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Inner GraceAugustine in the Traditions of Plato and Paul$
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Phillip Cary

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195336481

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195336481.001.0001

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Introduction

Introduction

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(p.3) Introduction
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Inner Grace
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Phillip Cary (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195336481.003.0001

To bring the conceptual structure of Augustine's doctrine of grace into focus one must avoid several common strategies for minimizing his Platonism, such as assuming that no philosophy or religion other than Christianity could have a concept of divine grace (which is false); treating faith as deeper and more ultimate than understanding (which is the opposite of Augustine's view); separating intellect from love or head from heart (which Augustine never does); and attributing to Platonism the view that happiness can be achieved by unaided human effort (which is quite contrary to Platonism's ontology of participation in the Good).

Keywords:   Augustine, Platonism, grace, participation, faith, love, understanding, happiness

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