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<b> <i>Facilitas</i>, <i>Difficultas</i>, and <i>Voluntas</i> </b>

Simon Harrison

in Augustine's Way into the Will

Published in print October 2006 | ISBN: 9780198269847
Published online January 2007 | e-ISBN: 9780191713385 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198269847.003.0006

Series: Oxford Early Christian Studies

  Facilitas, Difficultas, and Voluntas

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This chapter addresses the issue, raised in chapter 2, of the supposed contradiction in the text between an ‘early’ and ‘late’ view on the will and its role in doing good. The two crucial passages (1.12.25-1.14.30 on ‘facilitas’ and 3.18.51ff. on ‘difficultas’ and original sin) are discussed in detail. Their coherence is demonstrated in terms of their relationship to the fundamental ‘way in’ argument.

Keywords: original sin; will; facilitas; difficultas

Chapter.  7939 words. 

Subjects: Early Christianity

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