In which a subsequent email answers my own koan. Maybe.

So the very next email I open gives me a clue to the previous post:

“Ascetic tenacity, even if it is not masochism or
lust for self-destruction, runs the risk of being
an extreme example of the will to power and
possession — Lucifer’s own special temptation.
Ascesis then becomes the most dangerous of idols.
That is why God expects from us, basically, love
and humility.”
– Olivier Clement, “The Roots of Christian Mysticism”

I believe (gently) that this point applies to all religious discipline and all religious belief. If one clings to belief and discipline too tightly, as an object of pride or defensiveness, they all become the most dangerous form of idolatry.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s