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Tradition and Theology in St John Cassian$
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A. M. C. Casiday

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780199297184

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199297184.001.0001

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Tradition and Theology in St John Cassian

A. M. C. Casiday

Oxford University Press

This introductory chapter begins with a discussion of St John Cassian's profile in historical theology. It argues that Cassian was a creative and synthetic thinker who was perfectly capable of developing the themes that he learnt in one place, in order to deploy them in a subtly different form somewhere else; as such, he was an adept promoter of a monastic tradition of theology. Cassian's advocacy of the ascetic cultivation of Christian understanding, the problem of anachronistic interpretation of Cassian, and allegations for anti-Augustinianism and the consequences for reading Cassian are discussed. An overview of the chapters included in this volume is presented.

Keywords:   historical theology, Christian understanding, anti-Augustinianism

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