Christ and the Just Society in the Thought of Augustine by Robert Dodaro

By Robert Dodaro

Contemplating Augustine's political suggestion and ethics with regards to his theology, this e-book expands on past works through Augustine. It makes a speciality of the position of grace and the Bible, which Augustine observed as contributing to the soul's progress in advantage, major him to revise the traditional techniques of heroism and the statesman. the amount may be crucial studying for students of Augustine, Christian theology, overdue Roman antiquity, the background of Western political notion, and political ethics.

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This point is convincingly demonstrated by D. Trout, ‘Re-Textualizing Lucretia: Cultural Subversion in the City of God ’, Journal of Early Christian Studies 2:1 (1994), 53–70. Among Christian writers citing Lucretia favourably as an example, Trout identifies Tertullian, Ad martyras 4 (he cites other texts at 61 n. 192 to Ausonius. See also I. Donaldson, The Rapes of Lucretia: A Myth and its Transformation (Oxford, 1982), A. Droge and J. Tabor, A Noble Death: Suicide and Martyrdom among Christians and Jews in Antiquity (San Francisco, 1992).

Quant. 73 and ep. 16–19, where Augustine extends the theme of fear of death into a discussion of the conflict between temporal and permanent goods. At ep. 4, he applies this principle to political life by reminding the vicar of Africa, Macedonius, that mortal life is to be endured in the hope of attaining eternal goods. See ciu. 7 on this point. See also Rebillard, In hora mortis, 53–5. On the distinction between eternal and temporal goods, see Plato, Apology 29d, 30b, and W. Jaeger, Paideia: The Ideals of Greek Culture, vol.

His discussion of the optimates, both in De re publica and elsewhere in his writings, demonstrates the linkage in his portrait of these men between civic virtues and skilful eloquence. Augustine’s criticism of Roman justice, like that of Lactantius, maintains that true justice became possible in Roman society only after the advent of Christ. In the following two chapters, we shall see that the central role in the advancement of a just society which Cicero assigns in De re publica to the just and eloquent statesman offers Augustine the backdrop and model for his own account of the role of Christ in the creation and maintenance of a just society.

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