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St Augustine's Two Cities

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One of the most renowned Doctors of the Church, St Augustine (c.354 430 A.D.) was the author of many important works for the establishment of the Christian Churchs orthodoxy. There are three main periods in Augustines life that may be of importance for understanding the ideas expressed in the City of God. By these, one can mean the three famous controversies against the Manichean, Donatist, and Pelagian heresies, which are commonly referred to as the reason behind Augustine s own theology. The two cities just mentioned, Jerusalem and Babylon, are always described by Augustine as mixed in the present but meant to separate in the future, i.e., at the end of time. One is the city of the impious, while the other is the city of the saints, as Augustine is going to clearly state in the City of God.

Keywords: Babylon; City of God; Jerusalem; St Augustine



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