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Brown, Through the Eye of A Needle, 309, points out that the idea of wealth as inherently evil is not an orthodox (or Orthodox) position but belongs to the Pelagian call for the "radical ascetical renunciation" of wealth and not simply generous almsgiving.
32) Furthermore, like Eckhart, Heidegger marries Gelassenheit's ascetical implications--the need to break from customary ways of thinking--to a positive moment "entirely outside the sphere of willing, where every 'trace' of willing has been eliminated in favor of a simple openness which 'lets Being be'.
She asserts that for Luther and other Protestant reformers, clerical marriage was "iconoclastic" (145, 183) in that it helped to smash not only papal authority and its unrealistic demands, but also false notions of ordained clergy as set apart and sacred, and notions of a works righteousness that would presume to earn merit before God through ascetical renunciation of sexual activity.
During the end of the fourth century, Augustine faced a challenge raised by an ascetical movement in the Church that had Manichean overtones.
pointing out two major functions: "one speculative and related to thought and the other practical and concerned with action (302), but also referring to religion meant to function so as "to stabilize and integrate society" (307) and "to control in a negative or ascetical mode" (310).
After all, in the words of the authors of A Manual of Pastoral Theology (1932), "the cure of souls is an expert's task, demanding a knowledge, not only of psychology, but of the Church's tradition of moral and ascetical theology.
Hopkins, it can be inferred from his remarks to Patmore, feared that the sermon advocated Christian abstention from lawful things not as an ascetical counsel but as a required protection against their sinful use.
The tension between the ascetical life of the people of Berlevaag and the worldly orientation of outsiders to the sect comes to the point of conflict in the figure of Lorens Loewenhielm, the young officer who had fallen in love with Martine on a visit to Berlevaag thirty years earlier.
Muller-Bardoff links the abundance of single women to an ascetical movement traceable to the eschatological fervor attested in 1 Corinthians (1958, 60).
The role of ascetical practice is to concentrate desire, eliminating the concern for self-gratification.
For this misdemeanours Joe is put in jail as a spiritually broken man suffering from guilt, Simon is sent away to heal from his physical wounds and broken bones, while Kerewin decides to raise her tower--which seems to her to be "as cold and ascetical as a tombstone" (Hulme, 1986:272)--to the ground and leave the area.