In an ongoing exploration of the theological giants who have shaped the Christian tradition, the Credo Podcast delves into the profound legacy of one of the most pivotal figures in the history of the church: Augustine.
Matthew Barrett and Phillip Cary embark on a journey through Augustine’s transformative work, City of God. In Augustine’s day Rome was sacked and the Christians were blamed. As if worshipping the Christian God instead of the Roman gods invited the destruction of Rome. Augustine responded by providing the church with a framework to interpret history and reality itself from a distinctly theistic metaphysic amidst a world often antagonistic to Christian beliefs. Most of all, Augustine taught Christians what it looks like to live as citizens of the city of God when the city of man is perishing.
This episode offers a deep dive into Augustine’s seminal work, City of God. This masterpiece, standing at the crossroads of theology and apologetics, offers a window into the mind of this great theologian and the church in his era. Expert Phillip Cary joins us to shed light on the enigmatic world that Augustine navigated and interpreted, providing listeners with a unique lens through which to understand both the man and his enduring influence on Christian thought.
Phillip Cary is Professor of Philosophy at Eastern University, author of several books including The Nicene Creed: An Introduction (Lexham Press, 2023), and lecturer of popular online courses such as “Augustine: Philosopher and Saint” and “Philosophy and Religion in the West.”
Matthew Barrett is the editor-in-chief of Credo Magazine and host of the Credo podcast. He is associate professor of Christian theology at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and Director of the Center for Classical Theology. He is the author of the award-winning Simply Trinity and his new book is called, The Reformation as Renewal. He is currently writing a Systematic Theology (Baker Academic).