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Acedia and Its Discontents : Metaphysical Boredom in an Empire of Desire

Author: R J Snell
Publisher: Kettering, OH : Angelico Press, 2015. ©2015
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"While the term acedia may be unfamiliar, the vice, usually translated as sloth, is all too common. Sloth is not mere laziness, however, but a disgust with reality, a loathing of our call to be friends with God, and a spiteful hatred of place and life itself. As described by Josef Pieper, the slothful person does not “want to be as God wants him to be, and that ultimately means he does not wish to be what he really,  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: R J Snell
ISBN: 9781621381266 1621381269 9781621381273 1621381277
OCLC Number: 907935146
Language Note: Text in English.
Description: 134 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: Preface: The empire of desire --
Introduction: A lust to annihilate: The terrible covenant of sloth --
Part I: The weighty gift of responsibility --
From the dirt, for the dirt --
The great economy: three tests of good work --
Part II: The unbearable weightiness of being --
Hating being: sloth, boredom, nihilism --
Bleaching things --
Part III: Lovely resistance --
Sabbath work, sabbath feasting --
Small is beautiful --
Conclusion: A cold response to life.
Responsibility: R.J. Snell.

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"While the term acedia may be unfamiliar, the vice, usually translated as sloth, is all too common. Sloth is not mere laziness, however, but a disgust with reality, a loathing of our call to be friends with God, and a spiteful hatred of place and life itself. As described by Josef Pieper, the slothful person does not “want to be as God wants him to be, and that ultimately means he does not wish to be what he really, fundamentally is.” Sloth is a hellish despair. Our own culture is deeply infected, choosing a destructive freedom rather than the good work for which God created us. Acedia and Its Discontents resists despair, calling us to reconfigure our imaginations and practices in deep love of the life and work given by God. By feasting, keeping sabbath, and working well, we learn to see the world as enchanting, beautiful, and good—just as God sees it."--Publisher information.

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