Dissecting <i>de libero arbitrio</i>

Simon Harrison

in Augustine's Way into the Will

Published in print October 2006 | ISBN: 9780198269847
Published online January 2007 | e-ISBN: 9780191713385 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Early Christian Studies

Dissecting de libero arbitrio

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This chapter discusses the evidence for the claim that On Free Choice is internally inconsistent because Augustine changed his mind in the course of writing it. These are: Augustine’s account of its composition in the Retractations; the perceived change from an optimistic, classical emphasis on the ‘facilitas’ (easiness) of doing good in book one to a pessimistic, Pauline account of the ‘difficultas’ (difficulty, impossibility) of doing good in book three; and the use of On Free Choice by Augustine and his opponents in the later Pelagian controversy.

Keywords: Retractations; Pelagian controversy; On Free Choice

Chapter.  5140 words. 

Subjects: Early Christianity

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