COURSE  DOCUMENTS
  


1 ASCETICISM: THE MEANING OF THE WORD


Timeline, Important Figures in the History of Christian Ascetical Theology
1_Timeline-ascet.doc
This timeline will be used throughout the course.

Asceticism and Mystical Theology (Chapter from the Oxford Handbook of Mystical Theology)
Asceticism - MS-Word
Asceticism - PDF format

Athanasius of Alexandria, The Life of Antony
Life-Ant.doc

Jordan Aumann:
1) Spiritual Theology
2)
Christian Spirituality in the Catholic Tradition

Elizabeth A. Castelli, Mortifying the Body, Curing the Soul: Beyond Ascetic Dualism in The Life of Saint Syncletica
1_Mortifying_the_Body-Syncletica.doc
An article published in the journal, Differences, A Journal of Feminist Cultural Studies. Vol. 4. No. 2, 1992. pp, 134-153 (Duke Univ. Press). Although this text does NOT reflect the approach to asceticism that will characterize this course, it is VERY characteristic of the approach to the study of asceticism common in institutions of higher learning today. Also available online at:  http://www.questia.com/PM.qst?a=o&d=96478723

Adolphe Tanquerey, The Spiritual Life, A Treatise on Ascetical and Mystical Theology

    SELECTIONS:
1_Tanquerey.doc
Although recommended for several decades as a seminary textbook, this classic work should be used with caution, since many of the recommendations it contains reflect an older view of human psychology and spiritual formation that could profitably be updated.  Since this is a fairly large file, the best approach is probably to right-click on the link, then download the file to your computer and open it once it has downloaded.

    WHOLE TEXT (MS-Word)
TANQUEREY


2 THE ART OF ONGOING CONVERSION


Adelbert De Vog on the Dialogue of Benedict and Scholastica,
2_Ben-Schol_Vogue.doc
The best article on this subject available in English.

Ecclesial Repentance and the Demands of Dialogue by Bradford E. Hinze
2_Eccl_ Repent.doc

An article on the implications of social sin and the (Roman Catholic) controversy concerning ecclesial repentance and reform.

Selections from the desert mothers and fathers in the Greek Alphabetical Collection.
Apoph_sel.doc
This selection includes all the sayings attributed to St. Syncletica.

The Sayings of the Desert Fathers - the Latin Systematic Collection
Apoph_Latin_syst.doc
In Latin and English - a large file.


3.  FROM ASCETICISM TO CONTEMPLATION


John Cassian: The Institutes, (English, NPNF transl.)
Cas_Inst.doc
Not completely formatted, but complete text with footnotes.

John Cassian: The Conferences, (English, NPNF transl.)
Cas_Conf.doc
Not completely formatted, but complete text with footnotes.

John Cassian: Missing Texts on Fornication, (English)
Cas_Forn.doc
The Victorian NPNF translators could not bring themselves to include Cassian's discussions of lust in the Conferences and Institutes.  So here they are.


4.-5.  FROM VICE TO VIRTUE


Gregory the Great, Selection from the Moralia on the Vices
4_Mor-Bk_31-Engl-Latin.doc
(and the birds of contemplation!) Not completely formatted - expect errors!

Adelbert De Vog To Love Fasting,
4_Vogue on Fasting.doc
Controversial article, recommending that monastics recover the long-lost discipline of fasting, as it was practiced in antiquity.

Christopher Peterson, Martin E. P. Seligman. Character Strengths and Virtues: A Handbook and Classification (Oxford Univ. Press)
Character Strengths and Virtues (pdf)

C.R. Snyder, Handbook of Positive Psychology (Oxford Univ, Press)
Handbook of Positive Psychology (pdf);    (MS-Word)
(Detailed, comprehensive text intended for professional therapists)

Alan Carr, Positive Psychology, The Science of Happiness and Human Strengths
Positive Psychology
(pdf);    (MS-Word)
(Readable introduction to positive psychology for therapists)

Martin Seligman, Flourish  &  Authetic Happiness 
Flourish (MS-Word);   (PDF);     Authentic Happiness (MS-Word)
(Popular, colloquial introductions to positive psychology)


6.-12.  ADDICTION


1. Treatment Strategies for Substance and Process Addictions, ed. Robert L. Smith, (American Counseling Association, Alexandria VA, 2015); e-book available through SJS Library. PDFMS-Word

 2. The Praeger International Collection on Addictions, ed. Angela Browne-Miller (Praeger Publishers, Westport, CT 2009): vol. 1, Faces of Addiction, Then and Now; vol. 2, Psychobiological Profiles; vol. 3 Characteristics and Treatment Perspectives; vol. 4, Behavioral Addictions from Concept to Compulsion. PDF MS-Word

 3. Treating Addictive Behaviors, Processes of Change, ed. W.R. Miller, N. Heather (Plenum Press, NY, 1986). PDF MS-Word

 4. Thoughts Matter for Practicing the Spiritual Life, by Mary Margaret Funk. (Continuum 2004). PDFMS-Word

 5. Alcoholics Anonymous: The Big Book, 4th Edition, (Alcoholics Anonymous World Services 2002). PDF MS-Word

 6. Alcoholics Anonymous: Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (A.A. World Services 1954)
PDF
MS-Word

 7. Assessment of Addictive Behaviors, ed. D. Donovan, G. Marlatt (Guilford Press, NY, 2005). PDF MS-Word

 8. Introduction to Addictive Behaviors, Denis L. Thoms (Guilford Press, NY, 2006). PDF MS-Word

 9. Relapse Prevention, Maintenance Strategies in the Treatment of Addictive Behaviors, ed. G. Marlatt, D. Donovan, (Guilford Press, NY, 2005).PDF MS-Word

10. The Biology of Desire, Why Addiction is not a Disease, Marc Lewis, (Public Affairs, New York, 2015). PDF MS-Word


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