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Grace as Deepening Communion With God in Cassian's Monastic Writings

Donald Fairbairn

in Grace and Christology in the Early Church

Published in print March 2003 | ISBN: 9780199256143
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191600586 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199256144.003.0005

Series: Oxford Early Christian Studies

Grace as Deepening Communion With God in Cassian's Monastic Writings

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This chapter deals with Cassian's monastic writings and rejects the typical scholarly view that Cassian understands salvation as a ladder leading to union with God and that grace is simply God's help in enabling the monk to ascend this ladder. Instead, the chapter shows that for Cassian, union with God is not an absorption into the divine, but rather it is communion with God. Furthermore, the chapter argues that God has given the Christian this communion at conversion and that the monk seeks to deepen and appreciate it more fully. The chapter concludes by reflecting on the implications of this reading of Cassian.

Keywords: adoption; aid; Cassian; communion; grace; monastic task; union

Chapter.  15193 words. 

Subjects: Early Christianity

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