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Jesse Couenhoven
Villanova University
  1. What sin is: A differential analysis.Jesse Couenhoven - 2009 - Modern Theology 25 (4):563-587.
    In the article "What Sin Is: A Differential Analysis," Jesse Couenhoven delves into the definitions and categorizations of sin according to various Christian doctrines. The author critically examines traditional definitions, such as those provided by the Westminster Confession and catechisms, and argues that they fail to adequately distinguish between sin and evil, often conflating natural evils with sinful acts. Couenhoven also considers gray areas of ethical behavior, such as the actions of a schizophrenic who curses against God or the mistakes (...)
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  2. St. Augustine’s Doctrine of Original Sin.Jesse Couenhoven - 2005 - Augustinian Studies 36 (2):359-396.
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    The Justice in Mercy.Jesse Couenhoven - 2020 - Journal of Religious Ethics 48 (3):399-417.
    It is natural to wonder how mercy is related to justice. I focus in this essay on a more limited question: how should we relate mercy and retributive justice? My suggestion is that attending to our situation as moral agents can help us solve this conundrum. I offer a pessimistic reading of our situation. Because of original sin and related forms of bad moral luck, we have limited control over our attitudes and actions. This has a surprisingly hopeful upshot, since (...)
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    Perception, Sensibility, and Moral Motivation In Augustine: A Stoic-Platonic Synthesis. By Sarah Catherine Byers.Jesse Couenhoven - 2015 - American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 89 (1):156-159.
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    Augustine’s Moral Psychology.Jesse Couenhoven - 2017 - Augustinian Studies 48 (1):23-44.
    This essay addresses common misunderstandings about the part of Augustine’s theological anthropology one might call his “moral psychology.” It particularly seeks to distance Augustine’s mature account of human agency from influential faculty psychologies. I argue that it is misleading to talk about Augustine’s view of the “will,” given what we typically mean by that term, and that “choice” is not central to Augustine’s account of human freedom. These claims hold not least because of the way Augustine thought about what he (...)
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    The Possibilities of Forgiveness.Jesse Couenhoven - 2013 - Journal of Religious Ethics 41 (3):377-381.
    Perhaps the best way to challenge anodyne popular conceptions of forgiveness is to highlight the ways in which “forgiveness,” like “justice” and “freedom,” is a rich and deeply contested term that relies for its content on divergent convictions about who we are and who we should seek to be. The essays in this focus issue articulate some of the many possibilities for practicing and thinking about forgiveness.
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  7. Augustine and Philosophy.Johannes Brachtendorf, John D. Caputo, Jesse Couenhoven, Alexander R. Eodice, Wayne J. Hankey, John Peter Kenney, Paul A. Macdonald Jr, Gareth B. Matthews, Roland J. Teske, Frederick Van Fleteren & James Wetzel - 2010 - Lexington Books.
    The essays in this book, by a variety of leading Augustine scholars, examine not only Augustine's multifaceted philosophy and its relation to his epoch-making theology, but also his practice as a philosopher, as well as his relation to other philosophers both before and after him. Thus the collection shows that Augustine's philosophy remains an influence and a provocation in a wide variety of settings today.
     
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    Against metaethical imperialism: Several arguments for equal partnerships between the deontic and aretaic.Jesse Couenhoven - 2010 - Journal of Religious Ethics 38 (3):521-544.
    Virtue and deontological ethics are now commonly contrasted as rival approaches to moral inquiry. However, I argue that neither metaethical party should seek complete, solitary domination of the ethical domain. Reductive treatments of the right or the virtuous, as well as projects that abandon the former or latter, are bound to leave us with a sadly diminished map of the moral territories crucial to our lives. Thus, it is better for the two parties to seek a more cordial and equal (...)
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    Eudaimonism, Virtue, and Self‐Sacrifice.Jesse Couenhoven - 2019 - Journal of Religious Ethics 47 (1):7-14.
    This essay introduces some of the key topics at stake in the ongoing controversies about the place of eudaimonism in Christian ethics and theology. Whether and in what way a person should seek her or his own happiness and flourishing has been a central question in ethics for centuries. Here I summarize the contributions the essays in this focus issue make to that conversation, and conclude by briefly sketching a Neoplatonist approach to eudaimonism that may offer a way to build (...)
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  10. Karl Barth's eschatological (rejection of) natural law : an eschatological natural law theory of divine command.Jesse Couenhoven - 2013 - In Bryan T. McGraw, Jesse David Covington & Micah Joel Watson (eds.), Natural law and evangelical political thought. Lexington Books.
     
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    Sin: A History – By Gary A. Anderson.Jesse Couenhoven - 2011 - Modern Theology 27 (1):194-197.
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    Womanist Ethics and the Cultural Production of Evil.Jesse Couenhoven - 2011 - Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics 31 (1):203-204.
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    William E. Mann, God, Belief, and Perplexity.Jesse Couenhoven - 2018 - Augustinian Studies 49 (2):301-305.
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    Grace as Pardon and Power: Pictures of the Christian Life in Luther, Calvin, and Barth.Jesse Couenhoven - 2000 - Journal of Religious Ethics 28 (1):63 - 88.
    Christians have long understood grace both as a declaration of acceptance and as a power that transforms. This article illumines two theses while investigating the relationship between these understandings of grace in Luther, Calvin, and Barth's development of the law/gospel dialectic and the doctrines of justification and sanctification. First, though each theologian makes use of both understandings of grace, each also tends to emphasize one over the other. The unity and tension within and between these perspectives help to show that (...)
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    Law and Gospel, or the Law of the Gospel? Karl Barth's Political Theology Compared with Luther and Calvin.Jesse Couenhoven - 2002 - Journal of Religious Ethics 30 (2):181 - 205.
    This essay is an attempt to understand the significance of Barth's redefinition of the "law/gospel" rubric for political theology. Barth's thought is exposited at length, and illumined by comparison with Luther and Calvin. Luther emphasizes the distance between gospel and the law, distinguishing between serving God in the secular regiment, and serving Christ in the spiritual regiment. He thereby challenges the improper relation of state and church, but does so in a manner that can lead to a passive dualism. Calvin (...)
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    Book Review: Nicholas Adams, Eclipse of Grace: Divine and Human Action in HegelAdamsNicholas, Eclipse of Grace: Divine and Human Action in Hegel . xx + 240 pp. £60.00. ISBN 978-1-118-46588-2. [REVIEW]Jesse Couenhoven - 2015 - Studies in Christian Ethics 28 (4):491-494.
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