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He's respected via either St. Thomas AQUINAS and John CALVIN. Augustine wrote an immense volume of spiritual literature, sermons, letters, and books, the main recognized of that are his Confessions and town of God. The latter comprises his political philosophy, the 1st systematic Christian political idea within the West. Augustine lived throughout the finish of the Roman Empire (the destruction of Rome via barbarians led by way of Alaric the Goth in 410). Many Romans blamed the autumn in their empire to the increase of Christianity and decline of pagan Roman religions. In his ebook the town of God, Augustine argued that it used to be really the sins of these pagan ideals that resulted in the ethical decay and social and armed forces weak point of the Roman Empire. within the technique of protecting the religion, St. Augustine constructed a distinct Christian political notion. Augustine, St. Augustinian political concept revolves round the towns: the town of God—or transcendent heavenly kingdom—and town of Man—or all earthly governments (regardless of kind). the town of God is that everlasting realm governed without delay via God of ideal JUSTICE, excellent peace, and excellent love. the town of guy is all earthly states characterised by means of imperfect justice, imperfect peace, and incomplete love. due to humanity’s sinful nature, worldly governments will consistently be marked by means of corruption, greed, and lust for strength; its values are ever wealth, domination, and status— rising from human sin and satisfaction. the town of God is marked by means of humility, poverty, lowliness, and love, as exemplified via Christ. occasionally, Augustine refers back to the urban of guy as Babylon or Rome, and town of God as Jerusalem. otherwise of defining those nation-states is through their respective loves: the affection of humankind (or HUMANISM) as opposed to the affection of God. So Augustinian Christian political thought breaks with classical Greek and Roman idea in refusing to believe in any earthy regime, get together, chief, or reason. All worldly makes an attempt at reform are doomed via human self-righteousness and satisfaction; in simple terms religion in God via Jesus Christ is pleasurable. simply because Jesus stated “the nation of God is inside of you”—indwelling believers during the Holy Spirit—Christians stay in either Kingdoms or towns. because the Resurrection of Christ, the devoted dwell within the urban of God, even in the world, spiritually, whereas nonetheless residing within the urban of guy briefly. This “dual citizenship” of Christians calls for them to be obedient to rulers yet to treat God as their basically actual king and to work out existence on the earth as a temporary pilgrimage getting ready them for everlasting existence in heaven. The church connects the 2 towns and is living in every one: It has constructions and ministers and faculties on the earth, yet its actual house is with God in heaven. It represents God on the earth because the Holy Spirit lives in the church and publicizes the reality of God’s love and forgiveness via Christ to the realm. The church, “the physique of Christ,” like Jesus whilst he walked the earth, is “in, yet no longer of” the realm: It is living and works on the earth yet adheres to heavenly values of humility, meekness, love, and forgiveness.

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