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Boofe XI. 1 The expression, "City of God," which I have been using is justified by that Scripture whose divine authority puts it above the literature of all other people and brings under its sway every type of human genius ... not by some casual intellectual reaction, but by a disposition of Divine Providence. For, in this Scripture, we read: "Glorious things are said of thee, O city of God" [Ps. 3. ] . . Through these and similar passages too numerous to quote, we learn of the existence of a City of God whose Founder has inspired us with a love and longing to be- come its citizens.

In this way they are themselves destroyed within sight of the shining home. Finally—a most important point—the harbor is wide, and one may still fail to put ashore and so not achieve one's goal. There are significant anticipations of the City of God here. The very term "citizens" (ciues) is used, and the phrase "on pilgrimage from their fatherland" (a sua patria peregrinari) is that characteristically ap- plied in the later work to the citizens of the heavenly city in their life on earth. The illusions of prosperity and the transcendent role of Providence in its use of adversity are here fully emphasized.

3-5. ] The text of the City of God itself is furnished with a set of headings for every chapter of the work. This . goes back to medieval times and is sometimes at- tributed to Augustine himself or said to have been composed on his instructions. A perusal of it will ac- quaint the reader with the actual matter of the work. Augustine reviews the progress of the work at special junctures—such as Books II. 2; III. 1; IV. 1-2; VI. Preface and 1; XI. 1; XII. 1; XVIII. 1. Of these a few are as follows: 22 Book VI.

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