E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
City of God (The).
The church or whole body of believers; the kingdom of Jesus Christ, in contradistinction to the city of the World, called by John Bunyan the City of Destruction. The phrase is that of St. Augustine; one of his chief works bearing that title, or rather De Civitate Dei.