Wednesday, March 3, 2010

History and Providence

90 pages into the Civitate, I notice that Augustine's demythologizing of Roman deities bears a striking resemblance to the same arguments that might be lodged against anyone who attributes specific historical events to the will of the Christian God.

What's interesting, though, is that rather than use these arguments to go ahead and say, "Therefore, we cannot know the providential acts of God," Augustine uses these arguments to say, "Actually, it's not the Roman gods that deserve credit for the blessings of Rome, but actually the God of the Christians."

P.S. I like where he's going with this.