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Notwithstanding the monastic writings of St John Cassian were enduringly well known, his attractiveness (not least as a theological writer) has been heavily compromised. A. M. C. Casiday starts with an assessment of traditional principles approximately Cassian and, discovering them heavily mistaken, bargains the 1st sustained try at re-reading Cassian's works for his or her theological importance. particular awareness is named to the Christological elements of Cassian's monastic anthropology. all through, reference is made to Cassian's contemporaries - either recognized figures like Augustine of Hippo, Evagrius Ponticus, Vincent of Lérins, and Nestorius, and lesser-known figures comparable to Prosper of Aquitaine, Valerian of Cimiez, and Paul of Tamma - with a view to provide an research of Cassian's writings and their value that's unencumbered by means of anachronism.

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