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Origen could not be a more profoundly influential--if not sometimes enigmatic--figure when considered in conjunction with the controversial and puzzling historical phenomenon that is now called "asceticism," the English term that is the usual (all too flat) translation of the astonishingly multivalent Greek term askesis.
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Wimbush, Vincent L. “Asceticism,” in Westminster Handbook to Origen, ed. John McGuckin (Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox, 2003), 64-67.