Saint Basil As A Reformer Of Monastic Tradition Religion Research Paper

1971 words - 8 pages

SAINT BASIL AS A REFORMER OF MONASTIC LIFE 1
Masha Utkina
HIS/REL 202
Doctor Christensen
27 April 2017
Saint Basil as Reformer of Monastic Life
St. Basil of Caesarea is not only a great theologian but a prominent legislator of ascetic life and a teacher of monasticism that lived in a fourth century, during an uncertain time in church’s history. The fourth century was both a time of development and disruption for the church. Legalization of Christianity gave its followers the status and freedoms that they had not known before. However, the theological disputes, as well as a controversy initiated by the teaching of Arius, came to further complicate the relationship between pagans, ascetical groups, and now legal Christian church. Observing the ascetical conflicts and theological divisions within the church were disturbing for St. Basil. Consequently, he dedicated his life to mediating conflict and helping to build a new, healthy relationship between all the parties involved. In order to portray St. Basil as a unifier and one of the forefathers of the Eastern cenobitic monastic life, it is necessary to look at Saint Basil’s life journey and works that he had written in his lifetime. Analyzing all of the aforementioned aspects will lead to establishing the degree of Saint Basil’s contribution to the formation of cenobitic monasticism we know today.
It is of essential to look at Saint’s Basil’s upbringing and biography overall in order to understand the motives in his later works. St. Basil was born around 330 in Pontus, Asia Minor in an unwaveringly Christian and socially prominent family (Hildebrand, 2007). His grandfather had died a martyr and his grandmother, St. Macrina, was a faithful disciple of St. Gregory Thaumaturgus. Christian traditions of resolute devoutness were integrated into the marriage of Basil and Emmelia, the parents of St. Basil. All in all, the parents of Saint Basil had ten children and gave life to three bishops, a nun, and a monk. As it can be seen, parents of Saint Basil have prided themselves in fostering their children’s religious believes and giving them the education of the highest caliber (Smith, 1879).
Saint Basil had received the basic schooling from his father, a protuberant teacher of rhetoric. After the death of his father, he continued the education in Constantinople and later on in Athens, an intellectual and academic metropolis. While in school, St. Basil met St. Gregory, the future bishop of Nazianzus with whom he built a lifelong friendship (Berardino, Quasten, 1986). After receiving first class education, St. Basil decided to follow in his father’s footsteps and started a short-lived secular career of rhetorician back in his native Caesarea. However, only two years later he renounced his secular career, was baptized and gave himself to God. Saint Basil’s Letter 223 gives us his own rationalization of the decision,
“Much time had I spent in vanity and...

Other Essays On Saint Basil as a reformer of monastic tradition - Religion - Research Paper

Evaluation of self as entrepreneur - K12 9th grade - research paper

494 words - 2 pages Chloe Edwards Evaluation of self as entrepreneur My future career as an entrepreneur for a cis or ncis agent you have to have skills for the job and there are required things you have to do and have to consider before you start your career here are some of many · Must be older than 21 and younger than 37 years of age · Must be a U.S citizen · Must have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited university · Must have 200 vision with or without

Insight on the Islamic Religion - Religion - Research Paper

1235 words - 5 pages ” (51:56). While it is believed that Allah made man more superior to other living creatures He frowns upon cruelty to animals. Islam believers believe that any form of cruelty towards an animal is a sin unless for food, and that they also hold a special place on earth just as humans. “And there is no creature on or within the earth or bird that flies with its wings except that they are communities like you” (6:38). Even though animals lack free

Short Story Literary Essay "The Force of Luck" by Rudolfo A. Anaya - St. Basil, English - Short Story Literary Essay

926 words - 4 pages truthful and as soon as they had greeted each other he told them what had happened to the money" (Anaya 26). Although the miller thought that the two men would say he is a thief for losing the money, it is later determined that both men truly believed his story because of his honesty. His honesty convinced the man who believed in luck to give him another chance. As a result, the man gave the miller another two hundred dollars. Another way the theme of

research paper about erratic power supply in africa (nigeria as a case study) - texas tech university/ grid - research paper

4421 words - 18 pages Agency, 1999), organizations keep on tracking these 17 chemicals. The GLPT program is a conjuction between industry and government to decrease the utilization of 65 dangerous chemicals recognized as altogether affecting the Great Lakes. Page 57 Suggested Citation:"4 The Automotive Industry." National Academy of Engineering and National Research Council. 1999. Mechanical Environmental Performance Metrics: Challenges and Opportunities. Washington

The Evolving Criminal Justice System - Saint Xavier University, Criminal Justice 101 - Research paper

4498 words - 18 pages the privatization of them. Looking at these individual changes, I will discuss what is currently in place, what effect the changes may have in criminal justice, and whether or not these changes benefit society as a whole. The literal definition of criminal justice is, “the system or study of law enforcement, often involving police, lawyers, courts, and corrections, used for all stages of criminal proceedings and punishment”. The overall criminal

