Are you interested in reading one of the most influential books in the history of western civilization? Do you have five or ten minutes a day? If so, you should seriously consider reading City of God in 2014.
This year I plan to read Augustines City of God from cover to cover. If I read a couple of chapters every day, I should finish sometime in mid-December. Its always easier to accomplish shared goals, so Ive decided to see if anyone else wants to read along with me.
Why should you read the City of God with me in 2014? Because its awesome. Augustine of Hippo started his magnum opus after Germans sacked the city of Rome in 410. Both pagan Romans and Christian Romans took the destruction of the city pretty hard, and both looked for meaning in the event. The pagans blamed the Christians, and many Christians couldnt understand how this catastrophe could happen in a Christian empire. Augustine writes his book to put historical events in a theological perspective. City of God has everythinghistory, theology, philosophy, science. Augustine crams a lot of ancient learning into this one book. I like to think of the City of God as the capstone of the ancient world. Its definitely worth reading.
City of God comprises twenty-two books. Most books contain around thirty chapters. If one reads a couple of chapters a day, one should finish within a year. These chapters are relatively short. Most daily readings will be around three or four pages long.
Ive started a Facebook group for people interested in reading City of God. Ill post the reading schedule there. We can discuss the text, argue about what it means, and hold each other accountable for doing the reading. Well officially kick off on January 6.
Join the Facebook group and read some Augustine with me.
We launched the First Things 2023 Year-End Campaign to keep articles like the one you just read free of charge to everyone.
Measured in dollars and cents, this doesn't make sense. But consider who is able to read First Things: pastors and priests, college students and professors, young professionals and families. Last year, we had more than three million unique readers on firstthings.com.
Informing and inspiring these people is why First Things doesn't only think in terms of dollars and cents. And it's why we urgently need your year-end support.
Will you give today?