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Date of Award
Master of Arts in Theology
School of Theology • Seminary
Columba Stewart, OSB
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.
Fernandez, Agostino C. OSB, "Dimensions of the Monk's Self-Governance: Balancing Evagrius with Ellis" (2002). School of Theology and Seminary Graduate Papers/Theses. 1001.
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