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Exploring the Rule of Benedict §4: Contemporary Protestant Approriations of the Benedictine Tradition

In the last number of years, there are a variety of different protestant communities and churches that have come together in ways that resemble and glean from the Benedictine way. This movement has come to be known as the “New Monasticism”. Throughout the United States and the United Kingdom a variety of different monastic-style communities […]

Exploring the Rule of Benedict §3: Distinctives and Contributions of the Benedictine Tradition

While the spirituality of the Rule of Benedict is multifaceted, there are two basic principles of Benedictine spirituality that have been identified by the followers of Saint Benedict. The first is that the divine presence is everywhere. This is emphasized throughout the Rule of Benedict, both in that God sees all things, and that because […]

Exploring the Rule of Benedict §2: Biblical Sources and Trajectories of the Rule

The Rule of Benedict is saturated throughout with biblical quotations and allusions. Like many of the theological and spiritual writings of the premodern era (and distinctly unlike many of those in the modern era), Benedict does not so much cite proof texts of Scripture in support of his assertions as he simply speaks through scripture. […]

Exploring the Rule of Benedict §1: Historical Backgrounds of the Rule

While the Rule of Benedict itself does not name its author, all historical sources identify the author as Benedict of Nursia (ca. 480–543). The main sources we have about the life of Benedict are the Dialogues of Gregory the Great, the first monk to become pope, and a great admirer of Benedict. The Rule has […]

Exploring the Rule of Benedict: Introduction

The following series of posts is based on my exploration of the Rule of Saint Benedict.  Being part of a church which falls under the rubric of the “New Monasticism“, naturally an exploration of the key literature of the monastic movements is important to me.  Regardless of ecclesial location, however I think all Christians have much to […]

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