City of God Quotes by Augustine of Hippo
Augustine: Political and Social Philosophy
Just as the anthropology of Augustine has a human being searching for the Will of God in order to be most true to our human nature, so likewise does Augustine see the concept of justice as defined in terms of that which is desired of us by the Will of God. Augustine could not have imagined an anthropology that did not give God a primary and central influence, so too he would not envision a true justice as lacking the same essential element. Discussion by Augustine about the constituents of justice and of a just society and of are found in his great work, the City of God. Augustine then quotes Habakkuk from the Bible. Habakkuk links the just person iustus to the justice iustitia due God "who rules an obedient city according to his grace.
Augustine C. He was a skilled Roman-trained rhetorician, a prolific writer who produced more than works over a year period , and by wide acclamation, the first Christian philosopher.
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The cheeky pirate asks Alexander what is the real difference between a pirate and an emperor apart from the scale of action. Justice being taken away, then, what are kingdoms but great robberies? For what are robberies themselves, but little kingdoms? The band itself is made up of men; it is ruled by the authority of a prince, it is knit together by the pact of the confederacy; the booty is divided by the law agreed on. If, by the admittance of abandoned men, this evil increases to such a degree that it holds places, fixes abodes, takes possession of cities, and subdues peoples, it assumes the more plainly the name of a kingdom, because the reality is now manifestly conferred on it, not by the removal of covetousness, but by the addition of impunity. Indeed, that was an apt and true reply which was given to Alexander the Great by a pirate who had been seized.
Charity is no substitute for justice withheld. In the absence of justice, what is sovereignty but organized robbery? Consequently, if the republic is the weal of the people, and there is no people if it be not associated by a common acknowledgment of right, and if there is no right where there is no justice, then most certainly it follows that there is no republic where there is no justice. Punishment is justice for the unjust. What are kingdoms without justice? They're just gangs of bandits.