Tag: monasticism

Christian Humanist Profiles 174: The Monkhood of All Believers

What is a monk? The word evokes the image of a man robed and cowled, tonsured in the West, bearded in the East. It recalls the architecture of the monastery, the chanting of the Daily Office, the monastic rules and vows. Defined thus, monasticism is for the disciplined and committed few. In fact, in many…

Christian Humanist Profiles 119: Saint Columban and His Rule

In 590 AD, seven years before Augustine of Canterbury would venture over to Britain, St. Columban crossed the channel the other direction to Gaul. Columban was an Irish monk, a scholar of Bangor Abbey, that great center of monastic learning. With faithful companions, he set out on a mission to spread the Irish monastic way…

Armstrong, Medieval Wisdom for Modern Christians

The Pietist Schoolman Podcast, Episode #26: Medieval Wisdom for Modern Protestants

On the newest episode of The Pietist Schoolman Podcast, Sam and I put the Reformation on hold for a moment to consider the Christianity that lies on the other side of 1517: the faith of the Middle Ages. Featured Book Chris R. Armstrong, Medieval Wisdom for Modern Christians: Finding Authentic Faith in a Forgotten Age with C.S.…

Christian Humanist Profiles 60: The Story of Monasticism

For most American Evangelicals, monasticism is a closed book, little understood, and appreciated even less. Yet throughout most of Christian history, East and West, and even today, monasticism has been a prominent alternative expression of lived Christianity. Monasticism, then, isn’t really a closed book, or even a different book—it’s a chapter that we skip! In…