asceticism

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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.
However, perceiving the danger of Neoplatonic asceticism, Merton concluded that traditional Christian asceticism had often promoted inner dividedness by advocating as its proximate end the liberation of the soul from imprisonment in the body.
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.
The Fathers feel full license to describe Jewish "outwardness" not merely in terms of literalism over against the Christian allegorical interpretation of Scripture, but as though the Jews were actually addicted to the vices of the flesh, in contrast to Christian Asceticism.
270/75), and his grandparents had survived the persecution of Maximinus by hiding for seven years (306-13) in the mountains--his family was by no means unaffected by the expansion of Christian asceticism throughout the Roman empire during this time.
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.
A chapter that surveys the scholarly consensus on different aspects of early Christian asceticism follows the brief theoretical introduction.
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