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Cassian the Monk (Columba Stewart) Hardcover Book, (Oxford University Press, 1998) 9780195113662
Cassian the Monk (Columba Stewart) Hardcover Book, (Oxford University Press, 1998) 9780195113662
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Title: Cassian the Monk

Author: Stewart, Columba

Publisher: Oxford University Press; Publication Date: 1998

Hardcover; ISBN: 9780195113662

Volumes: 1; Pages: 304

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Sometimes portrayed as simply an advocate of the sophisticated spiritual theology of Evagrius of Ponticus, John Cassian (c. 360-435) was actually a theologian of keen insight, realism, and creativity. His teaching on sexuality is unique in early monastic literature in both its breadth and its depth, and his integration of biblical interpretation with the ways of prayer and teaching on ecstatic prayer are of fundamental importance for the western monastic tradition. Columba Stewart's book is the first major study of Cassian to be published in twenty years. It begins by establishing Cassian's credibility as a teacher on the basis of his own experience as a monk and his familiarity with the fundamental literary sources. Stewart then turns to Cassian's spiritual theology, with particular attention to Cassian's view of the monastic journey in eschatological perspective, his teaching on continence and chastity, the Christological basis of biblical interpretation and prayer, his method of unceasing prayer, and his integration of ecstatic experience with an Evagrian theology of prayer.Table of ContentsNote on Citations xvChapter 1 Cassian the Monk Elusiveness Birthplace and Childhood Monastic Beginnings in Bethlehem Egypt Constantinople and Rome Gaul Legacy A Monk for Others Chapter 2 Cassian the Writer Ways of Reading Cassian's Monastic Writings Language and Style Cassian's Sources Cassian's Pedagogy Cassian the Teacher Chapter 3 Cassian the Theologian Journeying toward Goal and End: Mapping the Monastic Life The Quest for Purity of Heart Contemplation Heavenly Beatitude and the Vision of God Monks for the World Chapter 4 Flesh and Spirit, Continence and Chastity Chastity and Asceticism in Cassian's Works Lust The Body Continence and Chastity Divine Grace and Human Will Nocturnal Emissions Frankness and Freedom Chapter 5 The Bible and Prayer Exemplars of Prayer and Biblical Interpretation Spiritual Knowledge Seeing and Knowing Christ Chapter 6 Unceasing Prayer The Interplay of Bible and Prayer Bible and Prayer in Egypt Cassian's Appropriation of the Tradition Ways of Unceasing Prayer Chapter 7 Experience of Prayer Ecstasy Compunction Teacher of Prayer Afterword Appendix Cassian on Monastic Egypt Notes Bibliography Biblical Citations Cassian's Writings Latin and Greek Words General Index "In addition to chastity, Stewart has good chapters on prayer and the use of the bible in Cassian. Although he cannot cover every aspect of Cassian's massive teaching, these three topics are probably the key ones. And Stewart has mastered them as completely as anyone I have read. This is a tour de force."--Terrence G. Kardong, O. S. B., THe Catholic Historical Review
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