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Augustine on the Will: A Theological Account

Han-luen Kantzer Komline

Abstract

By analyzing a variety of texts from across Augustine’s career, the book traces the development of Augustine’s thinking on the human will. Augustine’s most creative contributions to the notion of the human will do not derive from articulating a monolithic, universal definition. He identifies four types of human will: the created will, which he describes as a hinge; the fallen will, a link in a chain binding human beings to sin; the redeemed will, which is a root of love; and the fully free will, to be enjoyed in the next life, when perfection is made complete. His mature view is theologically ... More

Keywords: Augustine, will, free will, voluntas, uoluntas, grace, fall, creation, eschaton, Christ

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780190948801
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190948801.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Han-luen Kantzer Komline, author
Assistant Professor of Church History and Theology, Western Theological Seminary