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Tradition and Theology in St John Cassian$
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A. M. C. Casiday

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780199297184

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199297184.001.0001

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Prayer according to Cassian

Prayer according to Cassian

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Tradition and Theology in St John Cassian

A. M. C. Casiday

Oxford University Press

This chapter explores the ways in which Cassian related the monastic experience of prayer to his theological project as a whole. Occasional comparisons are made to others who propagated the tradition evident in Cassian's teaching, not least Evagrius Ponticus. But what calls for sustained attention in Cassian's description of prayer is not the similarities it may have to earlier authors; but rather, Cassian's emphasis on the Christological and Pneumatological dimensions of Christian prayer. For Cassian conceives of prayer as an encounter with God and, in this context, he conceives of God in explicitly Trinitarian terms.

Keywords:   monastic experience, private function, communal function, theological meaning, Holy Spirit, Christ

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