A collection of 35 previously unpublished essays that examine the universal phenomenon of asceticism in a variety of cultures and religious traditions. This volume will serve as an invaluable model for future cross-cultural and interdisciplinary discussion about the ascetic impulse, a key to understanding the religious life.
- Hardback | 671 pages
- 180 x 230 x 44.45mm | 1,525g
- 20 Jul 1995
- Oxford University Press Inc
- New York, United States
- halftones, 1 map, bibliography
"Forty-two beautifully printed essays....A well-nigh inexhaustible source for study and reflection, it belongs in every theological, and especially monastic, library."--Religious Studies Reveiw"An important book...for libraries with holdings in religious studies and the history of religions."--Choice..".a wealth of information, insight, and intellectual provocation that will stimulate the thinking of many scholars, particularly those who study Christianity. It is required reading for any historian who studies asceticism, spirituality, or piety in Christianity--or, for that matter, in any religious tradition."--Church History"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 and for making its results available in a handsomely edited book."--The Catholic Historical Review