Evil and the Augustinian Tradition

Evil and the Augustinian Tradition

by Charles T. Mathewes, Mathewes Charles T.
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521807158

ISBN-13: 9780521807159

Pub. Date: 05/28/2004

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Evil and the Augustinian Tradition explores the "family biography" of the Augustinian tradition by looking at Augustine's work and its development in the writings of Hannah Arendt and Reinhold Niebuhr. Mathewes argues that the Augustinian tradition offers us a powerful, though commonly misconstrued, proposal for understanding and responding to evil's challenges.

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Overview

Evil and the Augustinian Tradition explores the "family biography" of the Augustinian tradition by looking at Augustine's work and its development in the writings of Hannah Arendt and Reinhold Niebuhr. Mathewes argues that the Augustinian tradition offers us a powerful, though commonly misconstrued, proposal for understanding and responding to evil's challenges. The book casts new light on Augustine, Niebuhr, and Arendt, as well as on the problem of evil, the nature of tradition, and the role of theological and ethical discourse in contemporary thought.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521807159
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
05/28/2004
Pages:
284
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.75(d)
Lexile:
1390L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements; List of abbreviations; Introduction: reaching disagreement; Part I. Preliminaries: Evil and the Augustinian Tradition: 1. Modernity and evil; 2. The Augustinian tradition and its discontents; Part II. Genealogy: Remembering the Augustinian Tradition: 3. Sin as perversion: Reinhold Niebuhr's Augustinian psychology; 4. Evil as privation: Hannah Arendt's Augustinian ontology; Part III. The Challenge of the Augustinian Tradition to Evil: 5. Demythologising evil; Conclusion: realising incomprehension, discerning mystery; Works cited; Index.

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