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Athanasius and the politics of asceticism

Author: David Brakke
Publisher: Oxford : Clarendon Press ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1995.
Series: Oxford early Christian studies.
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It is often assumed that early Christian asceticism drew its devotees completely away from worldly interests into the etherial realms of spirituality. This book, which focuses on the life and thought of Athanasius, Bishop of Alexandria (AD 328-73) - one of the key figures of the church in his time - shows on the contrary just how deeply political ascetic theology could be. Dr Brakke examines how Athanasius joined  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Named Person: Athanasius, Saint Patriarch of Alexandria; Athanasius, Saint Patriarch of Alexandria; Athanase, saint patriarche d'Alexandrie; Athanasius, Saint Patriarch of Alexandria; Athanase, saint)
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David Brakke
ISBN: 0198268165 9780198268161
OCLC Number: 31011840
Notes: Revision of the author's thesis (doctoral)--Yale University, 1992, originally presented under the title: St. Athanasius and ascetic Christians in Egypt.
Description: xviii, 356 pages ; 23 cm.
Series Title: Oxford early Christian studies.
Responsibility: David Brakke.
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It is often assumed that early Christian asceticism drew its devotees completely away from worldly interests into the etherial realms of spirituality. This book, which focuses on the life and thought of Athanasius, Bishop of Alexandria (AD 328-73) - one of the key figures of the church in his time - shows on the contrary just how deeply political ascetic theology could be. Dr Brakke examines how Athanasius joined with other fourth century bishops in determining to create a unified and dominant church of Egypt in the Roman Empire, and organized both the monks of the desert and female ascetics based in the cities into auxiliaries of the emerging local parishes. He integrated ascetic values into a comprehensive vision of the church as a heavenly commonwealth, made up of people practising diverse versions of a single discipline. This new and illuminating study of the turmoils and vicissitudes of fourth century Christianity also includes an invaluable appendix with the first English translations of many of Athanasius' ascetic and pastoral writings.

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