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Christian Asceticism

Just an interesting note I came upon while using wikipedia as my primary source for studying for my islam final:

“Catholic versus Protestant asceticism

Medieval (Catholic) asceticism had implied a contemplative possession of the holy; Reformation asceticism represented devout action. The Catholic saw himself as a divine vessel; an “asceticism of duty.” In its own way, worldly asceticism imposed upon the Protestant layman a discipline every bit as severe as that of the Catholic monk. Jean-Jacques Rousseau observed that Calvinists lived “like monks within the world.”

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