Concupiscence: Sin and the Mother of Sin

Thursday, 01 Nov 2001

In recent years, the study of virtue has experienced a renaissance. While we are recovering our classical grammar of virtue, we should also recover our vocabulary of vice as well. Concupiscence is among our choicest words to be recovered. Because of the great influence of Augustine, it traditionally has been associated closely with sexual desire, even within marriage. Its range of meaning, however, is broader. Derived from the Latin verb, concupisco, "to lust for worldly things," the noun concupiscentia is a word found many times in the Latin Bible (Vulgate). From ...

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