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asceticism

[aset′isiz′əm]
Etymology: Gk, askein, to exercise
(in psychiatry) a defense mechanism that involves repudiation of all instinctual impulses. The concept is derived from the religious doctrine that material things are evil and only spiritual things are good.
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So what are the positive telling marks of Christian asceticism.
In addition to his rejection of the puritanical or Jansenist elements in traditional Christian asceticism, Merton was insistent throughout his writings that one must avoid a mechanical, one-size-fits-all, ascetic regime.
102) The charge that a laborer will never gain wealth or fame would certainly have no traction with Basil, for his conversion to Christian asceticism led him to reevaluate both of these aims: poverty, we have seen, far from being an obstacle, was an important component of the ascetic life.
The concern to guard traditional values of wealth and marriage, coupled with disdain for ascetic prestige that rivaled aristocratic honores, prejudiced some against Christian asceticism that took too vigorous a form.
Nash, however, is anxious to make clear that frugality is not to be viewed as "holy poverty" or as Christian asceticism, both of which he views as severe responses to consumption.
18) Namely, that the daughter of one of the most noble (and wealthy) families of the Western empire has renounced sex and marriage, been consecrated as a virgin, and received the advice of the more famous names in Christian asceticism of her day.
It is a major contribution to research on and general thinking about early Christian asceticism and Scripture and a complex of related topics and issues.
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