I've listened to this.

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A Wonderful Journey Through Abstractions

Fantastic listen for anybody with a Christian background or interest in antiquity. The course succeeds in providing it's listeners with a fresh perspective on politics and daily life in general. It's a great aerial perspective on human nature.

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Gives a thorough overview of a daunting work.

This lecture series summarizes each of the 20+ books that make up this monumental work of Christian thought and provides listeners with a general gist of Augustine’s core insight; namely, that the end of the world has already taken place.

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The material just stopped

Listening and about to finish chapter 2 when it just stopped playing and the entire audio book which I already downloaded in my phone just disappered as if it was never downloaded. What happened Amazon?

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Great way to make CoG more accessible!

Professor Matthewes really knows how to turn a phrase! Seriously, though, a great way to open up a very long and dense book.

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WOW

Professor Mathewes is incredible in the delivery of his lectures. I am blown away with Augustine and the picture he paints of God and His City. This has given me a new awe of God and left me both humbled and challenged.

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I feel smarter just by listening to the professor

It took me a while to jive with the speakers cadence and delivery. But once I did I was taken away by his gift for understanding of all things Augustine. Very informed and introduced us to many other topics of study.

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A tour de force

I thoroughly recommend Professor Mathewes course on one of the great books in human history. He addresses the major themes of The City of God with passion, eloquence and erudition. It will inspire any serious thinker who wants to explore the great questions of human existence.