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Stricken by Sin, Cured by Christ: Agency, Necessity, and Culpability in Augustinian Theology

Jesse Couenhoven


According to Augustine’s doctrine of original sin, Adam’s progeny share a collective guilt which, like an infection, spreads through wayward sexual desires, passing from parent to child. But is it fair to blame sinners if they inherit evil like a disease? Stricken by Sin clarifies the logic and illogic of the controversial views about human agency Augustine defended in his later years. The first half of the book examines why Augustine believed we are trapped by evil and why only Christ can save us. Couenhoven focuses on Augustine’s debates with the Pelagians about whether we control our person ... More

Keywords: Augustine, freedom, responsibility, sin, grace, evil, character, original sin

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199948697
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199948697.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jesse Couenhoven, author
Department of Humanities, Villanova University