St. Augustine Political Philosophy

990 WordsMay 11, 20064 Pages
Saint Augustine was born is 354 in a North Africa province part of the Roman Empire. Growing up in the Roman Empire was a major influence on his work. He is well known for his theological teaching on Christianity and developed much of its doctrine. Augustine wrote on political philosophy as well and developed his own ideas on what the ideal state is. Augustine believes that government is an act of God and its function is to allow people to live good lives. The state is a part of God's ultimate plan. The type of government is not important as the state playing its role to God. The church and government will be the key institutions in society and each will take care of different functions. The purpose of Augustine's ideal state is to…show more content…
The state would support the church but not interfere. The church will have considerable power in the religious and spiritual aspects of people's lives. In Augustine state the leaders of the state would be Christians. The selection of who will lead depends on what the style of government is. The leaders however must be Christians. If a monarchy the monarch would be hereditary selection, however the royal family should maintain a image that they are representatives of God. Doing God's work would be central to legitimizing a person's role in a position of power in the state. Government officials and bureaucrats should also be Christians to. There should be a level of Christian influence in the state at all levels. Religion should not dominate the state but there should be enough influence to keep it from dividing too far from the church. Legislation and laws will be directed to achieving the ends of the state. The church will be influential in the type of legislation that is considered. Legislation that would exceed the original function of the state would not be enacted. Augustine's state is based on Christian themes and legislation would reflect promoting Christian moral values. The law itself would be based on the Roman legal system of legislation of codes. The law would be broken down into different groups according to where it applies. Saint Augustine's ideal state would not be very
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