The Christian as Resident Alien in Augustine

William A. Smith

Article Type: Article

Publication Date: 4/1/1983

Issue: Piety (Vol. 3, No 2, Spring, 1983)

Should the Christian be like everyone else, totally involved in the affairs of this world, totally immersed in its passions and pursuits? Should the aims of the Christian include the search for enjoyment of life, for possessions, for high position and status in society? Or should the Christian strive for something even higher, having some distance and detachment from these other aims and desires without denying their relative value? This is the question that Augustine poses.

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