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Asceticism and Anthropology in Irenaeus and Clement

John Behr


This book examines the ways in which Irenaeus and Clement understood what it means to be human. By exploring their theological perspectives through their writings, the author also offers a theological critique of the prevailing approach to the asceticism of Late Antiquity. For Irenaeus, asceticism is the expression of man living the life of God in all dimensions of the body, that which is most characteristically human and in the image of God. Human existence as a physical being includes sexuality as a permanent part of the framework within which males and females grow towards God. In contrast, ... More

Keywords: Irenaeus, Clement, asceticism, Late Antiquity, human sexuality, human, God

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2000 Print ISBN-13: 9780198270003
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198270003.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John Behr, author
St Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary, New York