Dangerous Passions, Deadly Sins: Learning from the Psychology of Ancient Monks  -     By: Dennis L. Okholm
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Dangerous Passions, Deadly Sins: Learning from the Psychology of Ancient Monks

Brazos Press / 2014 / Paperback

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Unpacks the profound psychological and theological wisdom of three pivotal early Christian monks: Evagrius Ponticus, John Cassian, and Gregory the Great. Okholm demonstrates how these sages laid out methods and suggestions for overcoming vice that anticipated modern scientific findings---especially concerning addiction.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 224
Vendor: Brazos Press
Publication Date: 2014
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 1587433532
ISBN-13: 9781587433535

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This volume unpacks the psychological insights found in the writings of three early monks--Evagrius Ponticus (fourth century), John Cassian (fifth century), and Gregory the Great (sixth century)--to help us appreciate the relevance of these monastic writers and apply their wisdom to our own spiritual and psychological well-being. The book addresses each of the seven deadly sins, offering practical guidance from the early monastic tradition for overcoming these dangerous passions.

As Dennis Okholm introduces key monastic figures, literature, and thought of the early church, he relates early Christian writings to modern studies in psychology. He shows how ancient monks often anticipated the insights of contemporary psychology and sociology, exploring, for example, how their discussions of gluttony compare with current discussions regarding eating disorders. This book will appeal to readers interested in spirituality, early monastic resources, and ancient wisdom for human flourishing, as well as students of spirituality and spiritual formation.

Author Bio

Dennis Okholm (PhD, Princeton Theological Seminary), a Benedictine oblate, speaks frequently in church and youth group settings and serves as assistant pastor at Holy Trinity Anglican Church in Costa Mesa, California. He is also professor of theology at Azusa Pacific University and adjunct professor at Fuller Theological Seminary. Okholm is the author or editor of many books, including Monk Habits for Everyday People.

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