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The New Testament call “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me” (Mark 8:34 parr.) makes self-denial the mark of Christian discipleship. While ἀρνεῖσϑαι ᾿Ιησοῦν/arneísthaiIēsoún is contrasted with ὁμολογεῖ ἐν ᾿Ιησοῦ/homologeín en Iēsoú (Matt 10:32f.), (ἀπ)αρνεῖσϑαι ἑαυτὸν/(ap)arneísthai heautón (Lat. ab-/denegare sui ipsius) is a central aspect of confessing Jesus Christ (whose faithfulness to us is based on his incapacity to deny himself; cf. 2 Tim 2:13).

In mysticism (e.g. Thomas à Kempis, vol. I…

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Tietz, Christiane, “Self-denial”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 17 May 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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