The New Asceticism: Sexuality, Gender and the Quest for God

The New Asceticism: Sexuality, Gender and the Quest for God

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Each chapter of The New Asceticism concentrates on a contentious issue in contemporary theology - the role of women in the churches, homosexuality and the priesthood, celibacy and the future of Christian asceticism - in an original thesis about the nature of desire which may start to heal many contemporary wounds. Professor Coakley is as familiar with the Bible and the Early Fathers as she is with the writings of Freud and Jung, and she draws heavily on Gregory of Nyssa's theology of desire in what she proposes. She points the way through the false modern alternatives of repression and libertinism, agape and eros, recovering a way in which desire can be freed from associations with promiscuity and disorder, and forging a new ascetical vision founded in the disciplines of prayer and attention.

Title:The New Asceticism: Sexuality, Gender and the Quest for God
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781441103222
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    The New Asceticism: Sexuality, Gender and the Quest for God Reviews

  • Laura Howard

    Coakley shows herself in this book to be an uncompromising peacemaker. Her writing is impressively nuanced, approachable, and integrative. Above all, it is marked by love for God and for others. I wan...

  • Jonathan Platter

    I have consistently enjoyed reading Coakley's work and was waiting for this book for what felt like years -- granted, it was on my Amazon wishlist well over a year, waiting for it to finally be publis...

  • Grant Hartley

    Brilliant....

  • Kenny

    This is really good theological writing. Of great interest to me was the theme that united all of the essays together: the relationship of eros and desire for God and the need for the transformation a...

  • Josh

    I will begin with what I appreciated about this book: Coakley makes the insightful point that contemporary debates about gender and sexuality lack any larger discussion of the meaning and theology of ...

  • Mike Morris

    This is not exactly "the Theology of my Opinions", but a book that looks across history at other theologians for some of the leads for the big answers. Easily, the bibliography here is a list for futu...

  • Zach Waldis

    Coakley is much more orthodox than most feminist "Christian" theologians, and this is an interesting foray into the highly contentious world of the church, gender, and sexuality. It is pretty short an...

  • Caleb

    Coakley has made an interesting inquiry into the debates around sexuality that I think correctly diagnose why so much of the debate has prove unfruitful by the exclusion of the category of asceticism....

  • Tomos

    Reviewed this book for a class and enjoyed the process. However, with it being a collection of essays written by the same author, I feel as if the overarching thesis gets lost at times. I also think s...

  • TT

    Overall a good work on the role of ascetism and how Christianity—especially 'traditional' voices within it—are often divorced from Tradition. The final essay (on the middle ground between libertin...