Along with his Confessions, The City of God is undoubtedly St. Augustine’s most influential work. In the context of what begins as a lengthy critique of classic Roman religion and a defense of Christianity, Augustine touches upon numerous topics, including the role of grace, the original state of humanity, the possibility of waging a just war, the ideal form of government, and the nature of heaven and hell. But his major concern is the difference between the City of God and the City of Man–one built on love of God, the other on love of self. One cannot but be moved and impressed by the author’s breadth of interest and penetrating intelligence. For all those who are interested in the greatest classics of Christian antiquity, The City of God is indispensible.
This long-awaited translation by William Babcock is published in two volumes, with an introduction and annotation that make Augustine’s monumental work approachable.
New City Press is proud to offer the best modern translations available of Saint Augustine. Augustine’s writings are useful to anyone interested in patristics, church history, theology, and Western civilization.
In 1990, New City Press, in conjunction with the Augustinian Heritage Institute, began the project known as The Works of Saint Augustine, A Translation for the 21st Century. The plan is to translate and publish all 132 works of Saint Augustine, his entire corpus, into modern English. This represents the first time in which the works of Saint Augustine will all be translated into English. Many existing translations were often archaic or faulty, and the scholarship was outdated. The Works of Saint Augustine, A Translation for the 21st Century will be translated into 49 published books. To date, 43 books have been published by NCP containing 93 of his works. The complete Works of Saint Augustine will total 132 works in 49 volumes.
“Death should not be thought an evil when a good life precedes it. For nothing makes death an evil except what follows death. Consequently, those who are inevitably going to die have little reason to worry about how they are going to die, and much reason to worry about where they will be brought by dying.” (Volume 6, Page 14)
“Let them all, therefore, give way to the philosophers who asserted that human beings are happy not in the enjoyment of the body, nor in the enjoyment of the soul, but in the enjoyment of God, enjoying him not as the soul enjoys the body or as the soul enjoys itself or as a friend enjoys a friend but rather as the eye enjoys the light40—if, that is, we can draw any likeness at all between the one thing and the other.” (Volume 6, Page 252)
“If men are praised for weeping over enemies whom they have themselves defeated, surely human feeling will grant us that it is no crime for a woman to weep over her betrothed, killed by her own brother!” (Volume 6, Page 84)
“Surprisingly, then, there is in humility something that lifts up the heart, and there is in exaltation something that brings down the heart. It certainly seems somewhat paradoxical that exaltation should bring down and humility should lift up. Devout humility, however, makes the heart subject to what is superior to it. But nothing is superior to God, and so the humility that makes the heart subject to God actually exalts it. In contrast, exaltation expresses a fault, and, for that very reason, it spurns subjection and falls away from him who has no superior. As a result, it brings the heart down, and what is written comes to pass: You cast them down while they were being exalted (Ps 73:18).” (Volume 7, Page 120)
Augustine was surely larger than life and this translation matches him.
—Richard Rohr, O.F.M.
The monumental City of God has astonishingly relevant things to say to an age of postmodernism, secularism, multiculturalism and globalization. This affordable new translation with useful notes will make this masterpiece accessible to the 21st century reader.
—Karla Pollmann, University of St. Andrews
City of God is the longest text centered on a single argument to have survived from Greco-Roman antiquity. The challenges of translating such a work arise not just from the brute size of the task, but also from the variety of topics Augustine treats, the complexity of his Latin, and the intricacy of his argument. It is thus no small accomplishment—and service—that William Babcock has rendered Augustine’s prose with such skill, vibrancy, and verve. This new translation will deservedly become the standard for many years to come.
—Gregory W. Lee, Wheaton College, Illinois
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