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St. James’ Sunday Study Group Lectures
January 12, 2020 @ 11:45 am - 1:00 pm
Monasticism as Radical Christianity
Lecture # 16
Jan. 12, 2020 11:45 am. To 1:00 pm.
The new conditions of Christians within an imperially approved and sponsored religion were not regarded by all as uniformly positive. With legitimacy, benefaction, and privilege came both security and prosperity at the material level. This meant that Christianity was increasingly “conformed to the world,” rather than its critic, and the bearer of culture, rather than countercultural. The response of some Christians was the desire to return to what they perceived as a more radical existence. This radical edge—now in reaction to an established imperial church—emerged in the 4th century in diverse forms of flight from society and asceticism that are gathered under the term “monasticism.”