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Original Sin and the Hermeneutics of Charity: A Response to Gilbert Meilaender
Charles T. Mathewes
The Journal of Religious Ethics
Vol. 29, No. 1 (Spring, 2001), pp. 35-42
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/40017874
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Looking for a way to read the classic texts of Christian antiquity without treating them either as if they were written yesterday or as if they were archaeological artefacts, the author endorses Meilaender's endeavor to develop the insights of Augustine in the modern context. He nevertheless suggests that a different way of drawing the analogy between sex and eating would better capture Augustine's distinctive way of joining theology and ethics and would enable a more vigorous defense of Augustine against modern critics of his treatment of sexuality.
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