Self-Denial or Self-Expression

Today being Ash Wednesday I thought to share this great piece by James K.A. Smith about fasting practices in the West. We have Discussions about our Faith Tuesday evenings at the church and just last night the topic of fasting was brought up. I think the professor was able to sum up our thoughts on the subject perfectly:

“What are you giving up for Lent?”

This question tells us a lot about American Christianity. While the question alludes to historic Christian practices of fasting and self-denial associated with the penitential season of Lent, the syntax of the question also points out a crucial shift: even our self-denial is an act of self-expression. Our submission to discipline is converted to act of will power. Continue


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