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Gratia et Certamen: The Relationship Between Grace and Free Will in the Discussion of Augustine with the So-Called Semipelagians (Bibliotheca Ephemeridum Theologicarum Lovaniensium) [Paperback]

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Pages   468
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.52" Width: 6.46" Height: 1.23"
Weight:   1.95 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Dec 31, 2004
Publisher   Peeters
ISBN  9042913517  
EAN  9789042913516  


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The issues involved in the discussion between the monks of Hadrumetum/Marseille and Augustine range from questions of initium fidei and naturae bonum, to the understanding of predestination. The monks' reaction to Augustine's doctrine of absolute sovereign grace must be seen as a plea in favour of a harmonizing approach, where human commitment is also envisaged as playing, at times, a primary role. In the light of a dialogical synergism, of a unitarian and cosmic view of God's oeconomia salutis, and relying on a strong ascetic framework, the monks biggest fear was that the implications of Augustine's predestinarian view would jeopardise the importance of the struggle for perfection, the meaning of God's universal salvific will, of Christ's redeeming action, and finally of the Church. The different theological traditions to which Augustine and the monks appealed play also a significant role, as do the specific social and religious context in which they respectively moved.

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Awesome work  Feb 19, 2008
Donato Ogliari, OSB, wrote this book as his doctoral dissertation at the University of Louvain, Belgium. As of today, it is the most authoritative and scholarly work in the English language about the initial phase of the Semipelagian controversy. 436 pages long; a 38 pages bibliography; 243 pages devoted to the background of the doctrine of predestination and to a critical assessment of Augustine's views - are the outstanding features of a book destined to remain for a long time THE documentation of the conflict between Augustine and his African and Massilians opponents. Unlike Rebecca Weaver's book (which in comparison looks like a graduate student's midterm theology paper), Ogliari does not hold back his personal views about his subject matter, nor does he mince words. Respectfully and progressively, he takes Augustine to task on the following accounts:
a) Faulty biblical exegesis
b) Betrayal of the established theological tradition
c) Exceedingly negative anthropology
d) Unbalanced and unwarranted emphasis on divine sovereignty at the expense of free will

Augustine comes out with a "black eye," with great satisfaction of his modern detractors and to the dismay of people like me, who still cast their lots with the saint's theology. My only two comments/questions for Ogliari are:
1) Why didn't he mention extensively the views of Augustine's scholarly supporters? Are they so few and far in between as to fit in a phone booth? Or is this a case of an unforgivable omission on Ogliari's part? For example, why are there no references to the great theologian Garrigou-Lagrange and to Gaetano Lettieri's foundational work L'altro Agostino (2001)?
2) Is Origen's doctrine of "apokatastasis" Ogliari's "operative bias"? That would explain why he is so relentless in his critique of Augustine's soteriology.
 
Scholarly work  Feb 19, 2008
Donato Ogliari, OSB, wrote this book as his doctoral dissertation at the University of Louvain, Belgium. As of today, it is the most authoritative and scholarly work in the English language about the initial phase of the Semipelagian controversy. 436 pages long; a 38 pages bibliography; 243 pages devoted to the background of the doctrine of predestination and to a critical assessment of Augustine's views - are the outstanding features of a book destined to remain for a long time THE documentation of the conflict between Augustine and his African and Massilians opponents. Unlike Rebecca Weaver's book (which in comparison looks like a graduate student's midterm theology paper), Ogliari does not hold back his personal views about his subject matter, nor does he mince words. Respectfully and progressively, he takes Augustine to task on the following accounts:
a) Faulty biblical exegesis
b) Betrayal of the established theological tradition
c) Exceedingly negative anthropology
d) Unbalanced and unwarranted emphasis on divine sovereignty at the expense of free will

Augustine comes out with a "black eye," with great satisfaction of his modern detractors and to the dismay of people like me, who still cast their lots with the saint's theology. My only two comments/questions for Ogliari are:
1) Why didn't he mention extensively the views of Augustine's scholarly supporters? Are they so few and far in between as to fit in a phone booth? Or is this a case of an unforgivable omission on Ogliari's part? For example, why are there no references to the great theologian Garrigou-Lagrange and to Gaetano Lettieri's foundational work L'altro Agostino (2001)?
2) Is Origen's doctrine of "apokatastasis" Ogliari's "operative bias"? That would explain why he is so relentless in his critique of Augustine's soteriology.

All in all, this book is a scholarly masterpiece.
 

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