Title

John Cassian’s Schema of Eight Principal Faults and His Debt to Origen and Evagrius

Document Type

Book Chapter

Publication Date

2003

Abstract

The focus of this study is the adoption by Cassian of Evagrius’ schema of “eight generic thoughts” for use in the formation of cenobites in Gaul. Cassian’s use of the schema is only one (though the most important) example of his integration of conceptual models derived from Evagrian monastic theology into his own program of monastic instruction. Cassian’s obvious reliance on Evagrian models should not obscure either his reinterpretation of the Evagrian material or his independent appropriation of the ascetic theology of Origen that had also inspired Evagrius.

Book Description: Ce volume réunit les Actes du premier colloque international consacré à Jean Cassien, organisé à Bucarest par le New Europe College en collaboration avec la Ludwig Boltzmann Gesellschaft (27-28 septembre 2001). Les auteurs des textes sont des patrologues avertis de différents pays de l’Europe et des Etats-Unis.



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