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Recovering an Augustinian Christology

Dominic Keech

in The Anti-Pelagian Christology of Augustine of Hippo, 396-430

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780199662234
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191746314 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199662234.003.0002

Series: Oxford Theological Monographs

Recovering an Augustinian Christology

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Chapter 1 opens with an overview of Augustine’s Christology, highlighting its relationship to broader themes in Augustine’s theology, and its reception in scholarship to date. The chapter turns to the Pelagian controversy, first offering a synthetic summary of Augustine’s anti-Pelagian teaching on the nature of freedom and sin after the Fall, and on the humanity of Christ. Highlighting the historical and theological connections between the Origenist and Pelagian controversies, it then discusses recent reassessments of Augustine’s intellectual development. Carol Harrison’s argument for continuity in Augustine’s thought provides the critical springboard for the book’s subsequent depiction of Augustine’s theological development in the 390s, in which his reading of Origen is taken as a major factor, and which can be seen to have had lasting effect in his later attack on Pelagianism.

Keywords: conciliar Christology; Augustinianism; sinful flesh; grace; free will; Fall; Pelagian controversy; Origenist controversy; Carol Harrison; Peter Brown

Chapter.  12013 words. 

Subjects: Early Christianity

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