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God's Place In Augustine's Anti-Manichaean Polemic

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The author perusal of the polemical works of Augustine of Hippo consistently confronts with the question of their intentionality, which is to say, of Augustine's fidelity in reporting aspects of whatever system he had in his polemical sights. This chapter reviews the portrayal of God in the Manichaeism Augustine knew, as well as his response to that portrayal, especially in terms of the link between God and evil. It offers a brief description of the North African Manichaean explanation of the origin of the physical world (cosmogony), and of evil in particular. The chapter outlines the orientation of Augustine's early works. That Augustine gives careful attention to the nature and origin of evil there is no doubt. References to them abound in his anti-Manichaica as elsewhere, and there is a wealth of modern commentary on them.

Keywords: Augustine's anti-Manichaica; God; Manichaean cosmogony



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