Augustine is well known for his abstract reflections, early in his career, on the role of human free choice in introducing sin into God’s good creation. But this, for Augustine, was just one small part of the larger story of human willing in relationship to God. In this lecture, we will consider how Augustine understood God’s grace and human willing in the larger context of God’s providential plan for human beings as revealed in scripture. At the same time, we will see how Augustine applied this larger picture on a micro-level, to the challenges of the Christian life that his flock faced on a day-to-day basis. As Augustine grapples with specific parts of the biblical story where human willing comes to the fore, we see him developing not just a diagnosis of how human willing went wrong, but a richly biblical and trinitarian vision of the art of willing rightly.

You can attend this lecture in person at TEDS, or watch the live-stream on our website. More details upon registration.

This event is made possible through the support of a grant from the John Templeton Foundation. The opinions expressed in this conference are those of the participants and do not necessarily reflect the views of the John Templeton Foundation.

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Han-luen Kantzer Komline (PhD Notre Dame University) is Associate Professor of Church History and Theology at Western Theological Seminary. Her research focuses on early Christian theology, especially the thought of Augustine, and has been published in Revue d’études augustiniennes et patristiques, Modern Theology, Studia Patristica, and Augustinian Studies, among other journals. Dr. Kantzer Komline’s first book is Augustine on the Will: A Theological Account (OUP, 2019).

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