In this lecture, Melissa Brotton, professor of English at La Sierra University, will discuss the parallels in the Gospel of John and Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities [YouTube video, book 11]. Although one might assume the two cities Dickens writes about are London and Paris, perhaps there is a deeper meaning along these lines:
“Accordingly, two cities have been formed by two loves: the earthly by the love of self, even to the contempt of God; the heavenly by the love of God, even to the contempt of self. The former, in a word, glorifies in itself, the latter in the Lord. For the one seeks glory from men; but the greatest glory of the other is God, the witness of conscience. (Augustine, City of God, Book XIV.38).