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Evagrius of Pontus: Talking Back: A Monastic Handbook for Combating Demons
by David Brakke
How did the monks of the Egyptian desert fight against the demons that attacked them with tempting thoughts? How could Christians resist the thoughts of gluttony, fornication, or pride that assailed them and obstructed their contemplation of God? According to Evagrius of Pontus (345-399), one of the greatest spiritual directors of ancient monasticism, the monk should "talk ...more
ebook, 200 pages
Published August 1st 2009 by Cistercian Publications
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Here Evagrius provides scripture passages to utter in response to the demons of anger, sloth, etc. This provides a great window into the lives of the Desert Fathers. It's a candid presentation of the temptations they faced, as well as their response (modeled on Jesus's own response to temptation). It was a much more important book than its obscurity suggests; although written in Greek, no Greek or Latin copies survive. Now it has finally been translated into English from Syriac and Armenian ...more