Five Models of Spiritual Direction in the Early Church by George E. Demacopoulos PDF

By George E. Demacopoulos

In overdue antiquity the emerging variety of ascetics who joined the priesthood confronted a pastoral problem. should still they stick with a conventional, demonstrably administrative, method of pastoral care, emphasizing doctrinal guideline, the care of the negative, and the party of the sacraments? Or may still they bring about to the parish the ascetic versions of religious path, characterised by way of a extra own non secular father/spiritual disciple courting? /// 5 types of religious path within the Early Church explores the struggles of 5 clerics (Athanasius, Gregory Nazianzen, Augustine of Hippo, John Cassian, and Pope Gregory I) to reconcile their ascetic idealism with the truth of pastoral accountability. via a detailed interpreting of Greek and Latin texts, George E. Demacopoulos explores every one pastor's standards for ordination, his supervision of subordinate clergy, and his equipment of non secular path. He argues that the evolution in non secular path that happened in this interval mirrored and expert broader advancements in spiritual practices. /// Demacopoulos describes the way those authors formed the medieval pastoral traditions of the East and the West. all the 5 struggled to stability the stress among his ascetic idealism and the realities of the lay church. each one provided targeted (and from time to time very assorted) recommendations to that stress. the variety between their types of non secular path demonstrates either the complexity of the matter and the variable nature of early Christianity. students and scholars of overdue antiquity, the historical past of Christianity, and old theology will discover a good deal of curiosity in 5 types of religious course within the Early Church. The e-book also will attract people who are actively engaged in Christian ministry.

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