Sunday, September 27, 2009

What Is Asceticism?

In Cappadocian Theology the other day, we were trying to distinguish between asceticism and monasticism, to explain how one could be an ascetic without being a monk. Here is the definition my professor, Dr. George Demacopoulos, provided for asceticism: a "deliberate attempt by Christians to subvert those impulses that lead to temporal gratification (food, lust, power, reputation) and to rechannel one's energy toward the praise of God""positive attribute" (active striving for Θέωσις, "not just an active distancing from something)."

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