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By Augustine Casiday

Evagrius Ponticus is seemed by way of many students because the architect of the jap heresy Origenism, as his theology corresponded to the debates that erupted in 399 and episodically thereafter, culminating within the moment Council of Constantinople in 553 advert. besides the fact that a few students now query this traditional interpretation of Evagrius' position within the Origenist controversies. Augustine Casiday units out to reconstruct Evagrius' theology in its personal phrases, releasing interpretation of his paintings from the popularity for heresy that beaten it, and learning his lifestyles, writings and evolving legacy intimately. the 1st a part of this ebook discusses the transmission of Evagrius' writings, and offers a framework of his existence for realizing his writing and theology, when half strikes to a man-made research of significant subject matters that emerge from his writings. This booklet can be a useful addition to scholarship on Christian theology, patristics, heresy and historic philosophy.

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If that attempt seems a contrivance aimed at distorting the account of Evagrius, then it is all the more necessary to have attempted it: although it is beyond dispute that Evagrius’ reputation was profoundly compromised in the two centuries following his life (with results that have lingered like a hangover throughout the intervening ages), every historically responsible study of Evagrius agrees that the evidence for what others thought of him, during and immediately after his lifetime, is modest and what we do have tends overwhelmingly to be favourable.

The World of Early Egyptian Christianity (Washington, DC: The Catholic University of America Press, 2007): 130–9. 47 By that time, Evagrius had achieved the break with his homeland and family that was proving so elusive to Cassian:48 he had no further need for their money or support. 52 To keep himself awake, he was in the habit of walking in the courtyard of his cell. He ate once a day,53 surviving on a pound of bread and a pint of oil every three months. He abstained from meat, of course, but also from lettuce, green vegetables, fruit and grapes – all of which were problematically wet.

14,579; 14,580; 14,581; 14,582; 14,583; 14,728; 18,817. Claire Guillaumont, ‘Fragments grecs inédits d’Évagre le Pontique’, in J. , Texte und Textkritik, TU 133 (Berlin: Akademie-Verlag, 1987): 209–21; Paul Géhin, ‘Nouveaux fragments grecs des lettres d’Évagre’, Revue d’Histoire des Textes 24 (1994): 117–47. 4 We have already noted that, since it seems to describe Evagrius’ association with Gregory of Nazianzus during the latter’s tenure as archbishop of Constantinople, this letter is provisionally dated to c.

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