The tension between the two cities: Saint Augustine’s analysis and its current validity

This paper points to the perennial value of Saint Augustine’s reflection on the Two Cities and their struggle. First, the article underlines some conflicts in that historical moment –both in Rome and in the Church-. Some notes of the Ancient World mentality and its crash with the new ideals of the Christian faith are suggested as causes of those conflicts. In a second step, the article focuses on some key points of Augustine’s theology and political theory, such as the influence his own experience had in his worldview, the finding out of the ordoamoris as a metaphysics of existence and the needful consequence of setting the love of God as the very basis of civilization. Finally, as a projection of Saint Augustine’s thought to our time, the article reflects on the need of generating creative minority groups, of joining together the vision of faith and the vision of reality, and of working in charity