1) Under what circumstances, according
to Augustine, should Christians fight in war?
2) How does Augustine understand Christs
command to "turn the other cheek"?
3) Augustine discusses two cities -- the earthly
and the heavenly -- what does he mean by each?
4) What virtues does Augustine discuss and what
are their place in human life?
5) What is Augustine's understanding of earthly
justice? What are its limitations?
6) Can the earthly judge or the soldier ever be
a happy man? If not, why doesn't Augustine advise the judge to
give up his post?
7) Peace means much more than the absence of hostilities
among states for Augustine, what is it? Where is it found?
1) All human beings, even the fierce, bad and war-like,
desire peace, according to Augustine. Do his arguments suggest
any hope for the end of conflict? If not, how does Augustine argue
in favor of such a paradoxical position?
2) According to Augustine, what is the good life
for a human being? What part does friendship and other human relationships
play in our happiness?
3) What is the peace of Babylon? Why does Augustine think that
Christians should seek it?