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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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The ascetical, virtuous pursuit of perfection offers to its practitioners a personal, dynamic, purposeful future-oriented agenda.
She asserts that for Luther and other Protestant reformers, clerical marriage was "iconoclastic" (145, 183) in that it helped to smash not only papal authority and its unrealistic demands, but also false notions of ordained clergy as set apart and sacred, and notions of a works righteousness that would presume to earn merit before God through ascetical renunciation of sexual activity.
do something to convince the clergy (especially the younger among them), ordination candidates, and perhaps some others, of the importance of basing their study of modern psychology upon a solid foundation of moral and ascetical theology and at the same time of translating ancient formulations of these latter sciences into terms of a truly scientific knowledge of the human psyche and its processes.
Beuno's and of his ascetical principles derived from Ignatian spirituality with its ideal of seeing God in all things.
She began observing Church Holy Days, fasting on Fridays and during Lent, and eventually embraced the strict ascetical practices of the medieval mystics.
Theologian Richard Gaillardetz has captured this view of marriage well by describing marriage as an ascetical vocation.
These include the healing that takes place through prayer, ascetical practices, and the charisms of healing; through sacraments and healing services; through a combination of medical and spiritual, social and systemic approaches; and through sensing the sustaining presence of the Holy Spirit, even when we accept and continue to struggle with illness and traumas.
First, alongside classic themes which were in the first volume of the Dictionary such as ascetical theology, mystical theology and spiritual theology, the New Dictionary includes ground-breaking entries on a wide range of contemporary themes and metaphors.
Romero's doctoral degree was in ascetical theology.
During the commonwealth period Puritans made an energetic effort to inculcate a strict, ascetical form of Judeo-Christian morality.
Alexander Golitzin, Marquette University theologian, discusses "The Violent Take It by Force: Martial Imagery in the Eastern Christian Ascetical Tradition.
Dombrowski claims that Thoreau's diet "seems to have been a part of his ascetical desire to purify the soul" (28).