Missionary Monks

An Introduction to the History and Theology of Missionary Monasticism

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Edward L. Smither
  • Eugene, OR: 
    Cascade Books
    , December
     204 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.


Missionaries go into all the world and make disciples of all nations, while monks live cloistered in a monastery and focus their lives on prayer and studying Scripture--correct? Not exactly. When we study the history of Christian mission, especially from around 500 to 1500 CE, the key missionaries that we constantly encounter are monks. In fact, if we don't have monks in this period then we have very little in the way of Christian mission. Our aim in this book is to examine the phenomenon of missionary monks--those who pursued both a monastic and missionary calling. We will meet the monks and monastic orders, narrate their journeys in mission, and evaluate their approaches to and thoughts about mission.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Edward L. Smither is Professor of Intercultural Studies at Columbia International University, the author of Augustine as Mentor: A Model for Preparing Spiritual Leaders and Brazilian Evangelical Missions in the Arab World, and translator of Francois Decret's Early Christianity in North Africa.


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