Ascesis and the Modern World

Matt, Derek, and Alastair discuss the value of ascesis and its changing valence in modernity.

Is asceticism good for the Christian life? Seems like a simple question at first, but there is a lot more there than you may realize. Matt, Derek, and Alastair unpack this deep issue on this episode of Mere Fidelity.  

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Mere Fi conversation on Lent

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“Ash What?” says the Presbyterian
Defining Ascesis
Negative Over Positive
Secular-Spiritual Fasting
Bodily Locus
Distorted Self-Perception
Lenten Dysfunction
Giving Up Goods for the Sake of Betters
We Modern Democratic Individualists

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