Is there a Christian asceticism
that addresses the spiritual
She traces the foundation of the humble frock, from early Christian asceticism
to 21st-century aesthetics, discovering hidden meaning, religious and secular, in its dark folds and pale pleats.
Chapter 3, "The Roman Catholic Discourse," shows how virginity's place within early Christian asceticism
and monasticism offered women an alternative to the common trajectory of marriage and sexual/reproductive service to men.
These antitheses were to be rearticulated in the Tales of the Knight and the Parson, Christian humanism versus Christian asceticism
, verse fable not prose treatise, philosophy versus practical penance.
The few real live practitioners of religious asceticism present may have learned less from the academics than academics of whatever discipline may learn from them; for there are surely some interesting questions about the extent to which one may keep one's academic subject-matter at bay, so to speak, when text in its relation to practice and viceversa, medicine-informed studies of the human body, and such concerns as appropriate responses to food shortage cluster illuminatingly both in investigation of contemporary Ethiopian Orthodox Christian asceticism
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
Third, the severe Christian asceticism
of the early church, as recounted in Palladius's History, was not pathological.
Among the preponderance of studies on late ancient Christian asceticism
, anti-ascetic tendencies have received relatively little attention.