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The Desert Fathers on Monastic Community$
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Graham Gould

Print publication date: 1993

Print ISBN-13: 9780198263456

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198263456.001.0001

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The Problems of Anger and Judgement

The Problems of Anger and Judgement

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(p.107) 4 The Problems of Anger and Judgement
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The Desert Fathers on Monastic Community
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GRAHAM GOULD

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198263456.003.0004

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

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