The Monkhood of All Believers: The Monastic Foundation of Christian Spirituality
:Although the institution of monasticism has existed in the Christian church since the first century, it is often misunderstood. Greg Peters, an expert in monastic studies, reintroduces historic monasticism to the Protestant church, articulating a monastic spirituality for all believers....
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:Although the institution of monasticism has existed in the Christian church since the first century, it is often misunderstood. Greg Peters, an expert in monastic studies, reintroduces historic monasticism to the Protestant church, articulating a monastic spirituality for all believers.
As Peters explains, what we have known as monasticism for the past 1,500 years is actually a modified version of the earliest monastic life, which was not necessarily characterized by poverty, chastity, and obedience but rather by one's single-minded focus on God--a single-mindedness rooted in one's baptismal vows and the priesthood of all believers. Peters argues that all monks are Christians, but all Christians are also monks. To be a monk, one must first and foremost be singled-minded toward God. This book presents a theology of monasticism for the whole church, offering a vision of Christian spirituality that brings together important elements of history and practice. The author connects monasticism to movements in contemporary spiritual formation, helping readers understand how monastic practices can be a resource for exploring a robust spiritual life.
Greg Peters is Assistant Professor of Medieval and Spiritual Theology in the Torrey Honors Institute at Biola University. He is also Visiting Assistant Professor of Church History at Nashotah House Theological Seminary in Wisconsin and is a visiting professor of monastic studies at St. John's School of Theology in Collegeville, Minnesota. He is the author of Peter of Damascus: Byzantine Monk and Spiritual Theologian (2009). A
- :<b>contents<br><br></b>foreword<br>introduction<br><b>part 1: What Is A Monk?<br></b>1. Defining The Monk<br>2. The Monk In History<br>3. Interiorized Monasticism<br><b>part 2: Asceticism: The Monastic Vocation<br></b>4. Defining Asceticism<br>5. The Priesthood Of All Believers<br><b>part 3: The Monkhood Of All Believers<br></b>6. All Monks Are Christians And All Christians Are Monks<br>7. The Vocation Of Monasticism<br>epilogue<br>index