Walking in the Shoes of Augustine

mercifully disposed might fall upon them. And, indeed, when even those murderers who everywhere else showed themselves pitiless came to those spots where that was forbidden which the license of war permitted in every other place, their furious rage for slaughter was bridled, and their eagerness to take prisoners was quenched. Thus escaped multitudes who now reproach the Christian religion, and impute to Christ the ills that have befallen their city; but the preservation of their own life – a boon which they owe to the respect entertained for Christ by the barbarians – they attribute not to our Christ, but to their own good luck. They ought rather had they any right

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