Anti-pelagian Writings by St. Augustine
Chapter 22.--Victor's Third Quotation.
He proceeds to favour us with a third passage, in which it is written: |Who forms the spirit of man within him.| As if any one denied this! No; all our question is as to the mode of the formation. Now let us take the eye of the body, and ask, who but God forms it? I suppose that He forms it not externally, but in itself, and yet, most certainly, by propagation. Since, then, He also forms |the human spirit in him,| the question still remains, whether it be derived by a fresh insufflation in every instance, or by propagation.