In terms of improving the ethical standards of Christendom

In terms of improving the ethical standards of Christendom...

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In terms of improving the ethical standards of Christendom, people had been sensitive to this  from the outset. The response took the form of monasticism, one of the most self-invigorating  movements in Christendom from the 300s past 1000. Monasticism traditionally begins with St.  Anthony in Egypt around the 260s. A wealthy young heir, he happened upon a Gospel text where  Jesus indicates that to be perfect, one must make all possessions over to charity and live in  poverty. He did so, moving to an abandoned fort on the fringes of the Egyptian desert. He tried to  get himself martyred during the 313 Maximin era persecutions, after which he moved farther into  the desert, in order to avoid admirers attracted by his self-mortification. Emulators in the ensuing  years all concentrated on  individual  salvation. In the same vein, the fifth century's Stylites would 
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  • Fall '08
  • Murphy
  • St. Simeon Stylites, wealthy young heir, cenobitic monasticism, Maximin era persecutions, solitary monasticism, seemingly apocalyptic period

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