Augustine: The City of God
I. There is a city composed of God's faithful, but it is in heaven, and only partly here below on earth
--The Romans were foolish to think that their city can avoid the fates of many
--Christians as well as pagans died
--The Romans themselves destroyed other peoples' temples in their own wars of conquests
--The Roman pagans thought their gods would protect them and blame the Christians for removing them
--The Roman Christians thought their God would protect them, and yet they too were slaughtered
II. Questions needing answers
--Why then, do bad things happen to good people?
--Is there a plan to human history?
--What does God want from humans? Can they provide it?
--What can Christians hope for?
--Can there be justice in this world?
--What is the relationship between human governments and the communities of Christians?
--Can Christians create a "heaven on earth"?