Chapter

The Descent of the Spirit

Arthur J. Magida

in Opening the Doors of Wonder

Published by University of California Press

Published in print October 2006 | ISBN: 9780520245457
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520941717 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520245457.003.0003
The Descent of the Spirit

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Objective forms of asceticism and various forms of abstinence advocated by religion, in assurance of a confirmed non-malicious life order, are often difficult to practically inculcate owing to factors such as peer pressure and so forth. Individuals dedicated to maintaining such ascribed lives often find it difficult to find confidantes who could support the task by like collaborations. Under such circumstances, these individuals find a virtual confidante and complement in the divine, the Holy Spirit, at basic level, souls that share in common ethos and perspectives. The common benefactor and confidante of all these souls is the Holy Spirit. This chapter appraises this practice of subconscious construction of a compadre, an existence that pervades the whole support mechanism of a religious psyche and enables him/her to forge ahead with prescribed abstinence. The invocation and subsequent incorporation of the divine can also be mediated by the Church clergy.

Keywords: peer pressure; Holy Spirit; church; confidante; divine

Chapter.  11365 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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