asceticism

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Synonyms for asceticism

Synonyms for asceticism

the doctrine that through renunciation of worldly pleasures it is possible to achieve a high spiritual or intellectual state

the trait of great self-denial (especially refraining from worldly pleasures)

rigorous self-denial and active self-restraint

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But he also came to reject the "puritanical" elements sometimes attributed to traditional Christian asceticism and strove to establish the ways in which asceticism must "relate to the concrete circumstances and needs of a person's life.
25) Judith Adler, "Cultivating Wilderness: Environmentalism and Legacies of Early Christian Asceticism," Comparative Studies in Society and History 48 (2006): 4-37.
reformation of some ancient or newborn Christian asceticism.
According to the Life, the holy woman rejected "a great swarm of suitors," preferring a life of Christian asceticism.
The problem is that consumerism is already a spiritual discipline of detachment, though one with a very different way of operating than classical Christian asceticism.
Indeed in its spirited critique of Christian asceticism and its use of Pascalian aphorism, Patmore's "Aurea Dicta" and "Homo" from The Rod, The Root and The Flower show a surprising affinity with the century's greatest aphoristic critic of Christian asceticism, Frederich Nietzsche, especially the Nietzsche of The Gay Science (1882) and Thus Spoke Zarathrustra (1884-1885).
But the view of the family as so much window-dressing for the act of lust and shame led Leo Tolstoi into the outright Christian asceticism whereby, in The Kreutzer Sonata, he represented conjugality itself as bestiality.
The effect of this reading was to make him into a humanist and to make him wary of some of the most punishing and demeaning aspects of Christian asceticism.
With the success of Christian asceticism, sexually active marriage was considered a second tier of asceticism.
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