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By Jeff Nicoll,Kortright Davis

Augustine's Problem offers a brand new method of St. Augustine's existence and doctrine, hypothesizing that his challenge was once now not sexual dependancy yet sexual impotence. For Augustine, the matter with intercourse used to be no longer the seductive nature of girls, however the unpredictability of wish, which could result in an undesirable erection or fail to supply one whilst even the brain would select to have intercourse. He extends his own incapability to a common impotence of the will--we can by no means, with no grace, opt for any stable. simply because the impotent guy can't paintings on his impotence, we can't paintings on our salvation; basically God could make a distinction and predestines a tiny go with. The disobedience of the backyard is transferred to the disobedience of the male member, making certain that the sin of Eden is transferred, in belief, 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 pupil of global religions, i locate Jeff Nicoll's book, Augustine's Problem, both informative and engaging. right here we've the origins of the worldview of the religion which is still the world's dominant faith, but unearths itself this day at a crossroads in a substantially altering international, really in regard to the query of the correct definition of human sexuality."
--Mordecai Schreiber, author, Why humans Pray: The common strength of Prayer

"Nicoll's interpreting of Augustine is daring, wide, and deep. evidently there's hardly ever a tremendous paintings on Augustine Nicoll has no longer learn. but, by way of bankruptcy five of Nicoll's paintings, i started to suppose I had by no means learn Augustine. How had I no longer noticeable 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 bought his doctorate in theoretical physics from MIT and has released papers in physics and cosmology. this is often his first paintings within the components of church heritage and theology.

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