Nuclear power plants as regional economic stimulus - Texas A&M, English 101 - Research paper

2804 words - 12 pages Researched Position Paper Our society’s urgent need to curb our reliance on carbon based energy production is reaching a critical point where a solution must be agreed upon or we risk the collapse of our world energy economy. Governments and private industries alike are working frantically to identify that solution in order to capitalize on the imminent and growing demand for carbon free energy. That demand is due to the significant and adverse

Euthanasia and Assisted suicide - High school religion - research paper

1020 words - 5 pages integral development. Society as a whole must respect, defend and promote the dignity of every human person, at every moment and in every condition of that person's life.” When people participate in these acts they are not showing respect for life. These acts go against the beliefs of the Catholic church and therefore put respect for life under direct attack. After completing my research on this topic, my views did in fact shift. Originally I was

accounting as an integrated part of today's world - english - research paper

1489 words - 6 pages Issac 2 Synthia Issac Prof. Regis Peeples English 1+28 November 28, 2018 Accounting as an Integrated Part of Today’s World. The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) defines accounting as: “the art of recording, classifying, and summarizing in a significant manner and in terms of money, transactions and events which are, in part at least of financial character, and interpreting the results thereof” (Accounting Verse

Balthasar reading on the coming of God as perfection - Saint Peter's University/Theology - essay

939 words - 4 pages TH 110 HP1 5 October 2017 The Coming God as Perfection of Humanity Hans Urs von Balthasar was a Swiss theologian. His writings observe the human being from a theological point of view and our search for God. In his writing titled “The Coming God as Perfection of Humanity”, he speaks in detail of the human existence, our desire for freedom, and our demand for the divine. In this particular reading, he mentions many Christian thinkers who

The Report of Mini Venture (Selling Used Textbooks) - Saint Mary’s University - research papers

1318 words - 6 pages with my family in grocery store or shop of fresh juice as a worker. I did not deal with price In terms of pricing the goods and that challenge led me to ask some people that i have worked with to tell what is the best way that i can use to put price and both of us the consumers and i can get the benefit from Purchasing process. After starting in university i noticed the importance of textbooks and at the same time how expensive they are that can

A Bibliography of Roy Fuller's Life - English - Research Paper

1177 words - 5 pages 2 Jessea Baring Mary Ann Gillies ENGL 438 07/02/2019 Paper 1: Roy Fuller Roy Broadbent Fuller was born on February 11th 1912 in Failsworth, Lancashire. He was born into a lower-middle-class family and his father, Leopold Charles, worked as a manager of a rubber-proofing mill. Following his father’s death, Roy’s mother, Nellie Broadbent Fuller, moved him and his brother to Blackpool where he attended high school. He describes his upbringing as

Similar Papers

Prufrock And Other Observations Been Regarded As Marking A Radical Break From Poetic Tradition? English Lit Research

2392 words - 10 pages Why has T. S. Eliot’s Prufrock and Other Observations been regarded as marking a radical break from poetic tradition?  ‘Yet if the only form of tradition, of handing down, consisted in following the ways of the immediate generation before us in a blind or timid adherence to its success, ‘tradition’ should be discouraged’ (Eliot, 1982).  This essay will discuss why Eliot has chosen to make this radical break from poetic tradition in Prufrock and

Portraying Voldemort As A Deity Theology Of Harry Potter Research Paper

1522 words - 7 pages The Dark and Divine In the Anatomy of the Sacred by James C. Livingston, Livingston states that sacred power is the ultimate object of religion, and can be present in nature in any object, person or spiritual being when it is approached in awe, fear or joy or perceived as the source of purity or danger[footnoteRef:1]. A person withholding this sacred power would be religiously seen as a deity or divine being. Throughout the Harry Potter series

A Leader As Mentor In Discipleship Leadership Research Paper

1639 words - 7 pages Running head: THE LEADER AS MENTOR 5 SYNTHSIS PAPER The Leader as Mentor Monica L. Sanders Grand Canyon University-MIN-807 May 9, 2018 Leader as Mentor As we use the life of Christ as a model of discipleship, the word discipleship is a new entity in today's society because it is never mentioned in the Bible by word only by deeds. Jesus commanded others to go out and become disciples. Discipleship, however, is essential as in Matthew 28:19-20

The Will To Power As A Neccesary Negation Of Friendship In Lord Of Teh Rings Christendom College/Inklings Research Paper

3273 words - 14 pages 3 Maria McFadden HIST/ENG 409 Dr. Schwartz November 29, 2017 THE WILL TO POWER NECCESARILY NEGATES FRIENDSHIP AS SHOWN IN THE LORD OF THE RINGS TRILOGY In the well-known trilogy, The Lord of The Rings, John Ronald Ruel Tolkien proposes a philosophical question, which he answers throughout the trilogy in the actions of his characters and their rightful consequences. Here is brought to question the relationship between the will to power and the