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Inner Grace: Augustine in the Traditions of Plato and Paul

Phillip Cary


Rather than constituting a break with his Platonism, Augustine's doctrines of grace and free will are formed from the beginning by Platonist conceptions of happiness, wisdom, intellect, virtue, purification, conversion, faith, and love. Divine grace is inner help for the will, and our need for it expands “outward” over the course of Augustine's career, being required originally for attaining the happiness of wisdom (i.e., the intellectual vision of God), then for rightly ordered love (i.e., charity), and eventually for Christian faith. Reading the apostle Paul, Augustine emphasizes the difficu ... More

Keywords: Augustine, Platonism, Paul, grace, free will, predestination, inner, external, love, faith

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Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780195336481
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195336481.001.0001


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Phillip Cary, author
Eastern University, St. Davids, Pennsylvania
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