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Ascetic Pneumatology from John Cassian to Gregory the Great$
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Thomas L. Humphries, Jr.

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199685035

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199685035.001.0001

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Cassian’s Catholic Ascetic Pneumatology

Cassian’s Catholic Ascetic Pneumatology

(p.1) 1 Cassian’s Catholic Ascetic Pneumatology
Ascetic Pneumatology from John Cassian to Gregory the Great

Thomas L. Humphries

Oxford University Press

The first chapter opens an argument about Cassian’s pneumatological project by addressing three aspects of his ascetic pneumatology. Cassian’s theology of the Holy Spirit is orthodox according to the Nicene Catholic position in the 5th century. He applies this belief in the full divinity of the Holy Spirit to the ascetic traditions he knew well to argue that the Holy Spirit is the guide for reading scripture and that the Holy Spirit is the former of virtues in monks.

Keywords:   John Cassian, Catholic Trinitarian theology, ascetic pneumatology, Holy Spirit, scripture, virtue, vice, Nestorius, Evagrius, Origen

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