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The word concupiscentia is used in the Lat. text of AC II in the definition of original sin.* Ger. text: “voll böser Lust und Neigung.” Following Augustine* of Hippo, Bonaventura,* Hugh* of St. Victor, and others, Ap II says that concupiscence seeks and loves carnal things (not only sinful lusts of the body but also carnal wisdom and righteousness), ignores and despises God, lacks fear and trust in Him, hates His judgment and flees it, is angry at Him, despairs of His mercy, and trusts in temporal things (Ro 7:7, 23; 1 Co 2:14); it rejects the claim that concupiscence is a penalty and not a sin.

W. Elert, Morphologie des Luthertums, I (Munich, 1931; 1952 print.), 25–31, tr. W. A. Hansen, The Structure of Lutheranism, I (St. Louis, 1962), 28–35.

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