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Ascetic Pneumatology from John Cassian to Gregory the Great

Thomas L. Humphries, Jr.


This book is about the Holy Spirit, monks, and other Catholic theologians who lived around the Mediterranean in the 5th and 6th centuries. It makes three interconnected arguments. The first argument concerns scholarly readings of antiquity: there are developments in 5th and 6th century Latin pneumatology which we have overlooked. Theologians like John Cassian and Gregory the Great were engaged in a significant discussion of how the Holy Spirit works within Christian ascetics to reform their inner lives. Other theologians, like Leo the Great, participate to a lesser extent in a similar project. ... More

Keywords: asceticism, pneumatology, ascetic pneumatology, Holy Spirit, John Cassian, Gregory the Great, Augustine, early reception of Augustine, contemplation, interpretation of Scripture

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199685035
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199685035.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Thomas L. Humphries, Jr., author
Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Theology, and Religion, Saint Leo University (Florida, USA)