This is a recent paper on the history of the use of ‘Concupiscence.’
Concupiscence has played a significant and at times controversial role in Christian theology, from Augustine into our own time. Crucial debates during the reformation have relied upon its analysis. Its range of use has at times resulted in ambiguity. This paper surveys foundational uses of concupiscence in Plato, Aristotle, Stoic philosophy, and the early Church. It then briefly explores how Augustine and Thomas employ it. The goal of this paper is to illuminate the historical role of the term in Christian theology. A significant finding is the relative agreement between Augustine and Thomas on the material role of concupiscence in original sin.