We had our last Monastic Mondays post last week. I don’t know about you, but I haven’t seen Abba Monday since. I keep meaning to get around to his mountain, but that would mean walking uphill and then just sitting around while he gave me that look and you know how it goes. So I … More The Legend of Abba Monday
How can deconstruction relate to the Desert Fathers? Jacques Derrida’s method of deconstruction is in some ways a critique of religious thought. It exposes assumptions that we rely on in Western culture, such as an overlying concept of intelligibility and reason, that we call the logos, that transcends and anchors all meaning. Early monasticism is … More Deconstructing the Desert
There was a certain brother who came to Scete to see Abba Arsenius, entered the church and entreated the clergy to take him to see him. The clergy said to him, “Refresh yourself a little and you will see him.” The brother said to them, “I will eat nothing until I meet and see him.” … More What Can the Desert Tell Us About the Researcher/Educator Debate?