IN THE 1930s, German theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer anticipated the restoration of the church after the coming Second World War through a new monasticism, a way of life of uncompromising adherence to the Sermon on the Mount in imitation of Christ. Since then, the renewal of Christian monasticism has become a great spiritual movement. Imbued with a love for God and neighbour, and with healthy self-love, people visit monasteries to deepen their relationship with God, to pray, and to ?nd peace. Some monastic institutions are suffering a decline in vocations, but many Christians are exploring monastic lifestyles. This book introduces the Community of the Trans?guration in Australia, a new monastic community and an inspiring source of hope for the world at another time of spiritual, social, and ecological crisis. "The Community of the Trans?guration at Breakwater, Victoria, is a hidden and unexpected gem in the contemporary Australian Christian scene. Quietly but purposefully it has grown over the past 25 years into a vibrant, Spirit-?lled community standing in the great tradition of Christian monasticism. What is unexpected but exciting is that this community is ?rmly grounded in and embraced by the Baptist Church while at the same time being thoroughly ecumenical. Paul Dekar's book is a most timely contextualization of and tribute to the community." - The Rt. Rev. Andrew St. John, DD, Rector, the Church of the Trans?guration, New York, and Assisting Bishop in the Episcopal Diocese of New York "Western civilization was cradled by the monastic movements of the Middle Ages, and many of the discoveries of modern science have their roots in monastic gardens and in?rmaries. Paul Dekar gives a glimpse into a Christian movement of our time that promises to provide new energies, from the heart of evangelical Christianity, to enliven the monastic ideal, and provide a unique Christian witness to the world. Intentional Christianity, a more intense form of belief and practice, provides all Christians, and indeed all persons, with a window into the possibilities of the gospel of Jesus Christ, and the prospect of a world remade." - Brother Jeffrey Gros, FSC, Memphis Theological Seminary PAUL R. DEKAR is Niswonger Professor of Evangelism and Missions at Memphis Theological Seminary. He is the author of Creating the Beloved Community: A History of the Fellowship of Reconciliation in the United States (2005) and Holy Boldness: Practices of an Evangelistic Lifestyle (2004). Paul and his wife, Nancy, are North American members of Holy Trans?guration Monastery in Australia.
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