This month I’ve been st
ruggling through one of the so-called all-time greats of Christian literature—that is, “The City of God” by St Augustine of Hippo. Listening to it as an audiobook, I can just about keep going. If I had to read it in print, I wouldn’t have a chance. It’s very long and very pedantic. It starts out as total tedium, brightens up for a few chapters in the middle, and then the relapses back into total boredom.
In spite of all this, it’s a worthwhile experience,because it does give some insight in to the character of the writer; and since Augustine is, after Paul, arguably the most influential Christian writer of all time, that has to be of some value. Continue reading