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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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Conclusion: Toward a New History of the Augustinian Doctrine of Original Sin

Conclusion: Toward a New History of the Augustinian Doctrine of Original Sin

(p.257) Conclusion: Toward a New History of the Augustinian Doctrine of Original Sin
The Transmission of Sin

Pier Franco Beatrice

Adam Kamesar

Oxford University Press

This chapter summarizes the main themes covered in the preceding discussions and presents some final thoughts. This study went back in time to the centuries preceding the age of Augustine in an attempt to locate the notion of an original sin of newborn children, inherited from Adam, within encratite circles in Egypt in the second half of the second century ce. If this hypothesis of a relationship between the doctrine of hereditary guilt and Jewish Christian Encratism is valid, a completely new understanding of the historical development of this teaching will emerge. With regard to the roots of the Augustinian doctrine, it may be said that the notion of original sin lies at the deepest levels of encratite theology and spirituality, and in its radically anticosmic character.

Keywords:   original sin, St. Augustine, Jewish Christian Encratism, encratite

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