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dc.contributor.authorGrier Smith, David Edward.en_US
dc.date.accessioned2014-10-21T12:35:41Z
dc.date.available2014-10-21T12:35:41Z
dc.date.issued1991en_US
dc.identifier.otherAAINN71449en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10222/55251
dc.descriptionHaving been a Manichee himself for nine years, Augustine of Hippo wrote extensively against the Manichees after his conversion to catholic Christianity. Part of his anti-Manichean writings were a defence of the morality of the Old Testament narratives against the Manichean criticisms of them. In particular, Augustin addressed Manichean criticisms about the polygamy of the Old Testament patriarchs and the divinely sanctioned killing in the Old Testament. This thesis seeks to show that in two of Augustine's works, the Confessions and the Contra Faustum, Augustine sets forth a comprehensive idea of justice, according to which he defends the Old Testament narratives. This conception of justice has three main divisions, which Augustine characterizes as three "wholes": justice according to the whole of nature, justice according to the whole of custom, and justice according to the Eternal Law of God's rule. Furthermore, in both of these works. Augustine maintains that according to a true idea of justice, the Manichean position itself is unjust. Augustine's account of Manicheism has a positive aspect, in that he shows through his treatment of Manicheism, the active and passive elements that belong to contemplation. Nevertheless, Augustine portrays Manicheism as being the product of an unjust form of contemplation, in which these active and passive elements are not properly related.en_US
dc.descriptionThesis (Ph.D.)--Dalhousie University (Canada), 1991.en_US
dc.languageengen_US
dc.publisherDalhousie Universityen_US
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dc.subjectLiterature, Medieval.en_US
dc.subjectReligion, History of.en_US
dc.subjectReligion, Biblical Studies.en_US
dc.subjectReligion, Philosophy of.en_US
dc.titleThe idea of justice in Augustine's criticism of Manicheism.en_US
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dc.contributor.degreePh.D.en_US
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