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St. Augustine - Making Christianity Safe for Politics St. Augustine – some background Lived 354 – 430 Lived a decadent life until being baptized at age 33 Rose quickly in the church – becoming Bishop of Hippo Wrote City of God at age 59 (413) Platonic influence His writings will dominate the views of the church and of politics until around 1150 Rome from 0 - 430 Christians exist but are persecuted for the first three centuries The Roman Empire is flourishing, although suffering problems like civil wars 311 – Rome becomes neutral to Christianity – Emperor Constantine converts 378 Christianity becomes the official religion of the empire 410 Rome is sacked and the Roman Empire comes to an end Basic shifts occurring Rationality Faith Political Institutions Church Wisdom/Knowledge Bible/Faith Influence of Plato will be seen Plato and Aristotle will then be lost until early 1100s Will enter medieval period – also called the dark ages Making Christianity Safe for Politics Christianity is being blamed for the fall of the Roman Empire Augustine replies to these charges First – Romans are corrupt and deserved to be punished Second – Because of Jesus – the sack of Rome was not as bad as it could have
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This note was uploaded on 04/18/2008 for the course PS 207 taught by Professor Watry during the Winter '08 term at N. Michigan.

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