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

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

Jesse Couenhoven


based on Augustine's doctrine of unique sin, Adam's progeny proportion a collective guilt which, like infection, spreads via wayward sexual wishes, passing from father or mother to baby. yet is it reasonable in charge sinners in the event that they inherit evil like a illness? In Stricken through Sin, Cured by means of Christ Jesse Couenhoven clarifies the good judgment and illogic of Augustine's arguable perspectives approximately human enterprise. the 1st 1/2 the publication examines why Augustine believed we're trapped via evil, and why merely Christ can retailer us. Couenhoven examines missed texts Augustine wrote on the fruits of his occupation and gives a unique examining of his perspectives approximately even if we keep an eye on our own identities, what we should always be held culpable for, and no matter if freedom is suitable with necessity. the second one 1/2 the e-book develops a philosophically and scientifically astute idea of accountability that makes it attainable to retrieve a few of Augustine's so much divisive claims.

Couenhoven makes a case for the unbelievable thesis conscientiously formulated doctrine of unique sin is profoundly humane. The declare that sin is unique takes heavily our dependence on each other for crucial features of personality and character, our possession of cognitive and volitional states that aren't easily items of voluntary offerings, and our prestige as own brokers of evil. getting to those points of our lives demanding situations the concept that every one individual's ethical and religious status is as much as him or her, and drives us to think of not just the character of our accountability and the form of the liberty we search, but additionally the necessity for grace all of us share.

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