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New Asceticism

Sexuality, Gender and the Quest for God

New Asceticism

Sexuality, Gender and the Quest for God

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Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9781441103222
Number of Pages: 160
Published: 05/11/2015
Width: 13.5 cm
Height: 21.6 cm

Each chapter of The New Asceticism concentrates on a contentious issue in contemporary theology - the role of women in the churches, homosexuality and the priesthood, celibacy and the future of Christian asceticism - in an original thesis about the nature of desire which may start to heal many contemporary wounds. Professor Coakley is as familiar with the Bible and the Early Fathers as she is with the writings of Freud and Jung, and she draws heavily on Gregory of Nyssa's theology of desire in what she proposes. She points the way through the false modern alternatives of repression and libertinism, agape and eros, recovering a way in which desire can be freed from associations with promiscuity and disorder, and forging a new ascetical vision founded in the disciplines of prayer and attention.

Sarah Coakley

Sarah Coakley is Norris-Hulse Professor of Divinity at the University of Cambridge, UK and was previously Mallinckrodt Professor of Divinity at Harvard Divinity School, USA. She was an assistant curate at Littlemore, Oxford, for seven years after her ordination in 2000 and is currently a minor canon of Ely Cathedral.

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