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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 Encratite Origin of the “Augustinian” Doctrine of Original Sin

The Encratite Origin of the “Augustinian” Doctrine of Original Sin

(p.187) 11 The Encratite Origin of the “Augustinian” Doctrine of Original Sin
The Transmission of Sin

Pier Franco Beatrice

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This chapter shows that encratite and Messalian ideas had wide circulation in the Greek East, and exercised considerable influence even on those who more or less explicitly rejected them. Included within the baggage of theological ideas of these ascetic groups was the doctrine of original sin, which was a component of a broader belittling of the value of marriage. Connected to that belittling there was naturally a condemnation of procreation. Within this complex of beliefs an almost deterministic or naturalistic conception of evil, incarnate in the flesh of the body, also had its place.

Keywords:   original sin, St. Augustine, Julius Cassan, Jewish Christian Encratism, procreation, marriage, Messalians

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