(1) INTRODUCTION: The Life and Works of Evagrius Ponticus and John Cassian.
Early monasticism in Egypt: Antony; Evagrius in Nitria and Kellia, models, tripartite soul; Cassian in Gaul.
(2) MODELS of SPIRITUAL PROGRESS in EARLY MONASTICISM
Activity and Receptivity; Apophatic and Kataphatic theology. Conversion The tripartite soul; Exegesis of the scriptures: introd. to Gnost. & Conf 14. psalmody, and spiritual growth.
(3) LECTIO DIVINA
The early Christian tradition of lectio divina . Spiritual exegesis as the fruit of lectio divina.
(4) SPIRITUAL GUIDANCE
Models of spiritual guidance in the early Christian East and West (articles by Ware, Ward, and Merton).
(5) THE SPIRITUAL GUIDE
Evagrius’ Gnostikos. “Spiritual Knowledge” in Cassian’s Conference 14.
The Praktiké: recognition and cure of logismoi and vices; practice of “excellences” (“virtues”)
The Physiké: Christ in creation (“nature”). Psalmody, exegesis, and monologistic prayer. The logoi of providence and judgment.
Theologiké: the Divine Nature; God beyond image and concept. Imageless prayer and the vision of God
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