The gods of the nations: St. Augustine's apocalyptic political theology /

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Author / Creator:Strand, Daniel DeForrest, author.
Ann Arbor : ProQuest Dissertations & Theses, 2015
Description:1 electronic resource (193 pages)
Format: E-Resource Dissertations
Local Note:School code: 0330
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Other authors / contributors:University of Chicago. degree granting institution.
Notes:Advisors: William Schweiker Committee members: John Cavadini; Eric Gregory.
Dissertation Abstracts International, Volume: 77-02(E), Section: A.
Summary:Contemporary scholarship on Augustine's political theology and thought focuses on book 19 of the City of God. This is a mistake and misses the rich political material in books 1-10. The dissertation argues that Augustine's reading of Roman religion in books 1-10 is essentially a political theological one. Through his reading of Roman history he asserts that the Roman Gods who rule the Roman Empire are in fact insidious demons that have enslaved the Romans. In his comprehensive analysis he develops an apocalyptic theological hermeneutic which forms the basis for the rest of his magnum opus. The dissertation offers an interpretation of the City of God broadly and its relevance for contemporary discussions in theology and political thought.