The New Asceticism: Sexuality, Gender and the Quest for God

The New Asceticism Sexuality Gender and the Quest for God 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 Christia

  • Title: The New Asceticism: Sexuality, Gender and the Quest for God
  • Author: Sarah Coakley
  • ISBN: 9781441103222
  • Page: 127
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 EarEach 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.

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    1. I have consistently enjoyed reading Coakley's work and was waiting for this book for what felt like years -- granted, it was on my wishlist well over a year, waiting for it to finally be published. The New Asceticism was an extremely enjoyable and illuminating read, though the final chapter left me wishing for more definite conclusions.Throughout the book Coakley addresses two gender-related issues facing the church from her program of ascetic, contemplative prayer. On the one hand, she address [...]

    2. Coakley is much more orthodox than most feminist "Christian" theologians, and this is an interesting foray into the highly contentious world of the church, gender, and sexuality. It is pretty short and she doesn't really show her cards on the issues, often decrying the conflict between liberals and conservatives or "Biblicists" and "libertines". It's worth a read but I can't say that I really understood the coherence of her proposals (for example, she supports celibacy and the "sublimation" of d [...]

    3. Coakley is an excellent scholar and theologian. She makes a strong case for an ancient yet new-to-me theology of marriage

    4. This is a remarkable set of ways enriching, encouraging, provocative against both conservative and liberal, age day, entangling the issues of gender and sexuality with no easy answers. I highly recommend them but it is a hard read.

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