The Augustinian Origins of Sex-is-Bad

Just a little thought on the origins of Christian frigidity that I couldn’t resist sharing:

“Augustine had lived with a woman before this conversion, but then abandoned her and remained celibate for the rest of his life, and Western Christianity, to paraphrase Freud, might be considered at least in part to be the collective outworking of Augustine’s obsessive neurosis concerning guilt about sex.”

From Warner, Rob. 2010. Secularization and Its Discontents. London: Continuum, p. 15.

Seems Augustine’s a bit of a dark horse..


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Scholar of religion/nonreligion... PhD Student (Lancaster University), blogger, singer, actor, thinker... Northern Irish living in Scotland. Co-founder of The Religious Studies Project. Director at the NSRN. Baritone masquerading as a tenor. Vegetarian for no particular reason.

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