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Evil and the Augustinian Tradition

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ISBN-10: 0521035449

ISBN-13: 9780521035446

Edition: 2007

Authors: Charles T. Mathewes

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This explores the 'family biography' of the Augustinian tradition by looking at Augustine's work and its development in the writings of Hannah Arendt and Reinhold Niebuhr. Mathewes argues that the Augustinian tradition offers us a powerful, though commonly misconstrued, proposal for understanding and responding to evil's challenges. The book casts light on Augustine, Niebuhr and Arendt, as well as on the problem of evil, the nature of tradition, and the role of theological and ethical discourse in contemporary thought.
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Book details

Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 2/12/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 284
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

List of abbreviations
Introduction: reaching disagreement
Preliminaries: Evil and the Augustinian Tradition
Modernity and evil
The Augustinian tradition and its discontents
Genealogy: Remembering the Augustinian Tradition
Sin as perversion: Reinhold Niebuhr's Augustinian psychology
Evil as privation: Hannah Arendt's Augustinian ontology
The Challenge of the Augustinian Tradition to Evil
Demythologising evil
Conclusion: realising incomprehension, discerning mystery
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