Book Review: The Rule Of St. Benedict In English

Edge Induced Cohesion

The Rule Of St. Benedict In English, edited by Timothy Fry

As a reader, I must admit that aside from my passionate interest in the Brother Cadfael series of history novels [1], and the fact that I live a rather monk-like existence in general, the rules of monasteries have not generally been of profound personal interest.  This is not least because I come from a religious tradition where there are no such practices and where acesticism and celibacy in general are highly frowned upon at best.  That said, as someone who reads a great deal outside of my own particular religious traditions, it came time for me to read this book as part of a challenge [2], and I have to say that I found this book to be an interesting one.  That is not to say that I found a great deal of agreement with the asceticism of the…

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My name is James Pate. This blog is about my journey. I read books. I watch movies and TV shows. I go to church. I try to find meaning. And, when I can’t do that, I just talk about stuff that I find interesting. I have degrees in fields of religious studies. I have an M.Phil. in the History of Biblical Interpretation from Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio. I also have an M.A. in Hebrew Bible from Jewish Theological Seminary, an M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School, and a B.A. from DePauw University.
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