Asceticism is concerned with the “inner transformation of the human person, in his being progressively conformed to Christ.” Understood in this way, asceticism has a foundational role to play in any Christian response to the practical and anthropological challenges of consumerism.
- Georges Florovsky, "The Ascetic Ideal of the New Testament: Reflections on the Critique of the Theology of the Reformation." The Collected Works of Georges Florovsky. Vols. Vol. X, The Byzantine Ascetic and Spiritual Fathers. Vaduz: Buchervertriebsanstalt, 1987. 17-59.
- Holy Synod of the Moscow Patriarchate. “VI. Labour and its fruits” and “VII. Property” in Basis of the Social Concept of the Russian Orthodox Church. Moscow, 2000.
- Gregory Jensen, The Cure for Consumerism (Orthodox Social Thought Book 2). (The Acton Institute, 2015)
- Alexander Schmemann, For the Life of the World: Sacraments and Orthodoxy. (St. Vladimir’s Seminary Press, 1997)