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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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Ambrose and Cyprian, Masters of Augustine

Ambrose and Cyprian, Masters of Augustine

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(p.142) 8 Ambrose and Cyprian, Masters of Augustine
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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/9780199751419.003.0009

This chapter examines the thought of Augustine's acknowledged masters, Ambrose of Milan and Cyprian of Carthage. It considers whether Augustine was right or wrong in appealing to the testimony of Ambrose and Cyprian in his attempt to demonstrate, against the Pelagians, that his doctrine of original sin was ancient and part of ecclesiastical tradition. In other words, it asks if one can truly find in these authors a doctrine of hereditary guilt that is similar or in any way comparable to that developed by Augustine in the course of the Pelagian controversy.

Keywords:   original sin, St. Augustine, Ambrose of Milan, Cyprian of Carthage

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