Augustine believed that human nature was naturally inclined to sin, he claims that this is a trait that humans have inherited from Adam, ‘we are all seminally present in the loins of Adam’, and that our inclination to vice comes for original sin. Many people would disagree with this stating that, there are more good … Continue reading Assess Augustine’s view on love and its effect on human nature. (40 marks).
Augustine’s starting point is the account of creation in Genesis 1-3. He taught that in the beginning humans lived in harmony alongside God. It was a time when the human body, will and reason were all in complete co-operation with each other. The human will comprised cupiditas (self-love) and caritas (generous love) which were both … Continue reading Augustine on human nature- “Humans can never be morally good through their own efforts”. Discuss. (40 marks)
Augustine was a 4th century philosopher who combined Christian doctrine with Neoplatonism. Augustine philosophy tries to reconcile beliefs about freewill, especially the belief that humans are morally responsible for their actions, with the belief that one’s life is predestined. His philosophy developed at a time when religious pluralism was being increasingly overcome by Christian values promoted by Emperor … Continue reading Augustine on human nature – How convincing are Augustine’s teachings on the historical Fall and Original Sin? (40 marks)