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Characteristics of Christian piety : a conversation between the Eastern Desert Fathers' tradition and the Wesleyan Tradition concerning the aim of Christian life

by Tharwat Maher Nagib

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Book Review   (2014-03-08)


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This research consists of four chapters; the first chapter deals with the definition of

Christian piety, and explains the meaning of the phrase “Characteristics of Christian piety

relating to the aim of Christian life”. Also, it gives brief biographies of Macarius and of

Wesley and a brief history of the Macarian homilies. Then, to put the thesis in its context,

these briefs are followed by evidence; to prove that Wesley was in contact with the

thoughts of the early fathers in general. Also, pieces of evidence are offered to prove that

Wesley was interested in the Macarian thoughts. The first chapter ends with a general idea

of the historical and contemporary scholarly efforts concerning the issue of this thesis.

The second chapter deals with the characteristics of Christian piety concerning the

aim of Christian life according to the Macarian tradition. It investigates, through an

analytical reading for the primary Macarian texts, the Macarian structure for the important

spiritual practices which reflect the goal of Christian life from the Macarian perspective.

The third chapter deals with the characteristics of Christian piety concerning the aim

of Christian life according to John Wesley. By using some texts relating to Wesley, the

same analytical process of the Macarian chapter is followed in the Wesleyan chapter.

The fourth chapter demonstrates the similarities and the differences between the two

forms of Christian piety and attempts a conclusion. The conclusion summarizes the results,

demonstrating the role which this kind of researches can play in the general ecumenical

movement. It also suggests the role that this kind of research can play in the contemporary

ecclesiastical relations in Egypt.


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