I tried searching through the Confessions for the word fornication. I think the most relevant seemed to be in chapter one. " For the friendship of this world is fornication against You,"
a variation of James’ letter.
I originally derived this conception from the class textbook, The West in the World, Volume 1: to 1715, by Sherman and Salisbury. I’ll quote the part which struck me specifically.
“The most influential writer on sexuality was Augustine. In his widely read work The Confessions, he described his inability to give up his mistress and his “habit” of lust. As he explained, only with God’s help was he able to summon the resolve to renounce these vices. This experience convinced Augustine that human beings were born with original sin and that this sin was passed to subsequent generations through semen during sexual intercourse. Because of original sin, Augustine concluded, people had to keep constant vigil against the force of lust – even marital intercourse was somewhat suspect.” West in the World, page 169.
I could find no reference in the book’s bibliography to which part of Confessions it’s referring to. However, I suppose I’ll now cite the section of my paper that was submitted yesterday in regards to this consideration, which will perhaps create a more fruitful discussion.
"Astonishingly the Zohar echoes Revelation’s 2nd coming of Christ in several parts. In a complex passage which I’ll attempt to describe… It first describes Adam that he was “…seduced by her, he sinned with that whore of a woman, the primordial serpent.” This reminds one of the expulsion from Eden. Before writing this paper, I’d hypothesized that the Fall of humanity , is a profound parable, indicating perhaps that Adam and Even copulated with Satan. Why? I base this idea mainly on the description of the Flood in Genesis. “…The sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair, and they took them wives of all which they chose. And the Lord said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh, yet his days shall be and hundred and twenty years.” Gen 6. So this part of Genesis describes that angels took wives of humans, and corresponds to Lord God announcing the dramatic shortening of human life span, from the earlier patriarch’s near-1000, to the post-Flood’s, and more familiar to our own, life span of only somewhat over 100 years. This certainly reminds us of the curse on Adam in Eden. “And unto Adam He said, Because thou… hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, thou shalt not eat of it, cursed is the ground for thy sake, in sorrow thou shalt eat of it all the days of thy life… In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground, for out of it wast thou taken; for dust thou art, and unto dust thou shalt return. " Gen 3. There seems to be a further description of (fallen) angels copulating with humans in Genesis, immediately after Lord God shortens man’s life. “There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them… and God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth… and the Lord said, I will destroy man whom I have made from off the face of the earth…” Gen 6. So there is a double curse in regard to (fallen) angels copulating with humans. First, the shortening of lifespan, then, the Flood. I’d read this idea in the class textbook ascribed to St. Augustine, that the expulsion from Eden was punishment from the crime of fornication, yet was unable to find it in the Confessions. The closest example I could find, was where Augustine compared the fall of man, as being like when he as a boy stole pears from a pear tree. After he stole the pears he didn’t even eat them, but merely threw them away. He did it not to eat the fruit but for the thrill of stealing. He then said, the Fall from Eden is similar, because the soul fornicated. The textbook described, Augustine thought human seed became “evil,” and from the above excerpt of Genesis, and from what the Zohar also suggested, I suggest, that the human genome, is a hybrid of Lord God’s genome, Spirit, and Satan’s genome, the flesh. Another part of the Bible which appears to indicate this idea, is what I consider to be one of Christ’s most profound parables. In Matthew 13, Christ describes a field which sprouts both wheat and weeds, and then makes the parable plain to His disciples. “…His disciples came unto him saying, declare unto us the parable of the tares of the field. He answered and said unto them, He that hath the good seed is the Son of man; the field is the world, the good seed are the children of the kingdom, but the tares are the children of the wicked one, the enemy that sowed them is the devil, the harvest is the end of the world, and the reapers are the angels. As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire, shall it be in the end of this world. The son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of this kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity, and shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth. Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Who hath earth to hear, let him hear.” Matthew 13. So Christ describes the saved, as like God’s children, and the damned, as like Satan’s children.”
Part one of my response, part 2 is below since the response is too long.