The Motive of Peace in “The City of God”

In his book, “The City of God,” Saint Augustine of Hippo writes to defend Christianity against pagan claims of abandonment from God. When the city of Rome fell in 410, many citizens argued that it was Christianity’s fault, but Augustine says that the blood was on the hands of those who oppose God by searching … Read moreThe Motive of Peace in “The City of God”

Augustine’s Cities: Living According to God vs. Living According to Man

In The City of God, Augustine goes to great lengths to explain the distinction between living according to God and living according to man using an analogy of two cities. With this distinction, he shows that living according to God is superior because it offers the promise of salvation and true happiness after death, something … Read moreAugustine’s Cities: Living According to God vs. Living According to Man

Questions of Subordination and Law in Early Political Thought

In “The Politics” Aristotle made an explicit rationale for subordination. He suggested that some human beings may possess an innate fitness for either slavery or rule, and that those who are enslaved deserve to be so entirely because they have been dominated by a stronger power. Aristotle’s justification rests in part on the example of … Read moreQuestions of Subordination and Law in Early Political Thought