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Athanasius (HarperCollins Spiritual Classics) [Paperback]

By Scott Cairns (Foreward By), Robert C. Gregg (Translator) & Emilie Griffin (Editor)
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Pages   116
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.36" Width: 5.48" Height: 0.35"
Weight:   0.3 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jun 17, 2016
Publisher   Harper Collins Publishers
ISBN  0060754699  
EAN  9780060754693  


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A beautiful portrait of the radical devotion of St. Antony and his call to holy living. "It was truly amazing that being alone in such a desert Antony was niether distracted by the demons who confronted him, nor was he frightened of their ferocity when so many four-legged beasts and reptiles were there. But truly he was one who, as Scripture says, having trusted in the Lord, was like Mount Zion, keeping his mind unshaken and unruffled; so instead the demons fled and the wild beasts, as it is written, made peace with him."--from The Life of Antony Athanasius (c. 295-373) was an Alexandrian whose life was committed at an early age to the Christian community growing there. He became a controversial bishop and one of the most vivid and forceful personalities in political and religious affairs. His famous account, The Life of Antony, inaugurated the genre of the lives of the saints and established the frame of Christian hagiography, quickly attaining the status of a classic and becoming one of the most influential writings in Christian history. It tells the spiritual story of St. Antony, the founder of Christian monasticism. A pioneer in spiritual experience, he marked a new epoch in the Christian experience and set the terms for the Church's ideal of the life of devotion. He transferred the center of monastic life from the periphery of established communities to the barren and isolated setting of a hermitage, away from civilization, in a location of solitude and serenity. The Life of Antony is a beautiful portrait of what a life committed to God demands and promises.

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A beautiful portrait of the radical devotion of St. Antony and his call to holy living.

"It was truly amazing that being alone in such a desert Antony was niether distracted by the demons who confronted him, nor was he frightened of their ferocity when so many four-legged beasts and reptiles were there. But truly he was one who, as Scripture says, having trusted in the Lord, was like Mount Zion, keeping his mind unshaken and unruffled; so instead the demons fled and the wild beasts, as it is written, made peace with him."--from The Life of Antony

Athanasius (c. 295-373) was an Alexandrian whose life was committed at an early age to the Christian community growing there. He became a controversial bishop and one of the most vivid and forceful personalities in political and religious affairs. His famous account, The Life of Antony, inaugurated the genre of the lives of the saints and established the frame of Christian hagiography, quickly attaining the status of a classic and becoming one of the most influential writings in Christian history. It tells the spiritual story of St. Antony, the founder of Christian monasticism. A pioneer in spiritual experience, he marked a new epoch in the Christian experience and set the terms for the Church's ideal of the life of devotion. He transferred the center of monastic life from the periphery of established communities to the barren and isolated setting of a hermitage, away from civilization, in a location of solitude and serenity. The Life of Antony is a beautiful portrait of what a life committed to God demands and promises.

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an inspiring model of radical asceticism in the best sense of the word  Aug 27, 2009
Someone once said that saints are people who exaggerate to a fault what the world neglects. St Antony of the desert is the model par excellence of one who renounces the world in order that the world might be saved. This may be superficially similar to some forms of world-denying monasticism, it in fact is anything but that. He does not escape into the desert in order to be alone with God in the manner of the pseudo-Dionysius' 'flight of the alone to the Alone', nor does he dismiss the human society as simply a web of illusions from which to be freed, here is instead a saint who has at the centre of his ascetical quest the pursuit and practice of love - love for God and fellow men. It is by fleeing the world of the jostling crowds, seductive voices and distorted desires, that he learns to listen clearly to the divine voice and when one has been thoroughly formed by that love that he is able to extend his best self to others in hospitality. This admittedly is not a path for everyone. Antony hears the call when he listens to the sacred text addressed specifically once to another individual (the rich young ruler) and his life has been a beacon to all who find themselves suck into the world and losing their true selves. Not everyone can and should attempt to replicate Antony's life of solitariness and desert asceticism but we can all learn from his life of strict spiritual training which exemplifies the value of silence, solitude, prayer, spiritual resilience, humility, love for God and hospitality towards our fellow men.
 
Praise the Lord for His Saints!  Mar 7, 2009
You'd be hard-pressed to find a better book to read if you are looking for the life of a Saint. St Antony, known popularly as the Father of Monasticism, lived and extraordinary life for God and brought much wisdom and teaching to those who sort him out. St Athanasius's record of his life is a great blessing.

This book also includes a wonderful letter, Letter To Marcellinus, which describes the Psalms and what they contain, and their themes, in an brief but very informative way. Furthermore, Athanasius' belief is that the Psalms not only contain the entirety of Scriptures but also provide the words for us to express our feelings: these are hymns for people in every age and culture.
 
Life of the founder of the Desert Fathers movement  May 12, 2008
I read that this is a classic still used in seminaries so I'm surprised that there are no reviews! Antony was an Egyptian hermit who gave away all his belongings as a teen to go live in search of God. He found many other holy men living on the outskirts of towns and learned from them, fasting and living a life of self-denial. He spent a lot of time fighting demons, which he describes as physical forms that would change shapes and actually beat him and talk to him. His efforts did indeed bring him close to God, and as he grew in wisdom people came to him for healing and advice, even the great leaders of the time. Others came to join him and it began a movement, but really all Antony seemed to want was to be left alone with his God - he didn't seek to influence world leaders or heal anyone but would when pressed to do so by those around him.

It's hard in this day and age to believe what he says about the physical problems he had fighting demons, but the bit about how, as we try to do good it brings on us the temptations to do otherwise, against which we must always remain vigilant, is still relevant today.
 

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