Asceticism

Paperback | May 15, 2002

EditorVincent L. Wimbush, Richard Valantasis

not yet rated|write a review
From meditation and fasting to celibacy and anchoritism, the ascetic impulse has been an enduring and complex phenomenon throughout history. Offering a sweeping view of this elusive and controversial aspect of religious life and culture, Asceticism looks at the ascetic impulse from a uniquevantage point. Cross-cultural, cross-religious, and multidisciplinary in nature, these essays provide a broad historical and comparative perspective on asceticism--a subject rarely studied outside the context of individual religious traditions. The work represents the input of more than fortypreeminent scholars in a wide range of fields and disciplines, and analyzes asceticism from antiquity to the present in European, Near Eastern, African, Asian, and North American settings. Asceticism is organized around four major themes that cut across religious traditions: origins and meanings of asceticism, which explores the motivations and impulses behind ascetic behaviors; hermeneutics of asceticism, which looks at texts and rhetorics and their presuppositions; aesthetics ofasceticism, which documents responses evoked by ascetic impulses and practices, as well as the arts of ascetic practices themselves; and politics of asceticism, which analyzes the power dynamics of asceticism, especially as regards gender, cultural, and ethnic differences. Critical responses to themajor papers ensure the focus upon the themes and unify the discussion. Two general addresses on broad philosophical and historical-interpretive issues suggest the importance of the subject of asceticism for wide-ranging but serious cultural-critical discussions. An Appendix, Ascetica Miscellanea,includes six short papers on provocative topics not related to the four major themes, and a panel discussion on the practices and meanings of asceticism in contemporary religious life and culture. A selected bibliography and an index are also included. The only comprehensive reference work on asceticism with a multicultural, multireligious, and multidisciplinary perspective, Asceticism offers a model not only for an understanding of a most important dimension of religious life, but also for future interdisciplinary study in general.

Pricing and Purchase Info

$80.50

Ships within 1-3 weeks
Ships free on orders over $25

From the Publisher

From meditation and fasting to celibacy and anchoritism, the ascetic impulse has been an enduring and complex phenomenon throughout history. Offering a sweeping view of this elusive and controversial aspect of religious life and culture, Asceticism looks at the ascetic impulse from a uniquevantage point. Cross-cultural, cross-religious...

Vincent L. Wimbush is at Union Theological Seminary. Richard Valantasis is at Iliff School of Theology.

other books by Vincent L. Wimbush

Why Intelligent Design Fails: A Scientific Critique of the New Creationism
Why Intelligent Design Fails: A Scientific Critique of ...

Kobo ebook|Jan 1 2008

$40.39 online$52.43list price(save 22%)
Bible and African Americans: A Brief History
Bible and African Americans: A Brief History

Kobo ebook|Jan 2 2003

$8.49 online$10.99list price(save 22%)
Asceticism and the New Testament
Asceticism and the New Testament

Kobo ebook|Sep 11 2002

$69.49

see all books by Vincent L. Wimbush
Format:PaperbackDimensions:672 pages, 7.01 × 9.09 × 1.42 inPublished:May 15, 2002Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0195151380

ISBN - 13:9780195151381

Look for similar items by category:

Customer Reviews of Asceticism

Reviews

Extra Content

Editorial Reviews

"This monumental collection of essays adds new weight to the evidence for a surprisingly vigorous and growing interest in religious asceticism....Wimbush and Valantasis are to be commended for a remarkable accomplishment, both in staging a conference of such rich diversity and high quality andfor making its results available in a handsomely edited book."--The Catholic Historical Review