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One of the great cornerstones in the history of Christian philosophy, The City of God provides an insightful interpretation of the development of modern Western society and the origin of most Western thought. Contrasting earthly and heavenly cities--representing the omnipresent struggle between good and evil--Augustine explores human history in its relation to all eternity. As celebrated historian Jaroslav Pelikan concluded: "There has, quite literally, been no century in sixteen centuries since the conversion of St. Augustine in which he has not been a major intellectual, spiritual, and cultural force--.the thought of Augustine has been one of the most persistent themes of Western intellectual history."The Modern Library Paperback Classics unabridged version of the Marcus Dods translation, with an introduction by Thomas Merton and commentary by St. Augustine, John of Salisbury, and St. Thomas Aquinas, will prove invaluable to students.