The Problems of Anger and Judgement


in The Desert Fathers on Monastic Community

Published in print April 1993 | ISBN: 9780198263456
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191682551 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Early Christian Studies

The Problems of Anger and Judgement

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This chapter deals with problems and obstacles to the proper conduct of relationships which issues such as anger and judgement create. There are sayings in which relationships are rejected or in which pessimistic comments are made about the deleterious effects of a monk's relationship with God. Arsenius and Theodore of Pherme are two monks who feature in the Apopthegmata as subjects who were unwilling to engage in relationships. The discussion explores a group of related problems such as slander, anger, judgement, and praise which are dealt with, with consistent and severe attitudes of rejection.

Keywords: Arsenius; Theodore of Pherme; anger; judgement; conflict; slander; sin; praise; rejection

Chapter.  15843 words. 

Subjects: Early Christianity

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