The Way of the Ascetics
The Way of Ascetics Discussion

The Way of the Ascetics: The Making of the Self in Christian Monasticism
The practice of asceticism appeared in ancient Christianity as a movement striving for a deeper spiritual life and connection with the Divine. Men and women withdrew into the wilderness to become fully attuned to God, while engaging more empathetically with their human communities and the natural environment, and serving the poor and socially marginalized. We shall examine how their new model of living challenged the traditional formations of identity and power through cultivating a watchful mind and deepening awareness. We shall also consider its possible relevance for our postmodern world. Readings will include Desert Wisdom anthologies such as “The Philokalia,” and works of American mystic Thomas Merton and novelist Annie Dillard.
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RELI 0231

All Sections in Fall 2023

Fall 2023

RELI0231A-F23 Lecture (Hatjigeorgiou)
RELI0231Y-F23 Discussion (Hatjigeorgiou)
RELI0231Z-F23 Discussion (Hatjigeorgiou)