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Unformatted text preview: 2/25/2009 1 “Abandoning their imperfect customs”: “Abandoning their imperfect customs”: Early Western Monasticism Early Western Monasticism As Christianity developed and the number of converts grew, the faithful began to seek new ways to enrich their spiritual existence. Monasticism emerged from ancient roots to become a hallmark of medieval Xy, and a source of salvation—not just for the people, but for the ancient world’s legacy. Monasteries, for both male and female religious, were more than spiritual centers…they were lifelines of medieval learning, literacy, and cultural preservation We think of monks living in groups, in monasteries, in medieval Europe 2/25/2009 2 But monasticism is a tradition that dates to the ancient East, and Xn monasticism to 3 rd century Egypt. St. Anthony: the father of Western eremitical monasticism Monks took their name from the Greek “monos” (alone) and Latin “monachus” (one who lives alone)—Western monasticism began as eremitic Why Monasticism? New Ideal: Asceticism and Mysticism Scriptural Example New Xn Heroes / Pilgrimage Deprivation. Asceticism. Solitude. But? . . . Church does not approve mental and physical breakdowns too many looky ‐ loos for solitude too individualized—what about fellow man?...
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This note was uploaded on 12/07/2011 for the course EUH 2001 taught by Professor Staff during the Summer '10 term at Santa Fe College.
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