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    COUENHOVEN, JESSE 2007. Augustine's rejection of the free-will defence: an overview of the late Augustine's theodicy. Religious Studies, Vol. 43, Issue. 03, p. 279.


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Augustine's compatibilism

  • KATHERIN A. ROGERS (a1)
  • DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S003441250400722X
  • Published online: 01 December 2004
Abstract

In analysing Augustine's views on freedom it is standard to draw two distinctions; one between an earlier emphasis on human freedom and a later insistence that God alone governs human destiny, and another between pre-lapsarian and post-lapsarian freedom. These distinctions are real and important, but underlying them is a more fundamental consistency. Augustine is a compatibilist from his earliest work on freedom through his final anti-Pelagian writings, and the freedom possessed by the un-fallen and the fallen will is a compatibilist freedom. This leaves Augustine open to the charge that he makes God the ultimate cause of sin.

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Religious Studies
  • ISSN: 0034-4125
  • EISSN: 1469-901X
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