Asceticism and Anthropology in Irenaeus and Clement Paperback

by John Behr;


Due for release on 23 March 2017. Pre-order today

 


Free UK delivery when you spend £10 or more

Price and Purchase

Offer price: £28.92 Free UK Delivery
Go to Basket We accept VISA, Mastercard, Paypal and Buy Now Pay Later

If you're buying for a church, school or business, why not Buy Now Pay Later?

Find Out More

Asceticism and Anthropology in Irenaeus and Clement

Full Product Description

Asceticism and Anthropology in Irenaeus and Clement examines the ways in which Irenaeus and Clement understood what it means to be human. By exploring these writings from within their own theological perspectives, John Behr also offers a theological critique of the prevailing approach to the asceticism of Late Antiquity. Writing before monasticism became the dominant paradigm of Christian asceticism, Irenaeus and Clement afford fascinating glimpses of alternative approaches. For Irenaeus, asceticism is the expression of man living the life of God in all dimensions of the body, that which is most characteristically human and in the image of God. Human existence as a physical being includes sexuality as a permanent part of the framework within which males and females grow towards God. In contrast, Clement depicts asceticism as man's attempt at a godlike life to protect the rational element, that which is distinctively human and in the image of God, from any possible disturbance and threat, or from the vulnerability of dependency, especially of a physical or sexual nature. Here human sexuality is strictly limited by the finality of procreation and abandoned in the resurrection.
By paying careful attention to these two writers, Behr offers challenging material for the continuing task of understanding ourselves as human beings.

Asceticism and Anthropology in Irenaeus and Clement by John Behr was published by Oxford University Press in March 2017. The ISBN for Asceticism and Anthropology in Irenaeus and Clement is 9780198800224.

Reviews of Asceticism and Anthropology in Irenaeus and Clement

Customer reviews and testimonials Write a review

Product Q&A

Got a question? No problem! Just click here to ask us about Asceticism and Anthropology in Irenaeus and Clement.

Specifications

Details for Asceticism and Anthropology in Irenaeus and Clement

Page last updated 29th October 2016
Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherOxford University Press (March 2017)
Number of Pages280
Height216 mm
Width138 mm
ISBN9780198800224
ISBN-100198800223
Product Code4488512
Eden is an accredited Living Wage employer