29/07/2022 7:30 PM EET
Habitation in the Wilderness and spiritual life constitute a very broad chapter in Orthodox Theology. The ascetic ideal is to be found at the heart of Christian life and thought and has been a fundamental element of it from as early as the time of the New Testament. Perfection, alms-giving, prayer, fasting, purity, poverty, and humility, but most especially love constitute the founding principles of the ascetic ethos.
The evolution of the Christian spiritual life is presented through historical and theological analysis and the experience of Orthodox monasticism from its beginnings until our own day is recorded.
Through its ascetic ideal, the Church reminds its members of their spiritual obligations, utilizing spiritual means such as fasting, prayer, alms-giving, forgiveness, patience, and love. It aims at the experience of the ideal model for a way of life, which all members of the Body of Christ (laity and clergy) are called upon to live.
- Lectures 12
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- Duration 3 hours
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- Language English
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Asceticism and its purpose in Orthodoxy
Characteristics of Orthodox Asceticism
Asceticism, as a way of and attitude to life, is the task of all Christians
Living the ascetic model of life today
Respect for the natural environment
Resistance to the absolute dominance of matter
Resistance to the material spirit of every era
Participation of body and soul
Respect for one’s neighbor, the other
Modern consumerism and Orthodox Asceticism
Love and asceticism are interwoven and mutually fulfilling