I have redressed injuries, righted wrongs, punished insolences, vanquished giants, and crushed monsters; I am in love, for no other reason than that it is incumbent on knights-errant to be so; but though I am, I am no carnal-minded
lover, but one of the chaste, platonic sort.
I will expound to you -- as I alone can -- the secret of the enginery that effected the Rattleborough miracle -- the one, the true, the admitted, the undisputed, the indisputable miracle, which put a definite end to infidelity among the Rattleburghers and converted to the orthodoxy of the grandames all the carnal-minded
who had ventured to be sceptical before.
(27) Insofar as carnal-minded individuals remain on the surface of things, their thinking on intelligible and spiritual realities can accommodate only sensible representations of the divine.
Augustine uncovers the same sort of mental trickery at work in how carnal-minded individuals think about the nature of the soul.
The ambiguity of his status as "a faithful Israelite or a carnal-minded
, misbelieving Jew" (174) helps a reader understand much of the controversy regarding this work.