The Desert Fathers: Anthony and the Beginnings of Monasticism

The Desert Fathers: Anthony and the Beginnings of Monasticism

by Peter Gorg
     
 

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In the late third century, more and more people withdrew to the radical seclusion of the desert so as to live entirely for God under the direction of a spiritual father. Among these Desert Fathers one figure is especially preeminent: Saint Anthony the Hermit.

This book takes the reader back to the hour when monasticism was born and describes the life of those

Overview

In the late third century, more and more people withdrew to the radical seclusion of the desert so as to live entirely for God under the direction of a spiritual father. Among these Desert Fathers one figure is especially preeminent: Saint Anthony the Hermit.

This book takes the reader back to the hour when monasticism was born and describes the life of those revolutionary Christians who sought God in the Egyptian desert. The focus of the book is the life and work of Saint Anthony, whose experiences of the spiritual life have a timeless beauty and validity, even for those not called to live as a monk.

The second half of the book presents other Desert Fathers, such as Paul of Thebes, Pachomius, and Simeon Stylites, as well as the great founders of the monastic communities in Western Europe who were inspired by them: John Cassian, Columban, and Benedict, for example.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781586174453
Publisher:
Ignatius Press
Publication date:
09/28/2011
Pages:
131
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.60(d)

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Meet the Author

Peter H. Gorg studied philosophy and theology in the German universities of Vallendar, Fulda and Augsburg, where he received his doctorate in dogmatic theology in 2007. Dr. Gorg is an assistant professor of systematic theology at the University of Koblenz. He has written numerous articles and reviews for theological journals.

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