The Making of the Self: Ancient and Modern Asceticism by Richard Valantasis

By Richard Valantasis

a number one pupil of ascetical experiences, Richard Valantasis explores various ascetical traditions starting from the Greco-Roman philosophy of Musonius Rufus, the asceticism present in the Nag Hammadi Library and in yes Gnostic texts, the Gospel of Thomas, and different early Christian texts. This assortment gathers old and theoretical essays that increase a idea of asceticism that informs the research of historic texts and opens the best way for postmodern ascetical reviews. Wide-ranging in ancient scope and in constructing idea, those essays handle asceticism for student and scholar alike. the speculation might be of specific curiosity to these drawn to cultural thought and research, whereas the historic essays give you the researcher with quick access to an important corpus of educational writing on asceticism.

"In the context of belligerently hedonistic North American society, a society diminished to waging conflict to aid our way of life, Richard Valantasis's The Making of the Self hasn't ever been extra appropriate. Valantasis proposes that prior and current can most sensible be in comparison, now not via rules, yet via research of practices and what they produce. This ebook asks, What did ancient humans search to accomplish in the course of the ascetic disciplines they practiced? What will we search? might a number of the ascetic repertoire of old humans be of sensible use towards our pursuits? Valantasis describes a concept and perform of asceticism for secular twenty-first-century society. either informative and inspirational, The Making of the Self will be required interpreting for everybody who seeks to make intentional offerings that form the self."
--Margaret R. Miles, Professor Emerita of ancient Theology, Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, and writer of a posh pride: The Secularization of the Breast, 1350-1750

"A tour-de-force in the course of the concept and perform of asceticism in past due antiquity. Valatansis's insightful concentrate on the transformative energy of ascetic functionality allows one to determine asceticism during the ascetic's eyes. His paintings compels us to mirror anew at the nature and position of asceticism in antiquity, and, within the technique, to think about its which means and relevance today."
--James E. Goehring, Professor of faith, collage of Mary Washington and writer of Ascetics, Society, and The Desert

"The Making of the Self: old and glossy Asceticism opens up conventional Christian and Roman resources to a brand new type of shut studying, exhibiting us what distinction it makes to recast asceticism in a theoretically wealthy and provocative approach. In project this activity, Richard Valantasis invitations his readers to reconsider the ancient texture of old Mediterranean asceticism in addition to the continued legacies of asceticism's hardwiring of human society in any time and position the place humans face up to the present order of items and dream of a brand new and higher reality."
--Elizabeth A. Castelli, Professor of faith, Barnard university at Columbia collage and writer of Martyrdom and reminiscence: Early Christian tradition Making

Richard Valantasis is Professor of Ascetical Theology and Director of the Anglican stories application on the Candler college of Theology, Emory college, Atlanta, Georgia. he's the writer of The Gospel of Thomas, Centuries of Holiness: old Spirituality Refracted for a Postmodern Age, and the recent Q: Translation and Commentary.

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