St. Augustine and the Goodness of Creaturely Existence

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Dr. David H. Nikkel, Associate Professor & Dept. Chair (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Pembroke (UNCP )
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Abstract: Augustine's life and writings can be viewed as a struggle between denying and affirming bodily existence in time. Related to this is the question of how created goods are to be appreciated and valued in relation to enjoying and loving God. Stages in his life, particularly his Manichaeism, The Confessions, and The City of God, are examined, with the conclusion that Augustine generally moves to a greater affirmation of earthly existence and towards perceiving created goods as gifts from God with intrinsic rather than merely instrumental value (as pointing to the eternal), his attitude on sex being an exception.

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Language: English
Date: 1978
St. Augustine}, Goodness of Creation, Bodily Existence, Evil, Manichaeism, Intrinsic Value, Instrumental Value, Sexuality

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