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Byzantine Christianity 2-1-08

Byzantine Christianity 2-1-08 - Friday February 1 2008 What...

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Friday, February 1, 2008 What is the difference between asceticism and monasticism? EVERY Christian is expected to have certain periods of asceticism Asceticism defined Christians for a long time, but over time, it has virtually disappeared among them Monks are basically full-time ascetics, who practice Earliest Evidence Matthew 19 r eunuchs there are eunuchs who are that way by birth there are those who are made eunuchs by others there are those who make themselves eunuchs for the Kingdom of Heaven – which could either be interpreted as 1. They cut off their own testicles or 2. they practice celibacy/chastity r rich young ruler 1 Corinthians 7 r marriage vs. celibacy Paul prefers couples to be celibate, but that is not a requirement marriage is acceptable, celibacy is better r a concession to weakness Why? Athenagoras writes a letter to pagans saying that after Christians marry and have children, Crisis of Constantine’s Conversion Christian Mediocrity r You were a Christian because you really thought that Christ was God, not because of anything else r radicalness of Monasticism is a response r
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