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Augustine’s Conversion from Traditional Free Choice to “Non-free Free Will”: A Comprehensive Methodology
Wilson, Kenneth M.

Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2018 pp. xxiv + 388. $141.00

Series Information
Studien und Texte zu Antike und Christentum, 111


Description: The consensus view asserts Augustine developed his later doctrines ca. 396 CE while writing Ad Simplicianum as a result of studying scripture. His early De libero arbitrio argued for traditional free choice refuting Manichaean determinism, but his anti-Pelagian writings rejected any human ability to believe without God giving faith. Kenneth M. Wilson's study is the first work applying the comprehensive methodology of reading systematically and chronologically through Augustine's entire extant corpus (works, sermons, and letters 386–430 CE), and examining his doctrinal development. The author explores Augustine's later theology within the prior philosophical-religious context of free choice versus deterministic arguments. This analysis demonstrates Augustine persisted in traditional views until 412 CE and his theological transition was primarily due to his prior Stoic, Neoplatonic, and Manichaean influences.

Subjects: Early Christian Literature, Literature, Methods, Historical Approaches, History, Greco-Roman Period, Theological Approaches, Theological Interpretation

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Review by Evgenia Moiseeva
Published 12/20/2019
Citation: Evgenia Moiseeva, review of Kenneth M. Wilson, Augustine’s Conversion from Traditional Free Choice to “Non-free Free Will”: A Comprehensive Methodology, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2019).


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