The Story of Monasticism
:Some evangelicals perceive monasticism as a relic from the past, a retreat from the world, or a shirking of the call to the Great Commission. At the same time, contemporary evangelical spirituality desires historical Christian manifestations of the faith. In...
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:Some evangelicals perceive monasticism as a relic from the past, a retreat from the world, or a shirking of the call to the Great Commission. At the same time, contemporary evangelical spirituality desires historical Christian manifestations of the faith. In this accessibly written book Greg Peters, an expert in monastic studies who is a Benedictine oblate and spiritual director, offers a historical survey of monasticism from its origins to current manifestations. Peters recovers the riches of the monastic tradition for contemporary spiritual formation and devotional practice, explaining why the monastic impulse is a valid and necessary manifestation of the Christian faith for today's church.
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>introduction: The Monastic Impulse<br><b>part I: Anthony To Benedict<br></b>1. The Origins Of Christian Monasticism<br>2. Of Anchorites And Cenobites<br>3. The Rule<br><b>part Ii: Benedict To Bernard<br></b>4. The Flowering Of Benedictine Monasticism<br>5. Other Voices: Celtic, Frankish, And Eastern Monasticism<br>6. Challenges Of Christendom<br>7. The Road To Reform<br><b>part Iii: Bernard To Luther<br></b>8. The Cistercians, Carthusians, And Other Reforming Orders<br>9. Regular Canons, Hospitallers, And The Military<i> </i>orders<br>10. The Friars<br>11. Decline Or Development? Lay Piety And Religious Life In The Late Medieval Era<br><b>part Iv: Luther To Merton<br></b>12. The Reformers And Counter-reformers<br>13. Protestants And Monasticism After The Reformation<br>14. Continuing Roman Catholic Monastic Practice<br>epilogue: Monasticism Today And Tomorrow