The City of Man or the City of God?

“And thus it comes to pass, that though there are very many and great nations all over the earth, whose rites and customs, speech, arms, and dress, are distinguished by marked differences, yet there are no more than two kinds of human society, which we may justly call two cities, according to the language of our Scriptures.  The one consists of those who wish to live after the flesh, the other of those who wish to live after the spirit….  Accordingly, [these] two cities have been formed by two loves: the earthly by the love of self, even to the contempt of God; the heavenly by the love of God, even to the contempt of self.   The former, in a word, glories in itself, the latter in the Lord.  For the one seeks glory from men; but the greatest glory of the other is God.”  Augustine, City of God, XIV.1,28

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