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Bibil Identifier bibil:251125
Publication Type Article of book
Title (English, Long) Waging War against Oneself
Title (English, ) A Conceptual Blend at the Heart of Christian Ascetic Practice
Author Antović, Mihailo
Edited book Religion, Language, and the Human Mind
Year (Reference) 2018
Language English
Pages 386-406 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract This article analyses the metaphor of “battle against oneself” in the monastic textbook Unseen Warfare, which provides advice for the spiritual advancement of Orthodox Christians, saying the path of the good life consists in renunciation of worldly desires, thoughts, and actions, depicted as a battle that the monk must wage against himself. In terms of cognitive science, the change of focus of attention (from outside towards inside) may be taken as another indicator of the shift in how humans perceive morality—from external norms towards inner motivation. This can be interpreted as another unrecognized wave of double-scope blending in the early Christian period. Finally, the linguistic analysis and the hypothesis in cognitive science may be grounded in the claim of some Orthodox theologians that finding an ‘antagonist’ is an ontological human need, which is best resolved, and leads to salvation, if one gradually learns to find the object of the struggle not outside, but within oneself.
DOI 10.1093/oso/9780190636647.003.0015
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Bible (as a whole) : Bible (as a whole) -- Hermeneutics - Methods : Hermeneutics : Metaphor
Thesaurus BiBIL : Bible (as a whole) : Bible (as a whole) -- Hermeneutics - Methods : Hermeneutics : Orthodox Interpretation
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