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Augustine’s City of God and the Political Mess We’re In

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The Western political order feels shaky today and Christians wonder how their individual vocations connect with the world around them. There are massive debates and divisions on every level of social and political life, not only in the United States but throughout the world. Our tendency to look back to previous crises like the Civil War, or the Second World War, tell us we are searching for a way out. It has felt shaky before, and we know that a relative peace was possible on the other side of a crisis. But there is a much older story which should guide our thinking: the Fall of Rome. Augustine's seminal work responding to and outlining the Christian vocation in the midst of political order and disorder alike shaped the Western world for over a thousand years. This lecture explains the genius of Augustine's reformation of the Western political imagination, and examines what wisdom we can gain today for how we order our souls, and our cities.


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Dr. Chad Pecknold received his PhD from the University of Cambridge (UK) and since 2008 he has been a Professor of Historical & Systematic Theology in the School of Theology at The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. He teaches in the areas of fundamental theology, Christian anthropology, and political theology. Pecknold is the author of a number scholarly articles and books including most recently, Christianity and Politics: A Brief Guide to the History (Cascade 2010) and The T&T Clark Companion to Augustine and Modern Theology (Bloomsbury, 2014). Dr. Pecknold is also a frequent contributor to debates in the public square, writing regular columns for First Things & National Review on a range of topics related to the importance and impact of Church teaching on social and political questions.

Professor Pecknold is frequently sought after for his opinion on current events, and has been quoted in hundreds of news outlets around the world such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post. He has appeared as an invited guest on radio and television shows such as NPR’s “All Things Considered,” Vatican Radio, Al Jazeera America, BBC World News, ABC News, FOX News, CNBC Squawk Box, and he is a regular contributor on EWTN News Nightly offering his clear analysis and expert opinion on the Catholic Church, the papacy, and the relationship between the Church and politics in American culture.

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