We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.co.uk/access.
Books That Matter: The City of God Lecture

Books That Matter: The City of God

Regular Price:£31.99
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • £7.99/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Publisher's Summary

Augustine of Hippo's masterpiece The City of God is one of the greatest books ever written, yet its size - nearly 1,000 pages - too often intimidates even serious readers. Composed in the years after the sack of Rome in the fifth century, it ushers you on an astounding historical and theological journey through the final years of the ancient world. What made this book so powerful? What mysteries lie within it? What relevance does the 1,600-year-old text have for our world today? And how should contemporary readers approach this monumental text?

Now is your chance to answer these questions and more with this profound survey of one of the world's truly great books. Over the course of 24 in-depth lectures, Professor Mathewes guides you chapter by chapter through Augustine's magnum opus, introducing you not only to the book's key arguments but also to the historical context necessary to comprehend The City of God's true power.

Here, you'll discover that Augustine was a surprisingly modern man with a clear-eyed outlook on a world in transition - and whose ideas continue to influence us today. Witness how he wrestled with some of the thorniest philosophical challenges of any time, including the problem of evil, faith versus reason, fate versus free will, and the very nature of God. Although there are no easy answers, Augustine's approach is ultimately therapeutic, helping readers live "happy in hope", which, he argues, is the only true happiness in a fallen world.

Whether you come to this book as a Christian, a philosopher, a historian, a literature lover, or simply someone who wants fresh insight into our world today, Augustine will revolutionize the way you think about politics, religion, history, and our relationship to the divine. Professor Mathewes delivers a magnificent introduction to one of the world's truly great books.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2016 The Great Courses (P)2016 The Teaching Company, LLC

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.4 (8 )
5 star
 (6)
4 star
 (1)
3 star
 (0)
2 star
 (0)
1 star
 (1)
Overall
5.0 (4 )
5 star
 (4)
4 star
 (0)
3 star
 (0)
2 star
 (0)
1 star
 (0)
Story
4.2 (5 )
5 star
 (4)
4 star
 (0)
3 star
 (0)
2 star
 (0)
1 star
 (1)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Roisin Deighan 17/03/2017
    Roisin Deighan 17/03/2017 Member Since 2016
    HELPFUL VOTES
    14
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    16
    13
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "A tour de force"

    I thoroughly recommend Professor Mathewes course on one of the great books in human history. He addresses the major themes of The City of God with passion, eloquence and erudition. It will inspire any serious thinker who wants to explore the great questions of human existence.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
Sort by:
  • Daniel McCormick
    12/12/16
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Incredible presentation of an incredible work"

    Join in this pilgrimage through Augustine's City of God - it's well worth your time!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Eric S. Bindewald
    14/01/17
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Engaging and insightful
    "

    This is a book that has long sat on my shelf - barely started and abandoned. These lectures make the themes of the book accessible and give a context for understanding Augustine and the world he lived in.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Eric Roush
    17/04/17
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Gloriassisima"

    Exceptional lecturer, funny and insightful, on a topic worthy of reflection. Looking forward to more lectures from him.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Lucy Joukhajian
    United States
    27/04/17
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "truly, a great course! + essential for historians!"

    This has to be my favorite "audiobook" by far! I've enjoyed these lectures so much, from the style of the narrative, to the content, to the wisdom of the commentary. I will listen to it again for sure.
    I especially want to recommend this to all my historian friends. Whether they're believers or not, they should listen to this audiobook and read the City of God. It's relevant for understanding the ancient, medieval, and modern world, and illuminates so much of the context we live in today.
    Oh, and Professor Mathewes is an excellent lecturer. I hope I can attend a lecture of his live some day, now that I've listened to this.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    25/11/16
    Overall
    "A Wonderful Journey Through Abstractions"

    Fantastic listen for anybody with a Christian background or interest in antiquity. The course succeeds in providing it's listeners with a fresh perspective on politics and daily life in general. It's a great aerial perspective on human nature.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Will
    11/12/17
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Great way to make CoG more accessible!"

    Professor Matthewes really knows how to turn a phrase! Seriously, though, a great way to open up a very long and dense book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • John
    02/10/17
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "WOW"

    Professor Mathewes is incredible in the delivery of his lectures. I am blown away with Augustine and the picture he paints of God and His City. This has given me a new awe of God and left me both humbled and challenged.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • P. Kraver
    07/09/17
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "I feel smarter just by listening to the professor"

    It took me a while to jive with the speakers cadence and delivery. But once I did I was taken away by his gift for understanding of all things Augustine. Very informed and introduced us to many other topics of study.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jack A. Ladson
    31/08/17
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Astounding"

    the insight Professor Matthews has on Augustine thinking and writings is profound. I am so delighted I undertook this study.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • SZ
    los angeles, CA
    15/07/17
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "May Take a Few Listens"

    In short, the professor is obviously well versed in the material and seems excellent. The only tricky part is that he uses lots of 10-dollar words. They're the kind that are super precise and you kind of know the meaning of them, but when three or four are used in the same sentence, your mind just glazes. It's sort of like a rocket scientist explaining what he does with technical terms. He's certainly being more accurate than if he used layman terms, but it would be nice to throw in some more common words to assist the poor layman who is trying to wrap his head around the unfamiliar subject.
    That being said, taking on the City of God is a huge task, and I know more than I did before I started. I like the professor and hope to listen someday again and see if I can glean a little more from this sophisticated lesson.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank you.

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.