Volume 13, Issue 4, October 1996
Theological Contributions to Theodicy
Rowan A. Greer
Augustine’s Transformation of the Free Will Defence
Augustine’s first conversion is to the Christian Platonism of his day, which brought along with it a free-will defence to the problem of evil. Formative as this philosophical influence was, however, Augustine’s own experience of sin combines with his sense of God’s sovereignty to lead him to modify the views he inherited in significant ways. This transformation is demonstrated by setting Augustine’s evolving position against that of Gregory of Nyssa.