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New Monasticism as Fresh Expression of Church
Ancient Faith, Future Mission
by Graham Cray, Ian Mobsby and Aaron Kennedy
Publisher:Canterbury Press imprint of Hymns Ancient & Modern Ltd
Published:17 December 2010
Getting past the title of this volume of diverse contributions will enable the reader to look at one area of the Christian Family, and what might come under the heading of ‘monasticism.’ ‘There are evidently four kinds of monks.’ So begins St Benedict’s famous definition, and the reader can analyse the new communities and movements in the book in terms of the saint’s categories. Stability and time were the factors that either made monasticism flourish or wither, again according to St Benedict. How much the former is evident in the pages of this book can only be determined by time, and the time-scale for these movements so far, is uncomfortably brief. And so we must be patient.
Reviewer: Ian Gibbs (07/04/11)