Augustine begins book 3 with a discussion of catastrophes that have come to Troy and Rome, as a reminder that the gods have not protected either city even when the citizens of those cities worshipped the gods faithfully. Troy was sacked by the Greeks, then burned to the ground later by the Romans. Perhaps, he suggests, the gods allowed Troy to be sacked because Paris had committed adultery, except that the gods committed the same kinds of adulteries (and so wouldn’t have seen adultery as an offense). If the gods did not protect Troy, then why would they protect Rome, which was founded by brother-killing Romulus? Why did Rome trust in these gods (the same gods, brought to Rome by Aeneas, presumably)?

Quote of the day: “Evil men regard as evils only those things which do not make man evil. They do not blush to praise good things yet to remain evil themselves even among the good things that they praise. It vexes them more to have a bad house than a bad life, as if the greatest good for a man were to have everything good but himself.”

May we be made good, even if it mean we have bad houses or many other evils of this life. Blessings,

Josh

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