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Book: John Cassian and the Creation of Monastic Subjectivity

Chapter: Cassian's Rhetorical Attempts to Separate Monasticism from the Church

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.42863


Verifies that Cassian is explicitly advocating for a clear separation between monasticism and the Church. In this chapter, I appeal to evidence from Cassian’s writings where he envisions an increasing distance between the spheres of monasticism and the Church with monastic authority based largely on proper ascetic practice.

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  • Joshua Daniel Schachterle ( - jschachterle) 'Independent Scholar'