"The loss of faith always occurs when the senses first awaken. At this critical moment, when nature claims us for her service, the consciousness of spiritual things is, in most cases, either eclipsed or totally destroyed. . . . It is not reason which turns the young man from God; it is the flesh. Skepticism but provides him with excuses for the the new life he is leading."
Louis Bertrand, Saint Augustin, trans. Vincent O'Sullivan (London: Constable and Company Ltd., 1914), 65 | (Paris: 1913), 81.