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By Jeff Nicoll,Kortright Davis

ISBN-10: 1498224946

ISBN-13: 9781498224949

Augustine's Problem presents a brand new method of St. Augustine's lifestyles and doctrine, hypothesizing that his challenge was once now not sexual habit yet sexual impotence. For Augustine, the matter with intercourse was once no longer the seductive nature of ladies, however the unpredictability of wish, which may result in an undesirable erection or fail to supply one while even the brain would select to have intercourse. He extends his own lack of ability to a normal impotence of the will--we can by no means, with out grace, opt for any reliable. simply because the impotent guy can't paintings on his impotence, we won't paintings on our salvation; basically God could make a distinction and predestines a tiny pick. The disobedience of the backyard is transferred to the disobedience of the male member, ensuring that the sin of Eden is transferred, in perception, as unique sin. the main arguable components of Augustine's theology are all associated with the topic of impotence, as expressed in his writings, from the Confessions to the anti-Pelagian works written on the finish of his life.

"As a Jew and a scholar of global religions, i locate Jeff Nicoll's book, Augustine's Problem, both informative and engaging. right here we've got the origins of the worldview of the religion which remains to be the world's dominant faith, but reveals itself this present day at a crossroads in a notably altering international, fairly in regard to the query of the right kind definition of human sexuality."
--Mordecai Schreiber, author, Why humans Pray: The common strength of Prayer

"Nicoll's analyzing of Augustine is daring, extensive, and deep. evidently there's not often a big paintings on Augustine Nicoll has now not learn. but, via bankruptcy five of Nicoll's paintings, i started to consider I had by no means learn Augustine. How had I no longer visible what was once correct in entrance of my eyes? Nicoll the physicist does for Augustine what Erikson the psychologist did for Luther."
--Ronald E. Hopson, Psychologist

Jeff Nicoll obtained his doctorate in theoretical physics from MIT and has released papers in physics and cosmology. this can be his first paintings within the components of church heritage and theology.

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