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Date of Award

2002

Document Type

Graduate Paper

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Theology

Department

School of Theology • Seminary

First Advisor

Columba Stewart, OSB

Abstract

Both Evagrius and Ellis agree that self-governance is essential to personal balance and the pursuit of our objectives in this life. Evagrius approaches this with a vibrant spirituality, while Ellis supplies an insightful psychological content. Essentially, Ellis lends Evagrius a practical element that is very much of our own age and conditioning. They differ, however, in identifying life's purpose. Ellis sees happiness as the end: whereas, Evagrius calls for harmony with God. Yet Ellis does lend insight to faith-based values, seemingly led by Epictetus, by emphasizing the power of discernment and will in a person's self-direction. These allow a person to shape his own course and achievement. In a monastic culture, there is a positive value to understanding the human dynamic according to Evagrius' approach; it is made even richer when enhanced by Ellis' application. Viewed in concert their perspective supply prosperous and provocative union that is, perhaps, cooperative more than it is elemental.

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