Moral Theology of the Confessions of Saint Augustine

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The purpose of this thesis is to explain the moral content of the Confessions of St. Augustine. Accordingly, other works of the Saint, as well as commentators on the Confessions will be used solely to clarify the main moral tenets of this work. Since moral principles, moreover, are found not merely in the expressed ideas of St. Augustine, but are also embodied in his actions, moral principles will be gleaned and illustrated from both sources.When, moreover, the Confessions consider man, they view him in the same ...

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Overview

The purpose of this thesis is to explain the moral content of the Confessions of St. Augustine. Accordingly, other works of the Saint, as well as commentators on the Confessions will be used solely to clarify the main moral tenets of this work. Since moral principles, moreover, are found not merely in the expressed ideas of St. Augustine, but are also embodied in his actions, moral principles will be gleaned and illustrated from both sources.When, moreover, the Confessions consider man, they view him in the same theocentric fashion, in his relationship to God, and so reaffirm frequently that the happiness of man is inseparably linked with the knowledge and worship of God, the supreme Good and the cause of all moral good.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781606084236
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/28/2009
  • Pages: 194
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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Father Harvey has taught medical and sexual ethics at DeSales University and is an adjunct professor at St. Joseph Seminary of the Archdiocese of New York, Dunwoodie, and at Seton Hall University . He is the author and coauthor of numerous scholarly articles.

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Table of Contents

Dedication iii

Foreword vii

Table of Contents ix

List of Abbreviations xi

Bibliography xiii

Introduction xvii

Chapter

I God as the Goal of Man 1

II The Way to God 9

A Law 9

B Conscience 15

C Providence and Grace 23

D The Virtue of Charity 32

E The Virtue of Humility 42

F Faith, Hope and Their Corollaries 47

G Other Moral Virtues 55

III Obstacles Along the Way 62

A Ignorance and Rationalization 62

B Concupiscence in Its Varied Forms 77

C Division of Will 94

D Other Aspects of Will 103

E Defective Education 110

F Sin 116

1 The Nature of Sin 117

2 Kinds and Sources of Sin 124

3 Punishment for Sin 132

Chapter 139

IV Remedies 139

A Good Example 139

B Scriptural Reading 143

C Healing Grace 147

V Conclusions 155

Vita 163

Index 164

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