The City of God


Read by Darren L. Slider

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Rome having been stormed and sacked by the Goths under Alaric their king, the worshippers of false gods, or pagans, as we commonly call them, made an attempt to attribute this calamity to the Christian religion, and began to blaspheme the true God with even more than their wonted bitterness and acerbity. It was this which kindled my zeal for the house of God, and prompted me to undertake the defence of the city of God against the charges and misrepresentations of its assailants. This work was in my hands for several years, owing to the interruptions occasioned by many other affairs which had a prior claim on my attention, and which I could not defer.

However, this great undertaking was at last completed in twenty-two books. Of these, the first five refute those who fancy that the polytheistic worship is necessary in order to secure worldly prosperity, and that all these overwhelming calamities have befallen us in consequence of its prohibition. In the following five books I address myself to those who admit that such calamities have at all times attended, and will at all times attend, the human race, and that they constantly recur in forms more or less disastrous, varying only in the scenes, occasions, and persons on whom they light, but, while admitting this, maintain that the worship of the gods is advantageous for the life to come. In these ten books, then, I refute these two opinions, which are as groundless as they are antagonistic to the Christian religion.

But that no one might have occasion to say, that though I had refuted the tenets of other men, I had omitted to establish my own, I devote to this object the second part of this work, which comprises twelve books, although I have not scrupled, as occasion offered, either to advance my own opinions in the first ten books, or to demolish the arguments of my opponents in the last twelve. Of these twelve books, the first four contain an account of the origin of these two cities—the city of God, and the city of the world. The second four treat of their history or progress; the third and last four, of their deserved destinies. And so, though all these twenty-two books refer to both cities, yet I have named them after the better city, and called them The City of God. (Summary by the author in his Retractationes (ii. 43) as translated by Marcus Dods)

(40 hr 27 min)

Chapters

Book I: Preface; Chapters 1-15 47:06 Read by Darren L. Slider
Book I: Chapters 16-36 48:44 Read by Darren L. Slider
Book II: Chapters 1-17 40:51 Read by Darren L. Slider
Book II: Chapters 18-29 46:55 Read by Darren L. Slider
Book III: Chapters 1-16 43:15 Read by Darren L. Slider
Book III: Chapters 17-31 44:52 Read by Darren L. Slider
Book IV: Chapters 1-18 43:38 Read by Darren L. Slider
Book IV: Chapters 19-34 41:47 Read by Darren L. Slider
Book V: Preface; Chapters 1-12 54:07 Read by Darren L. Slider
Book V: Chapters 13-26 48:02 Read by Darren L. Slider
Book VI: Preface; Chapters 1-6 30:10 Read by Darren L. Slider
Book VI: Chapters 7-12 30:06 Read by Darren L. Slider
Book VII: Preface; Chapters 1-17 47:01 Read by Darren L. Slider
Book VII: Chapters 18-35 45:31 Read by Darren L. Slider
Book VIII: Chapters 1-14 45:45 Read by Darren L. Slider
Book VIII: Chapters 15-27 50:48 Read by Darren L. Slider
Book IX: Chapters 1-12 27:33 Read by Darren L. Slider
Book IX: Chapters 13-23 30:07 Read by Darren L. Slider
Book X: Chapters 1-17 55:30 Read by Darren L. Slider
Book X: Chapters 18-32 59:00 Read by Darren L. Slider
Book XI: Chapters 1-9 24:51 Read by Darren L. Slider
Book XI: Chapters 10-22 32:40 Read by Darren L. Slider
Book XI: Chapters 23-34 38:10 Read by Darren L. Slider
Book XII: Chapters 1-9 29:43 Read by Darren L. Slider
Book XII: Chapters 10-18 31:09 Read by Darren L. Slider
Book XII: Chapters 19-27 26:25 Read by Darren L. Slider
Book XIII: Chapters 1-11 27:29 Read by Darren L. Slider
Book XIII: Chapters 12-21 30:09 Read by Darren L. Slider
Book XIII: Chapters 22-24 25:09 Read by Darren L. Slider
Book XIV: Chapters 1-7 22:32 Read by Darren L. Slider
Book XIV: Chapters 8-12 29:42 Read by Darren L. Slider
Book XIV: Chapters 13-21 27:00 Read by Darren L. Slider
Book XIV: Chapters 22-28 23:48 Read by Darren L. Slider
Book XV: Chapters 1-7 27:40 Read by Darren L. Slider
Book XV: Chapters 8-14 30:41 Read by Darren L. Slider
Book XV: Chapters 15-21 34:31 Read by Darren L. Slider
Book XV: Chapters 22-27 28:04 Read by Darren L. Slider
Book XVI: Chapters 1-8 31:51 Read by Darren L. Slider
Book XVI: Chapters 9-20 32:27 Read by Darren L. Slider
Book XVI: Chapters 21-31 31:23 Read by Darren L. Slider
Book XVI: Chapters 32-43 38:44 Read by Darren L. Slider
Book XVII: Chapters 1-4 31:48 Read by Darren L. Slider
Book XVII: Chapters 5-8 29:14 Read by Darren L. Slider
Book XVII: Chapters 9-16 28:17 Read by Darren L. Slider
Book XVII: Chapters 17-24 27:53 Read by Darren L. Slider
Book XVIII: Chapters 1-11 28:21 Read by Darren L. Slider
Book XVIII: Chapters 12-22 29:59 Read by Darren L. Slider
Book XVIII: Chapters 23-31 25:01 Read by Darren L. Slider
Book XVIII: Chapters 32-39 31:44 Read by Darren L. Slider
Book XVIII: Chapters 40-47 31:33 Read by Darren L. Slider
Book XVIII: Chapters 48-54 28:18 Read by Darren L. Slider
Book XIX: Chapters 1-4 34:01 Read by Darren L. Slider
Book XIX: Chapters 5-12 28:30 Read by Darren L. Slider
Book XIX: Chapters 13-21 33:19 Read by Darren L. Slider
Book XIX: Chapters 22-28 26:39 Read by Darren L. Slider
Book XX: Chapters 1-6 26:54 Read by Darren L. Slider
Book XX: Chapters 7-11 34:23 Read by Darren L. Slider
Book XX: Chapters 12-19 32:52 Read by Darren L. Slider
Book XX: Chapters 20-24 36:37 Read by Darren L. Slider
Book XX: Chapters 25-30 30:40 Read by Darren L. Slider
Book XXI: Chapters 1-6 30:25 Read by Darren L. Slider
Book XXI: Chapters 7-14 37:11 Read by Darren L. Slider
Book XXI: Chapters 15-24 41:26 Read by Darren L. Slider
Book XXI: Chapters 25-27 39:05 Read by Darren L. Slider
Book XXII: Chapters 1-7 31:48 Read by Darren L. Slider
Book XXII: Chapters 8-9 42:06 Read by Darren L. Slider
Book XXII: Chapters 10-19 37:57 Read by Darren L. Slider
Book XXII: Chapters 20-25 45:05 Read by Darren L. Slider
Book XXII: Chapters 26-30 41:14 Read by Darren L. Slider

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Spent the past several weeks listening to this. It's amazing how something written in the first millennium of Christianity holds so many poignant illustrations that affect our lives to this day. Darrin also did a great job of reading this. I admit I have to go back and relisten to some parts but it's well worth it- And I know I could not have read the whole thing on my own to start. Great book, great recording!

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