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Augustine on Evil - Gillian R. Evans

Paperback Published: 12th November 1990
ISBN: 9780521397438
Number Of Pages: 216

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Augustine, perhaps the most important and most widely read Father of the Church, first became preoccupied with the problem of evil in his boyhood, and this preoccupation continued throughout his life. Augustine's ideas about evil were to mark out the boundaries of the problem for those who came after him; his influence was greater and more widespread than any other early Christian thinker and is still of importance both with those who agree with him and with those who do not. Augustine's personality, so loveably and intricately revealed in his Confessions, has always made him a figure of intense interest.

'Evans' work has a compelling fascination for all who are prepared to think boldly, to reconstruct in their minds not just a set of facts, but the portrait of a great thinker and a great man ... Highly recommended.' Kings Theological Review 'In an excellent book, Dr G. R. Evans deals with a well-trodden topic in a firmly individual style. One great merit is that she notes the changes in Augustine's views and relates them to his changing circumstances.' The Expository Times 'A brilliant, stimulating and engagingly written volume which loses nothing of its scholarly interest by its general appeal.' Methodist Missionary Society 'Dr Evans' book can be recommended to anyone seeking a way into the Augustinian world in general ... (It) fills a notable gap in the literature.' Religious Studies 'Moves with a tight economy of argument from each huge topic to the next, and lucid elegance in exposition allows the reader to follow ... (A) distinguished book.' Journal of Theological Studies 'The author presents the most coherent analysis of Augustine's theodicy that I have seen, clearer perhaps than Augustine was able to achieve himself.' Church History

Prefacep. viii
The Experience of Evilp. 1
The Problem Presents Itselfp. 7
A Changed Manp. 7
The Manicheesp. 11
Italyp. 16
A New Lifep. 23
Africa, Priesthood and a Bishopricp. 26
Evil in the Mindp. 29
The Christian Philosopherp. 29
The Clouded Mindp. 36
Bodily Imaginingsp. 36
The Uplifting of the Mindp. 40
Deceiving Appearancesp. 53
Finding Wordsp. 53
God's Wordp. 57
Telling Liesp. 63
The Absurdity of the Truthp. 77
Evil in the Universep. 91
A Channel Blocked by Fallen Leavesp. 91
The Angelic Darknessp. 98
The Antidote to Evilp. 112
On the Freedom of the Willp. 112
Compelling Questionsp. 118
Gracep. 128
Contradictions?p. 133
Neither a Pelagian nor a Manicheep. 137
Becoming and Being Goodp. 150
The Happy Manp. 150
Man as He Ought to Bep. 152
Becoming Goodp. 158
The Perfect Manp. 162
The Divine Imperativep. 166
Epiloguep. 170
Augustine and Afterp. 170
The Carolingian Debatep. 173
The Logic of Evilp. 174
Freedom of Actionp. 179
Notesp. 185
Bibliographyp. 189
Indexp. 195
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ISBN: 9780521397438
ISBN-10: 052139743X
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 216
Published: 12th November 1990
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.64 x 13.82  x 1.37
Weight (kg): 0.25