B.G. Prusak’s “An Analysis of Augustine’s Argument in Confessions That Evil Does Not Exist”: A Response

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Jonathan P. Yates


In these comments on Bernard G. Prusak's analysis of Augustine's argument against the existence of evil, I attempt to show that neither Prusak’s analysis nor his conclusion is thorough enough to compel us to follow him in what I take to be his major assertion, viz. that Augustine’s conceptions regarding the nature of creation and the nature of evil are both something less than fully compelling.

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Jonathan P. Yates

Jonathan Yates is an Arthur J. Ennis fellow at Villanova University and a member of the faculty of the Villanova Center for Liberal Education (VCLE). He completed his dissertation in Historical Theology at the University of Louvain in Belgium. His area of expertise is Ancient Christianity, particularly Early Latin Christianity and the life, thought, and impact of Augustine of Hippo.