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The Transmission of Sin: Augustine and the Pre-Augustinian Sources

Pier Franco Beatrice


Originally published in Italian in 1978, this book is a study of the origins of the doctrine of original sin, one of the most important teachings of the Catholic Church. While the doctrine has a basis in biblical sources, it found its classic expression in the work of St. Augustine. Yet Augustine did not work out his theory on the basis of the biblical texts alone, rather he sought to understand them in the context of the religious thinking of his own time. This work seeks to illuminate that context, and discover the post-biblical influences on Augustine's thought. Although Augustine made cons ... More

Keywords: original sin, Catholic Church, St. Augustine, hereditary guilt, sexual congress, marriage, procreation, personal sin

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199751419
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199751419.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Pier Franco Beatrice, author
University of Padua