Unformatted text preview: mmentary on scripture • content • from Platonism to Christianity (13) You brought under my eye some books of the Platonists…. There I read, not, of Platonists…. not of course, in these words, but with entirely the in but same sense and supported by numerous same supported and varied reasons: reasons ‘In the beginning was the Word, and the In Word was with God and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him, and without him nothing was made. What was made was life in him; and the life was the light of men. And the light shone in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.’ darkness (14) Again, I read there that the Word, God, read is ‘born not of the flesh, nor of blood, nor of the will of man nor of the will of the flesh, but of God.’ But that ‘the word was made flesh and dwelt among us’ I did not read there. not (16) By the Platonic books I was admonished to return into myself. With you return With as my guide I entered into my innermost innermost citadel … and with my soul’s eye … saw … citadel the immutable light higher than my mind, … utterly different from all our kinds of light…. utterly Augustine Augustine
his own story Alaric’s Goths sack Rome, 410 The City of God, 413-25
the story of mankind history as the story of salvation Augustine died in 430; Augustine Romulus Augustulus, the last Roman emperor, deposed by Odoacer, a German, 476; Odoacer killed by Theoderic, Odoacer Theoderic an Ostrogoth, 493 an Roman Empire Roman centralized government effective over long distances in support of urban civilization Rome’s population Rome’s about 1M: 1st century CE about 50K: 5th century CE Western Europe’s population 3rd century CE: 22M 7th century CE: 15M After the Empire After p...
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