Learn how and when to remove this template message The most prominent feature of his research was a system of categorizing various forms of temptation. This list was intended to serve a diagnostic purpose: to help readers identify the process of temptation, their own strengths and weaknesses, and the remedies available for overcoming temptation. Evagrius wrote: "A man in chains cannot run. Nor can the mind that is enslaved to passion see the place of spiritual prayer. It is dragged along and tossed by these passion-filled thoughts and cannot stand firm and tranquil.
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Learn how and when to remove this template message The most prominent feature of his research was a system of categorizing various forms of temptation. This list was intended to serve a diagnostic purpose: to help readers identify the process of temptation, their own strengths and weaknesses, and the remedies available for overcoming temptation.
Evagrius wrote: "A man in chains cannot run. Nor can the mind that is enslaved to passion see the place of spiritual prayer. It is dragged along and tossed by these passion-filled thoughts and cannot stand firm and tranquil. A controversy over how to conceptualise God that broke out in the Nitrian desert in saw dispute in which one side was influenced by Origenist views.
Since, however, by the sixth century, many of his writings had been translated into Syriac and Armenian - the traditions unaffected by the decisions of the Council - these works survived in these translations and some of these sixth-century Syriac manuscripts survive today.
English translations Evagrius. The Praktikos and Chapters on Prayer. Cistercian Studies Series, vol. Kalamazoo: Cistercian Publications, Anselmo, ] Evagrius. Evagrius Ponticus. Translated by Augustine Casiday. New York: Routledge, Evagrius. Translated by Robert E. Divine Liturgy of the Armenian Church.
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Credits Introduction Evagrius Ponticus b. Circulating in elite ecclesiastical circles of Cappadocia and Asia Minor, he began his career under Basil of Caesarea and Gregory of Nazianzus, serving with the latter in Constantinople through a stormy tenure that culminated in the Second Ecumenical Council Known then as a brilliant heresiologist, Evagrius seemed destined for a successful ecclesiastical career. He chose a different course, and fled to Jerusalem, where he took vows in the monastic communities of Rufinus and Melania. From there he traveled to Egypt and lived in monasteries in Nitria and Kellia. In Egypt he wrote extensively in a variety of genres—letters, proverbs, brief sayings chapters , and treatises—nearly all geared toward explaining and analyzing vice and virtue, demons and angels, psychological and psychosomatic phenomena—in sum, the life of the ascetic. His accounts are set, sometimes explicitly, oftentimes pensively, within a well-developed metaphysical system that responded to both classical philosophy Plato, Aristotle, Stoicism and the theology of some of the most accomplished Christian intellectuals Clement of Alexandria, Origen, Gregory of Nazianzus.
See Article History Evagrius Ponticus, born , Ibora, Pontus—died , Cellia, Nitrian Desert, Egypt , Christian mystic and writer whose development of a theology of contemplative prayer and asceticism laid the groundwork for a tradition of spiritual life in both Eastern and Western churches. Evagrius was a noted preacher and theological consultant in Constantinople when a personal spiritual crisis prompted him to leave for Jerusalem to become a monk. He soon withdrew into the Egyptian desert, where he spent the rest of his life evolving his mystical theology in theory and practice while he supported himself by copying manuscripts. Historical research since has suggested that Evagrius produced the first major philosophical—theological exposition of monastic mysticism by developing the Neoplatonic biblical theology of the 3rd-century Christian teacher Origen. Because of an original, alienating fault, the intellectual world, notably man, can find reconciliation only by an ascetical , self-mortifying process whereby the spirit regains its rule over matter and realizes its capacity to experience the divine simplicity. His spiritual doctrine affected Christianity in the Greek tradition through the 6th-century Neoplatonic philosopher-mystic Pseudo-Dionysius the Areopagite , the 7th-century mystical theologian Maximus the Confessor, and the 14th-century Byzantine monastic centre at Mt.
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Dairan This background alone, along with the summaries of Origen, St. This is a short text to be read and re-read. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Michael rated it it was amazing Jun 23, Feb 02, Robert Keller rated it really liked it. There are events which warrant more food or water, namely in acting hospitably toward others or when the body is too weak to abstain. An ascetic should not desire any type of worldly wealth and deceive himself reasoning that he is saving for charitable purposes, for even in that the devil lays a trap, hoping to burden the person with worldly business. He encourages monks to engage in praktkos observation of their demonic enemies. Brian rated it really liked it Jun 22, The two passionate parts of the soul join the soul to the body and are more directly influenced by the created world.