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The New Asceticism


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Introduction 1. Pleasure Principles: A theology of desire 2. The Woman at the Altar 3. Other Voices Other Worlds: Homosexuality 4. Trinity Prayer and Sexuality 5. Deepening Practices: Ascetial and Mystical Theology

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Sarah Coakley draws both liberal and conservative camps into a new and serious reflection on ascetical theology

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Sarah Coakley is Norris-Hulse Professor of Divinity at the University of Cambridge, UK and was previously Mallinckrodt Professor of Divinity at Harvard Divinity School, USA. She was an assistant curate at Littlemore, Oxford, for seven years after her ordination in 2000 and is currently a minor canon of Ely Cathedral.


This theological excavation argues that a fallen world can be redeemed, if it can find ways, in the light of Christ, to chasten and purify all of its desires before God. * Church of Ireland Gazette *

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