Forgot your password?  

City of God Themes & Symbolism

This Study Guide consists of approximately 79 pages of chapter summaries, quotes, character analysis, themes, and more - everything you need to sharpen your knowledge of City of God.
This section contains 971 words
(approx. 4 pages at 300 words per page)
Purchase our City of God Study Guide

Significant Topics

Faith versus Reason

Pem agonizes over his religious faith because he does not buy into everything he is supposed to believe as an Anglican priest. He wants religious doctrines that can stand up to reasonable questioning. Pem's bishop, however, says that faith and reason will never intersect. They are two parallel paths to knowing God.

The congregants in Sarah's synagogue also struggle with doctrines that do not seem reasonable. They want every aspect of their faith, including prayers, food and clothing, to have a cogent rationale. The EJ Jews aim to reconsider the Torah in its original form and use their modern rationality, rather than the thoughts of readers from long ago, to make sense of it.

Misleading Interpretations

According to Pem, misinterpretations of the Bible have led Christianity down negative paths. Pem feels that early Christians who interpreted Jesus's message as a call for a formal church...

(read more from the Significant Topics section)

This section contains 971 words
(approx. 4 pages at 300 words per page)
Purchase our City of God Study Guide
Copyrights
City of God from BookRags and Gale's For Students Series. ©2005-2006 Thomson Gale, a part of the Thomson Corporation. All rights reserved.
Follow Us on Facebook