The Anti-Manichaean Polemic and Beyond
Preface Initial Observations/The Christian Doctrine of Crea tio ex nihilo: Some General Presuppositions/The Signifi- cance of Creatio ex nihilo for Augustine/Methodology/ The Relation Between Augustine's Life and Thought/ Augustine and Neoplatonism/A Word on Texts/ Acknowledgements/Notes Introduction The Scriptural, Patristic, and Philosophical Background of St. Augustine's Doctrine of Creatio ex nihilo Creatio ex nihilo in Scripture/Patristic Theories of Creation: The First to the Fourth Centuries/The Philo- sophical Background/The Debate Concerning Plato's Timaeus/Later Platonism and Early Patristic Theories of Creation/Possible Influences on Augustine: A Tentative Hypothesis/Concluding Remarks/Notes Chapter 1 The Manichaean Cosmogony: ix 1 A Point of Reference 65 The Religion of Mani/Methodology/The Manichaean Cosmogony/Assessment: The Three 'Moments'/The Manichaeans' Understanding of Creation: Salient Themes/Concluding Observations: Augustine's Knowledge of Manichaeism/Notes Chapter 2 Saint Augustine's Exegesis of Genesis 97 The Act of Creation/The Ontological Status of Amor- phous Matter/The Ontological Status of the Nihil! Creatio ex nihilo Defined/Conclusion/Notes VIII Contents Chapter 3 Augustine's Refutation of the Manichaean Cosmogony 135 Opposition to Manichaean Claims of Authority/The Primordial Conflict/The Two Bordering Regions/Creatio de nihilo Affirmed/The Five Natures of the Region of Darkness/The Goodness of the Whole/Evil as a Corrup- tion of the Good/Salient Features of Augustine's Refuta- tion of the Manichaean Cosmogony/Conclusion/Notes Chapter 4 Augustine's Theodicy 165 Introductory Remarks/The Divine Nature/Corruption Redefined/The Order of Creation/Evil Defined/Diverse Senses of Evil/Creation and the 'Nihi/'/Conclusion/ Notes Chapter 5 A Defense of Monotheism 193 The Contra Faustum Manichaeum : Salient Features of Faustus's Critique of Catholic Teaching/Monotheism vs. Polytheism/Monotheism vs. Dualism/Conclusion/Notes Chapter 6 Creatio ex nihilo in Augustine's Anti-Manichaean Polemic: A...
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