Book: A New City of God

City of God by Augustine of Hippo
The book A New City of God: Theology for an Age of Limits is divided into 11 chapters. An overview of the contents of each chapter is provided here. We plan on releasing a section from each chapter on a weekly basis.

The sections that have been released to date are:

The theme of the book is that our society is heading for some wrenching changes as we hit limits to do with resources (particularly fossil fuels), the environment (particularly global warming), finances (particularly debt), and population. These changes are a predicament, not a problem. We can reduce the pace of change, and we can reduce their consequences, but we cannot stop them from taking place.

The title is taken from the book written by Augustine of Hippo, early in the 5th century CE. At that time the western Roman Empire was in terminal decline. Augustine recognized that all human institutions will eventually fail (look at all the “failed states” in the Hebrew Bible). Only one institution was permanent, he argued, and that was the City of God. So he and other church fathers set themselves the task of determining the nature of that “City”. In doing so they developed a theology that provided a framework for the church to lead society in the coming centuries, a time that is sometimes referred to as the Dark Ages.

Our society is entering a time of wrenching change due to the fact that we are hitting resource, environmental, financial and population limits. We will need to develop a theology for out times — one that will help us navigate the difficult times ahead.