The New Asceticism Paperback

Sexuality, Gender and the Quest for God

by Sarah Coakley;

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The New Asceticism

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In this title, Coakley cuts creatively across established ecclesiastical battle lines and draws both camps into a new serious reflection on ascetical theology tout court. Each chapter in this new book concentrates on a highly contentious issue in contemporary theology - the role of women, homosexuality, celibacy and so forth, but in a way to argue for an entirely new ascetical theology. Professor Coakley is familiar with the Bible and the Early Fathers as she is with the writings of Freud and Jung and her thesis is entirely original and may start to heal many contemporary wounds. Coakley draws heavily upon the theology of St Gregory of Nyssa in her argument. For Gregory desire as thwarted, chastened, transformed, renewed and finally intensified in God, bringing forth spiritual fruits. This points the way through the false modern alternatives of repression and libertarianism, between agape and eros and has curiously many points of contact with Freud. In this way homoerotic desire at least could be potentially released from its cultural and biblical associations with promiscuity and disorder.

The New Asceticism by Sarah Coakley was published by Bloomsbury Publishing PLC in November 2015 and is our 45173rd best seller. The ISBN for The New Asceticism is 9781441103222.

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Page last updated 11th May 2016
Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherBloomsbury Publishing PLC (November 2015)
Number of Pages208
Thickness28 mm
Height216 mm
Width135 mm
Product Code3196701
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