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The Transmission of SinAugustine and the Pre-Augustinian Sources$
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Pier Franco Beatrice

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199751419

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199751419.001.0001

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The “Legacy of Adam” in Greek Theology from the Second to the Fourth Century

The “Legacy of Adam” in Greek Theology from the Second to the Fourth Century

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(p.171) 10 The “Legacy of Adam” in Greek Theology from the Second to the Fourth Century
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The Transmission of Sin
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Pier Franco Beatrice

Adam Kamesar

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199751419.003.0011

This chapter examines the sources of Augustine's doctrine of original sin from the second century. It considers the homily On Pascha of Melito, bishop of Sardis, arguing that it does not contain any element proving the existence of baptismal remission of hereditary sin in the second century. Indeed, in Melito's homily one may find even further confirmation of the view that the Fathers of the second century did not profess the doctrine of original sin. The discussion then turns to Origen's thought on the sinful nature of physical birth.

Keywords:   original sin, St. Augustine, homily, Melito, baptism

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