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The Monkhood of All Believers: The Monastic Foundation of Christian Spirituality

The Monkhood of All Believers: The Monastic Foundation of Christian Spirituality


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Although the institution of monasticism has existed in the Christian church since the first century, it is often misunderstood. Greg Peters, an expert in monastic studies, reintroduces historic monasticism to the Protestant church, articulating a monastic spirituality for all believers.

As Peters explains, what we have known as monasticism for the past 1,500 years is actually a modified version of the earliest monastic life, which was not necessarily characterized by poverty, chastity, and obedience but rather by one's single-minded focus on God—a single-mindedness rooted in one's baptismal vows and the priesthood of all believers. Peters argues that all monks are Christians, but all Christians are also monks. To be a monk, one must first and foremost be singled-minded toward God. This book presents a theology of monasticism for the whole church, offering a vision of Christian spirituality that brings together important elements of history and practice. The author connects monasticism to movements in contemporary spiritual formation, helping readers understand how monastic practices can be a resource for exploring a robust spiritual life.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780801098055
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/06/2018
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 910,185
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Greg Peters (PhD, University of St. Michael's College, Toronto; SMD, Pontificio Ateneo di Sant'Anselmo), an Anglican priest and Benedictine oblate, is associate professor of medieval and spiritual theology in the Torrey Honors Institute at Biola University in La Mirada, California. He is also the Servants of Christ Research Professor of Monastic Studies and Ascetical Theology at Nashotah House Theological Seminary in Wisconsin and visiting professor at Saint John's School of Theology in Minnesota. Peters is the author of several books, including The Story of Monasticism.

Table of Contents


Part 1: What Is a Monk?
1. Defining the Monk
2. The Monk in History
3. Interiorized Monasticism
Part 2: Asceticism: The Monastic Vocation
4. Defining Asceticism
5. The Priesthood of All Believers
Part 3: The Monkhood of All Believers
6. All Monks Are Christians and All Christians Are Monks
7. The Vocation of Monasticism

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