There Thomas, having set forth the Aristotelian definition of love as "to will the good for someone," explains that "the motion of love tends to two things, namely, to a good that someone wills for someone, whether for himself or for another, and to that one for whom he wills the good." (61) The terms "love of concupiscence
" and "love of friendship" name, respectively, love's tendency to these diverse objects.
And the enslavement of human beings to the disordered power of their own sexuality, to lust, was but one sign - albeit a rather common, widespread and evident one - of that enslavement to sin and of the continuing power of concupiscence
even in the lives of the baptized.
Is Rahner's view correct that concupiscence
and death, as experienced now, cannot be explained solely in natural terms?
Historically the Roman Catholic prohibition against all forms of artificial contraception is grounded in a form of physicalist Ulpian natural law, particular aspects of Stoic philosophy, all of which is haunted by the towering figure of Augustine of Hippo and his theology regarding creation, original sin, concupiscence
, the inferiority of women, sexuality and marriage.
(14) For Augustine, unruly sexual desire and even the unpredictability of the sexual organs are paradigmatic of concupiscence
, the disordered desire of all kinds that is the wreckage of the Fall of humanity.
Because Christ wants to restore that original intent for marriage prior to the arrival of sin and concupiscence
, John Paul asks in the TOB, "What was it like in the beginning?"
Provocations to concupiscence
, albeit in spiritual terms (being ravished by God; lusting after Christ), stimulate religious affect even as they retain a transgressive charge.
"On Nakayama Hill" stands apart from the other three short stories by virtue of the relatively traditional narrative style within which Furui weaves a poignant tale of sexual and emotional uncertainty, geriatric concupiscence
, and physical decay.
As a consequence of this distinction, Scholastic theology further acknowledged the residual effect of original sin in concupiscence
, or disordered desire, which goes against human reason.
A person who is willing to maintain a healthy mistrust of his own way of seeing things and who declares war on his own concupiscence
is a person who is already more likely to succeed than not.
O people who have only known themselves As the servants of concupiscence
, Other than shamelessness in your godlessness, How else can it be with you?!
As Augustine saw it, Adam's sin--the founding moment of "fallen" time--resulted in a threefold inheritance for all of Adam's descendants: ignorance, concupiscence
, and death, all handed down by procreation, specifically by the male seed.