Nouveau Pelagianism

In his Confessions, Augustine (354-430) describes mankind’s universal sinful bent as “concupiscence.” The Greek word epithumia (ἐπιθυμία) occurs 38 times in the New Testament. It describes the utter enfeebling of mankind’s freedom of will...

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Shelf Life: Augustine’s De Doctrina Christiana (On Christian Doctrine)

“The things of the Spirit do not come naturally to us like our mother tongue.  We are fallen, and the things of God are therefore strange to us.  Of course, interest, joy, and delight will help me learn, but behind them there needs to be the divine compulsion, the pressure of the...

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