Ascetic theology


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the science which treats of the practice of the theological and moral virtues, and the counsels of perfection.
- Am. Cyc.
See Ascetic, Natural.

See also: Ascetic, Theology

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This included, naturally, providing for future generations, but the ascetic theology promoted by Paul and by the evangelists made this problematic.
In Seasons of Celebration (1965), a book that contained essays stretching back a decade and a half, Thomas Merton noted that, although the Roman Catholic Church had in the second half of the twentieth century relaxed some of the fasting laws in Lent, the individual Catholic was obliged to practice acts of self-denial and charity in order to "die to himself" and then go on to live in the "Spirit of the Risen Christ." (2) The emphasis upon death in ascetic theology stemmed from the earliest history of Christianity, as Owen Chadwick pointed out, during which, in the midst of the persecution of Christians, believers fully expected to give their lives in imitation of Christ and in the expectation that the world would soon be coming to an end.
The structures formed the axis of Paulinus's ascetic theology of "wealth turned redemptive," as coined by Dennis Trout.