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By N. Joseph Torchia

This learn proceeds from an research of the importance of the Christian doctrine of creatio ex nihilo in many of the key parts of St. Augustine's prolonged anti-Manichaean polemic. To an excellent volume, his devastating critique of the Manichaeans' global view, their perception of evil, and their such a lot primary theological presuppositions relied seriously upon the confirmation that God finally created every thing that exists from not anything. In broader phrases, the examine demonstrates how the doctrine of creatio ex nihilo supplied Augustine with a good technique of defining the nature of created being as finite and mutable, and drawing a vital ontological contrast among the Divine Nature and that which God creates. Such teachings have been operative in many of the key topics of Augustine's theology.

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