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By N. Joseph Torchia

This research proceeds from an research of the importance of the Christian doctrine of creatio ex nihilo in a few of the key parts of St. Augustine's prolonged anti-Manichaean polemic. To a very good quantity, his devastating critique of the Manichaeans' international view, their notion of evil, and their such a lot basic theological presuppositions relied seriously upon the confirmation that God finally created every little thing that exists from not anything. In broader phrases, the research demonstrates how the doctrine of creatio ex nihilo supplied Augustine with an efficient technique of defining the nature of created being as finite and mutable, and drawing a vital ontological contrast among the Divine Nature and that which God creates. Such teachings have been operative in many of the key topics of Augustine's theology.

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