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Hartford PuritanismThomas Hooker, Samuel Stone, and Their Terrifying God$
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Baird Tipson

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780190212520

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190212520.001.0001

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Why People Want What They Want: St. Augustine of Hippo and His God

Why People Want What They Want: St. Augustine of Hippo and His God

(p.90) 4 Why People Want What They Want: St. Augustine of Hippo and His God
Hartford Puritanism

Baird Tipson

Oxford University Press

As hearers came to recognize the demands that godly communities made on their adherents, they might understandably ask why anyone would want to take on religious obligations so clearly at odds with what most townspeople considered appropriate (not to mention at odds with the assumptions about human nature made by most twenty-first-century intellectuals). What, in the final analysis, could account for human choices? Hooker (and Stone) stood in a tradition, originating with Augustine of Hippo, which argued that individual choices stemmed from a fundamental orientation of the will. Their extreme form of Augustinianism decisively shaped Hartford theology.

Keywords:   Augustine of Hippo, extreme Augustinianism, orientation of the will, human choice

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