Stricken by Sin, Cured by Christ: Agency, Necessity, and Culpability in Augustinian Theology

Hardcover | July 1, 2013

byJesse Couenhoven

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This book is a discussion of responsibility and blame focused and shaped by St. Augustine's theology of sin and grace, and the controversies that surround those topics. More specifically, Jesse Couenhoven offers: (1) A work of historical theology that (i) clarifies what Augustine's doctrine oforiginal sin really is, and implies; and (ii) provides a novel reading of Augustine's understanding of free will and responsibility by attending to the often misunderstood discussions of grace and sin in his later works; (2) A work of moral philosophy and theology that, with some help frompsychology, investigates (i) the implications of the doctrine of original sin for our beliefs about free will, responsibility, and the moral implications of disease; (ii) the moral reasons one might reasonably have for considering the idea of original sin unjust; (iii) how an Augustinian might nowdefend the notion that one can be responsible for an inherited and involuntary original sin, or under the influence of a necessitating grace; and (iv) why one might want to appropriate doctrines as seemingly problematic as these. Thus, this is a normative work of philosophical theology, one that critically appropriates ideas central to an influential and controversial figure and doctrine, in conversation with expert readers of Augustine, recent philosophical treatments of free will and responsibility, and a broad array oftheological voices, especially recent feminist approaches to sin.

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This book is a discussion of responsibility and blame focused and shaped by St. Augustine's theology of sin and grace, and the controversies that surround those topics. More specifically, Jesse Couenhoven offers: (1) A work of historical theology that (i) clarifies what Augustine's doctrine oforiginal sin really is, and implies; and (i...

Jesse Couenhoven is an Associate Professor of Moral Theology in the Department of Humanities at Villanova University.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:272 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:July 1, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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AcknowledgementsAbbreviationsIntroductionReaping What We Did Not Sow: Original Sin and ResponsibilityI. The Scandal of Original SinII. On ResponsibilityIII. Chapter OverviewPart I: Augustinian Doctrines1. Peccatum Originale2. The Explanatory Power of Original Sin3. Sickness, Sin, and Augustine's CompatibilismPart II: Ownership and Inheritance4. An Augustinian Conception of Responsibility5. Augustinian Compatibilism6. Responsibility without Freedom7. Responsibility Under NecessityReferences