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Asceticism and Society

Patrik Hagman

in The Asceticism of Isaac of Nineveh

Published in print October 2010 | ISBN: 9780199593194
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191595677 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199593194.003.0009

Series: Oxford Early Christian Studies

Asceticism and Society

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In this concluding chapter the results of the study is gathered and related to the questions posed in chapter one. For Isaac asceticism is a way to respond to existential questions. Asceticism functions by using the body to transform one's personality and communicate this difference to the world, and the way the body is used shows that contrary to popular opinion ascetics are deeply aware of the connection between body and soul. Ultimately the ascetic strives to become a message of the possibility of a different way of living, to become something like an icon pointing towards the Kingdom of God. Asceticism is thus seen to be a bodily political theology.

Keywords: conclusion; transformation; communication

Chapter.  4369 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Early Christianity

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