COURSE  DOCUMENTS
  

(PART 1 ASCETICISM: THE MEANING OF THE WORD

Timeline, Important Figures in the History of Christian Ascetical Theology
1_Timeline-ascet.doc
This timeline will be used throughout the course.

Athanasius of Alexandria, The Life of Antony
Life-Ant.doc

Elizabeth A. Castelli, Mortifying the Body, Curing the Soul: Beyond Ascetic Dualism in The Life of Saint Syncletica
1_Mortifying_the_Body-Syncletica.doc
An article published in the journal, Differences, A Journal of Feminist Cultural Studies. Vol. 4. No. 2, 1992. pp, 134-153 (Duke Univ. Press). Although this text does NOT reflect the approach to asceticism that will characterize this course, it is VERY characteristic of the approach to the study of asceticism common in institutions of higher learning today. Also available online at:  http://www.questia.com/PM.qst?a=o&d=96478723

Adolphe Tanquerey, The Spiritual Life, A Treatise on Ascetical and Mystical Theology
1_Tanquerey.doc
Although recommended for several decades as a seminary textbook, this classic work should be used with caution, since many of the recommendations it contains reflect a rigid and to some extent naive view of human psychology and spiritual formation.  Since this is a fairly large file, the best approach is probably to right-click on the link, then download the file to your computer and open it once it has downloaded.

Jordan Aumann:
1) Spiritual Theology
2)
Christian Spirituality in the Catholic Tradition

 

 


(PART 2 THE ART OF ONGOING CONVERSION

Text Only (printable) versions of course webpages (formatted for 8 1/2x11 paper):
WEEK_4

Adelbert De Vog on the Dialogue of Benedict and Scholastica,
2_Ben-Schol_Vogue.doc
The best article on this subject available in English.

Ecclesial Repentance and the Demands of Dialogue by Bradford E. Hinze
2_Eccl_ Repent.doc

An article on the implications of social sin and the (Roman Catholic) controversy concerning ecclesial repentance and reform.

Selections from the desert mothers and fathers in the Greek Alphabetical Collection.
Apoph_sel.doc
This selection includes all the sayings attributed to St. Syncletica.

The Sayings of the Desert Fathers - the Latin Systematic Collection
Apoph_Latin_syst.doc
In Latin and English - a large file.


(PART 3 FROM ASCETICISM TO CONTEMPLATION

Text Only (printable) versions of course webpages (formatted for 8 1/2x11 paper):
WEEK_5;   WEEK_6;   WEEK_7

John Cassian: The Institutes, (English, NPNF transl.)
Cas_Inst.doc
Not completely formatted, but complete text with footnotes.

John Cassian: The Conferences, (English, NPNF transl.)
Cas_Conf.doc
Not completely formatted, but complete text with footnotes.

John Cassian: Missing Texts on Fornication, (English)
Cas_Forn.doc
Don't be scandalized: it's not like that wretched DaVinci Code nonsense!  The Victorian NPNF translators could not bring themselves to include Cassian's discussions of lust in the Conferences and Institutes.  So here they are.


(PART  4)  FROM VICE TO VIRTUE

Text Only (printable) versions of course webpages (formatted for 8 1/2x11 paper):
WEEK_8 (NO CASSIAN); WEEK_8 (CASSIAN ONLY)

Gregory the Great, Selection from the Moralia on the Vices
4_Mor-Bk_31-Engl-Latin.doc
(and the birds of contemplation!) Not completely formatted - expect errors!

Adelbert De Vog To Love Fasting,
4_Vogue on Fasting.doc
Controversial article, recommending that monastics recover the long-lost discipline of fasting, as it was practiced in antiquity.


Hidden Template, The Life of Antony
1_Ath-L_Ant.doc
In order for the Greek text to display correctly in this dual-language text is is necessary to have loaded on your computer the SGreek font, available as shareware

 


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