||My thesis examines Augustine's positing of love as the corrective against mankind's propensity for social conflict. It begins with an overview of modern responses to political conflict as found in liberalism and 20th century post-liberal theory. It then turns to an sustained study of Augustine's thought in his Homilies on the First Epistle of John as well as political tracts in City of God. I argue that Augustine is able avoid the pitfalls of both naive idealism and cynical partisanship because he holds a holistic view of human nature (i.e. sin) and human potential (i.e. "caritas") that can challenge contemporary views of politics.