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The Historical Atlas of Eastern and Western Christian Monasticism


Published by Liturgical Press August 2003, 2003
ISBN 10: 0814627781 / ISBN 13: 9780814627785
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Title: The Historical Atlas of Eastern and Western ...

Publisher: Liturgical Press August 2003

Publication Date: 2003

Binding: Hardcover

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Of the making of reference tomes there is no end, but we will claim that this book is a first, and that it stands alone. Originally published in Italian a few years ago, it combines the best of continental scholarship with the finest modern book design to yield a comprehensive history and geography of Christian monasticism, the most powerful single shaper of Christian civilization. The volume begins with brief chapters on pre-Christian monasticism in other religious traditions and precursors to monasticism within Christianity. Succeeding chapters focus on specific monastic movements and cultures: the Desert Fathers in Egypt, Augustinian and Benedictine and Celtic monasticism, and the monastic movement's history in western Europe, Asia Minor, Syria, Palestine, and among the Slavs. And that is just the first millennium of our era. The last two sections are devoted to the second millennium in the East (Athos, Bulgaria, Serbia, Romania, Armenia, Georgia, and more) and in the West (Africa, Latin America, North America, and the development of various monastic orders). Interspersed are topical chapters on issues that to many might seem arcane, but are actually pivotal: iconoclasm, the startsy of nineteenth-century Russia, the Philokalia, Anglican and Protestant monastic movements. The text, rich in its own right, is accompanied by fifty-nine maps and innumerable full-page and two-page photographs and reproductions of artistic artifacts. We could try to offer a resolution to the surface paradox that a book devoted to a vast ascetical movement fairly explodes with color. But we are more inclined just to say: feed on it, learn from it, luxuriate in it. Bookseller Inventory # 92078

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Synopsis: From common origins, both African and Middle Eastern, Christian monasticism travels along two parallel streams, branched and informed by mutual influences: the Eastern and the Western. In The Historical Atlas of Eastern and Western Christian Monasticism historians have collaborated to examine the history of Christianity and provide a work of reference where East and West meet and are mutually enriched.

The Atlas brings together many voices speaking from different influences. Russians, Serbians, Bulgarians, Greeks, Latins, Anglo-Saxons, Americans, Germans, and others, serve at the same time as co-authors and readers of a diverse reality that is a common property of Christianity.

The Historical Atlas of Eastern and Western Christian Monasticism bears witness to the twofold Christian paradox: on the one hand, "being in the world without being worldly," while the very monastics who have most fully embodied that statement also show us the other side of the paradox, namely, that monasticism has changed the world and even its natural and cultural landscape. Without centuries of monasticism the world would be a different place.

Through its engaging text and use of 59 full-color illustrated maps to detail specific locations of important places and events, the Atlas points out some of the religious goals and thoughts most pursued and most clearly present in the great representatives of the surprising and moving history of monasticism.

Chapters are "Universality of the Monastic Phenomenon," "The Origins of Christian Monasticism," "Early Christian Monasticism," "The Western Monastic Tradition," "Development of Monasticism in the East," "Development of Monasticism in the West," "A Millennium of Christian Monasticism in the East," and "A Millennium of Christian Monasticism in the West."

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