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The monkhood of all believers : the monastic foundation of christian spirituality

Author: Greg Peters
Publisher: Grand Rapids, Mich. : Baker Academic, 2018.
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Greg Peters
ISBN: 9781493415564 1493415565
OCLC Number: 1076400336
Notes: Title from resource description page (Recorded Books, viewed November 26, 2018).
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Contents: Intro; Endorsements; Title Page; Copyright Page; Dedication; Contents; Foreword; Acknowledgments; Abbreviations; Introduction; Part 1; 1. Defining the Monk; 2. The Monk in History; 3. Interiorized Monasticism; Part 2; 4. Defining Asceticism; 5. The Priesthood of All Believers; Part 3; 6. All Monks Are Christians and All Christians Are Monks; 7. The Vocation of Monasticism; Epilogue; Bibliography; Index; Back Cover
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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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