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Ronnie J. Rombs

Format: Hardcover

Language: English

Pages: 228

Publisher: The Catholic University of America Press; First edition (January 16, 2006)

ISBN: 081321436X

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Augustine's realizing of the foundation of the soul and the character of its fall looms as essentially the most very important and arguable questions between Augustinian students due to the fact Robert J. O'Connell first all started publishing at the subject. O'Connell argued that Augustine embraced Plotinus's doctrine that the soul existed prior to the physique and purely fell into physically existence because the results of sin. this sort of place, even though, is essentially incompatible with Christian anthropology: physically existence is intrinsically corrupted; actual lifestyles is regrettable. The supposition that the main influential Christian theologian after St. Paul maintained any such place generated sharp department among students who have been confident by way of O'Connell and people who weren't. A scholarly consensus at the topic has no longer but constructed. Saint Augustine and the autumn of the Soul: past O'Connell and His Critics offers first a severe exam of O'Connell's theses in a readable precis of his paintings that spanned over thirty years. Secondly, a diachronic learn of Augustine's writings strains the improvement of his knowing of the soul's fall, mapping the bounds of Plotinus's impression. The research acknowledges the level to which Augustine embraced Plotinus's ontology and anthropology and the purpose at which he deserted Plotinus. The younger Augustine was once considerably motivated via Plotinus, and there's enormous facts that he held a Plotinian doctrine of the soul's fall. yet because the anthropological implications that stick with from the Christian doctrine of production ex nihilo turned obvious to him, Augustine departed from Plotinus. Augustine eventually took the soul's fall to be an ethical lapse, holding Plotinus's imagery vocabulary as a manner of expressing a psychology of sin, now not an ontological fall.Augustinian students and scholars in theology and patristics will locate the textual content a useful source at the topic.Ronnie J. Rombs is assistant professor of theology at St. Joseph Seminary collage in Louisiana. he's the coeditor of Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy. compliment FOR THE BOOK:"This publication offers with a huge factor, person who Robert J. O'Connell made his life's paintings in his research of Augustine. He believed that the subject matter of the fallen soul is on the heart of Augustine's notion, and Ronnie J. Rombs adequately provides that the reason for this is that of the significance of salvation to Augustine. The research is easily written--complex, versatile, and sophisticated. there isn't any related publication within the field."--Eugene TeSelle, Professor Emeritus, Vanderbilt University"Rombs makes an incredible contribution to Augustinian experiences via his recreation to explain O'Connell's place and to qualify it, particularly through distinguishing the cosmogenic, ontological, and psychological/moral senses of the autumn of the soul."--Roland J. Teske, S.J., Marquette University"[A]ny scholar of Augustine will locate this paintings illuminating for its research of O'Connell's legacy and for Rombs' personal sifting via a lot of the fourth- and fifth-century questions about the human soul after which exhibiting how Augustine got here to appreciate the character of the soul, its foundation, and its sanctification in Christ." -- David Meconi, S.J., Theological Studies"Rombs' little publication is split into components. the 1st offers a useful carrier to scholars in its lucid and sympathetic account of the advance of O'Connell's very important and rolling arguments that, whereas frequently tortured, looked as if it would sweep every thing in entrance of them. For this by myself the publication is worthy having. yet then, within the moment part, Rombs is going a lot extra and joins the numerous critics of O'Connell who've argued for a much less uncompromisingly Plotinian figuring out of Augustine's paintings. the following he strikes the scholarly argument ahead a minimum of one notch." -- Colin Starnes, Philosophy in Review"Ronnie Rombs has written

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