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By Jeff Nicoll,Kortright Davis

Augustine's Problem presents a brand new method of St. Augustine's existence and doctrine, hypothesizing that his challenge used to be no longer sexual dependancy yet sexual impotence. For Augustine, the matter with intercourse used to be now not the seductive nature of girls, however the unpredictability of wish, that may set off 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; simply God could make a distinction and predestines a tiny choose. 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 debatable 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 interesting. right here we now have the origins of the worldview of the religion which remains to be the world's dominant faith, but unearths itself at the present time at a crossroads in a noticeably altering international, quite 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 analyzing of Augustine is daring, vast, and deep. evidently there's not often an immense paintings on Augustine Nicoll has now not learn. but, by means of bankruptcy five of Nicoll's paintings, i started to consider I had by no means learn Augustine. How had I now not obvious what used to be 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 got 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 historical past and theology.

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