RESPONSE PAPER 2 - RESPONSE PAPER 2 The City of God When...

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RESPONSE PAPER 2 The City of God When reading these early Christian texts, I find it important to note the relevance to Christianity today. While there are certainly many differences between the Roman imperial church and the modern church, there are some striking similarities. St. Augustine’s “The City of God,” for example, employed tactics tremendously reminiscent of evangelical ministers. It used strong, almost violent arguments against the pagans, leaving no room for dispute. While its actual premises may be questionable, an argument does not have to be airtight by any means to be convincing, especially when the audience is composed largely of common folk, as Augustine’s no doubt was. Evangelical preachers use a similar technique, even as far back as Puritan minister Jonathan Edwards. In his famous sermon “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God,” Edwards did not form any logical arguments, but so certain was his tone and so dire his imagery that he was able to lead an entire congregation to believe that their souls belonged to the devil. Fantastical fabrications coming from a trusted authoritative figure are no doubt often far
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This essay was uploaded on 04/11/2008 for the course HIST 110 taught by Professor Hughes during the Fall '07 term at University of Michigan.

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RESPONSE PAPER 2 - RESPONSE PAPER 2 The City of God When...

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