Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Reading "The Struggle for Virtue" -- Introduction Questions

Dear Students and Friends,

Please forgive my delay in posting questions to guide your reading of "The Struggle for Virtue: Asceticism in a Modern Secular Society" by Bishop Averky.

By now you have read the Introduction, so I want to pose the questions below as a way for you to reflect on the important content of this chapter. You can receive one credit for answering these questions. Simply read the Introduction, answer the questions, and send your answers to else10(at)gmail(d0t)com.

On Friday, I will post some thoughts and possible answers for the questions. May your studies be blessed!

Questions on the Introduction

  1. In the book’s introduction, Bishop Averky says that many people see asceticism as a “fanatical monstrosity or self-torture.” Before you read the Introduction, what was your definition of asceticism?
  2. What does the “practice of asceticism” entail?
  3. Why is the ascetic life described as a “fight” or a “struggle”?
  4. However, “good works” are not enough. What does Bishop Averky say counts more?
  5. How are evil habits “like shackles”?
  6. Some Christian denominations have definitions for “the chief end of man.” What does Bishop Averky say this is?
  7. Why is asceticism for everyone?
  8. What is the will of God for man?

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