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The works translated here deal with two major themes in the thinking of St Augustine (354 430): free will and divine grace. On the one hand, free will enables human beings to make their own choices; on the other hand, God's grace is required for these choices to be efficacious. 'On the Free Choice of the Will', 'On Grace and Free Choice', 'On Reprimand and Grace' and 'On t ...more
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Published May 20th 2010 by Cambridge University Press
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James Smith
Feb 28, 2012 James Smith rated it it was amazing
This is an excellent little anthology of Augustine's writings on grace and free choice. It's particular strength is the fact that it includes works from across the span of Augustine's career. This is notable since philosophers are so prone to focus on works of the early Augustine--the Augustine of the early dialogues, during his most Platonic (and least Christological) phase. This "philosophical" Augustine is taken to be representative, when in fact the development and maturation of Augustine's ...more
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Jan 28, 2012 Coyle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A must read for those interested in philosophy and the history of theology, only a "meh, maybe you could read it sometime" read for everyone else. This volume brings together three treatises on the will ("On the Free Choice of the Will," "On Grace and Free Choice", and "On Reprimand and Grace") and pertinent selections from other of his works (Retractions, Confessions, and "On the Gift of Perserverance"). By and large, as Augustine himself admits, there are more theologically useful as they were ...more
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St. Augustine introduces his beliefs concerning the Free Will and Christianity. He defines evil as being in the will (good Plotinian metaphysics), but redefines the metaphysics from having distance as separation from God to direction defining separation. In addition to this, St. Augustine shows the importance of education in training the soul on where to attach the will. St. Augustine also proposes the idea that Adam was the only creature with truly free will, an interesting hypothesis. St. Augu ...more
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Aurelius Augustinus Hipponensis, in English Augustine of Hippo, also known as St. Augustine, St. Austin, was bishop of Hippo Regius (present-day Annaba, Algeria). He was a Latin philosopher and theologian from the Africa Province of the Roman Empire and is generally considered as one of the greatest Christian thinkers of all times. His writings were very influential in the development of Western C ...more
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