A Christian Philosophy of History: St. Augustine and The City of God Public Deposited

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  • St. Augustine was an influential member of the early Christian Church, establishing many doctrines of the Christian faith. One of his most significant contributions to Christianity was a Christian philosophy of history. Augustine defined the purpose of history as God providing salvation to humanity after the fall of Adam. This salvation is achieved through a conflict between two cities of people, the earthly city and the City of God, which are defined by two separate loves. The earthly citizens love themselves more than God, while the citizens in the City of God love God more than themselves. Salvation is ultimately provided to the predestined citizens of the City of God in the final judgment, while citizens of the earthly city are damned to eternal punishment in a pit of fire. This philosophy of history broke with the classical tradition history, which believed that history was cyclic, repeating continuously for all eternity. Augustine defined history as having a distinct beginning and end, through which God worked to provide salvation to humanity.
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