POLI 206 Lecture Notes - Lecture 9: Diocletianic Persecution, Donatism, Ancient Greek Philosophy

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Roman north africa, augustine born catholic, born fortunate, educated, philosophical sympathizer. Augustine deliberate inquiry with other people, provide a definition, once you can define citizenship then you can define what politics is about, regime type of a political actor. A real definition which does not lead to contradiction. If you don"t listen you"re going to hell. Truth is subjective from the perspective of the believer, different standards for different people. If you are an atheist or you are a pagan, augustine will still be able to convince you of truth to your beliefs. Times that the bible"s truth is metaphorical, two distinct spheres of authority. Returns to north africa in 388 and reluctantly accepts title of bishop 395. Donatist controversy some kept books some didn"t, diocletianic persecution. Rome is sacked by barbarians, christian church blamed (410) Torture was a legitimate way of earning a confession.

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