Greek, Roman, And Hebrew Cultures Essay

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Greek, Roman, and Hebrew Cultures’ in The City of God
In the ancient world Rome was known as the Eternal City because the Romans thought it would last forever. However, the empire of Rome fell in 410. The pagans were quick to blame the new found religion of Christianity for the city’s demise. This led to the Bishop of Hippo, St. Augustine, to develop the concept of a distinction from a materialistic Earthly City and Heavenly City. St. Augustine theorized this concept in his book The City of God. His book soon became a staple for Christians all over, as it greatly influenced Christian philosophy and the development of Christianity in Western Civilization. The City of God is full of sophisticated passages that challenged readers and their beliefs. The difficult undertaking of writing such passages soon earned St. Augustine a place in the history books. Although, Augustine’s goal in writing the book was to defend The Heavenly City. In order to defend the city, Augustine had to show evidence for the support of the Christian God. Not only did he need to provide proof for Christianity, but he also had to show where other religions fell short. St. Augustine appropriated Greek, Roman, and Hebrew cultures by using significant events within these cultures’ histories to provide proof for the Christian God. Augustine appropriated these cultures to explain why Rome fell, how to seek justice, and to tell of the Earthly and Heavenly cities.
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