Injustice and unrest proliferate. Divided society crumbles amid unsolvable challenges. Alienation and fear perennially prosper… again. In 410 AD, Romans faced to them what was the unthinkable when Goths sacked their ‘eternal city,’ Turmoil abounded – pagans blamed Christians for their ‘Christian times,’ Christians roiled to dismay asked why God had allowed catastrophe. Both believed Rome to be exceptional. Augustine waded into this angst and toxic mix with his City of God. It challenged the mythic ideas and misplaced loyalties of both the pagans and the Christians, offering a vision of society that might prove sage in our own fraught times.
After the lecture, there will be a chance to hear briefly about opportunities for coming to Oxford virtually and in person.