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3 - Augustine on evil and original sin

  • Online Publication Date:
  • May 2006
  • Print Publication Year:
  • 2001

  • Hardback ISBN:
  • 9780521650182
  • Online ISBN:
  • 9781139000291

Before his conversion to Christianity, Augustine conceived of God as a supremely good being who is “incorruptible, inviolable, and immutable ” (Conf. 7.1.1). At the same time, he was aware of the existence of evil in the world, evil that can be divided into two major classes. First, physical objects have limitations and defects. In particular, the limitations of living things result in hardship, pain, illness, and death. Secondly, there are people who behave wickedly and whose souls are characterized by such vices as pride, envy, greed, and lust.

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