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 his new book, Greg Peters aims to tell Evangelicals the story of monasticism they never heard, and show how it can be their story too—not only of their shared Christian past, but of their present and future too. In this episode of Christian Humanist Profiles, David Grubbs interviews Dr. Greg Peters, Associate Professor of Medieval and Spiritual Theology in Biola University’s Torrey Honors Institute and author of The Story of Monasticism: Retrieving an Ancient Tradition for Contemporary Spirituality (Baker Academic, 2015).

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