Lesson 25: The Ascetic Challenge

The age of imperial Christianity raised profound questions about the place of Christianity in the world. One answer to the newfound assimilation of Christianity and the world was withdrawal, in the form of asceticism. The fourth century was a fertile time for the growth of radical forms of ascetic practice.

 

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Askesis, Athanasius, Antony, hermit, Cenobitic, Pachomius

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