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Augustine and the Functions of Concupiscence
Nisula, Timo

Leiden: Brill, 2012 pp. xiv + 419. $220.00

Series Information
Supplements to Vigiliae Christianae: Texts and Studies of Early Christian Life and Language, 116

Description: Augustineís ideas of sinful desire, including its sexual manifestations, have fueled controversies for centuries. In Augustine and the Functions of Concupiscence, Timo Nisula analyses Augustineís own theological and philosophical concerns in his extensive writings about evil desire (concupiscentia, cupiditas, libido). Beginning with a terminological survey of the vocabulary of desire, the book demonstrates how the concept of evil desire was tightly linked with Augustineís fundamental theological views of divine justice, the origin of evil, Christian virtues and grace. This book offers a comprehensive account of Augustineís developing views of concupiscence and provides an innovative, in-depth picture of the theological imagination behind disputed ideas of sex, temptation and moral responsibility.

Subjects: Early Christian Literature, Literature, Methods, Theological Approaches

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Review by Anthony Dupont
Published 8/23/2014
Citation: Anthony Dupont, review of Timo Nisula, Augustine and the Functions of Concupiscence, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2014).


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