Augustine of Hippo: Philosopher, Exegete and Theologian: A by Roland J. Teske

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In any case, God cannot be both perfectly good and creator; hence, the upshot of Flew’s examination of the free will defense is the necessary non-existence of the alleged defendant. 9 Ibid. , p. 93. Flew here cites St. Thomas, Summa contra Gentiles, III, 67, where Aquinas says, “Every operation ... of anything is traced back to him as its cause” Flew goes on to cite Luther (p. 94) and concludes that both Aquinas and Luther were compatibilists and that “the nightmare of the Great Manipulator is not ...

50 Augustine Of Hippo: Philosopher, Exegete & Theologian freely and always choose what is right is not logically possible. If such a world is not logically possible, then God can be both omnipotent and all good. ” He argues that those who maintain that an all-good God must have chosen the best possible world are operating with a criterion of morality that claims that in any given situation there is only one right choice, usually, the choice that produces the optimal results or most felicific consequences.

The goodness or evil of external actions derives from the goodness or evil of the will. ” Each man’s happiness is his own good, but is attained only through clinging to the highest good common to all. In happiness lie all the virtues that man cannot use wrongly and that are the great goods proper to each man. , happiness and the virtues, by clinging to the common and immutable goods, truth and wisdom. Hence, free choice of the will is a necessary condition of man’s attain42 ing his proper and primary good and the great goods, the virtues.

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