St. Augustine and souls

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Question from Wayne on 3/30/2008:

Dear Dr. Geraghty,

Did St. Augustine believe in the pre-existence of the soul in Heaven yet outside the mind of God?

I am reading Augustine's "True Religion" translated by Edmund Hill O.P. and published by New City Press. The context of one statement that says, "it [the soul] had instead meditated on eternal things in its worship of the one God" The footnote to this statement states: "Augustine is here evidently presupposing teh pre-existence of teh soul before it is dispatched int this world to animate a body."

Thank you.
Answer by Richard Geraghty on 6/1/2008:

Dear Wayne,

I do not buy that footnote at all. I have never heard of Augustine holding that souls existed before human being were conceived. That was Plato's view, not St. Augustine's.

Dr. Geraghty

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