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Han-luen Kantzer Komline has been appointed Assistant Professor of Church History and Theology at Western Theological Seminary, effective July 1, 2015. On April 24, 2015, she defended her dissertation, From Division to Delight: Augustine and the Will, written in the theology department at the University of Notre Dame. Her PhD is to be conferred in August of 2015. Next year at Western she will be teaching “Church History I,” “Systematic Theology I,” “Credo” and “Augustine of Hippo: His Life and Thought.” She has also been appointed as a Louisville Institute Postdoctoral Fellow, effective from the fall of 2015 to the spring of 2017.



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Though Augustine’s thinking on will is often treated as just one page in the story of the history of philosophy, it deserves attention as the subject of a story unto itself, a story with changes and chapters of its own that are vital to grasping the complexity of Augustine’s thinking on this topic. It is impossible to tell the story of Augustine’s thinking on will without reference to two further stories: the story of Augustine’s development as a thinker and the overarching story of redemption he finds in Christian scripture. As he matures, Augustine layers page upon page onto his conception of will. Ultimately, the Bishop of Hippo comes to believe that events like creation, fall, redemption and eschaton all have drastic consequences of how human willing works, and even what it “is.” This conviction still shapes us today.


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