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By John M. Rist

Augustine verified an ethical framework that ruled Western tradition for greater than one thousand years. His in part mistaken presentation of a few of its key innovations (love, will and freedom), although, brought on next thinkers to try to fix this framework, and their efforts frequently annoyed the very difficulties they meant to unravel. through the years, dissatisfaction with a less than excellent Augustinian theology gave method to more and more secular and at last impersonal ethical structures. This quantity strains the distortion of Augustine's notion from the 12th century to the current and examines its consequent reconstructions. John M. Rist argues that smooth philosophies may be famous as delivering no compelling solutions to questions on the human and as major necessarily to conventionalism or nihilism. in an effort to stay away from this finish, he proposes a go back to an up to date Augustinian Christianity. crucial interpreting for somebody drawn to Augustine and his impression, Augustine Deformed revitalizes his unique notion of affection, will and freedom.

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