Category Archives: 7th Century

The Gospel Versus the Anglo-Saxons

[This was one of the earliest posts I ever made on this blog, three years ago, back when I was still on blogspot.com. Somehow or another it "fell off" and I only just today realized it was gone. So here … Continue reading

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Monoenergism and Monothelitism (II): Course and End of the Controversy

As the Monothelite controversy intensified, a new religious factor entered the world: Islam. Born in the year of the Lord’s incarnation 622, by 647 it had conquered much of the Byzantine Empire. The East shrank in on itself, becoming a … Continue reading

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Gregory the Great (II): Active Or Contemplative

The basic distinction between “active” and “contemplative” (or, “practical” and “theoretical”) lives had been explored for centuries prior to Gregory. According to Markus [Gregory the Great and His World (Cambridge University Press, 1997)] it had roots not just in Jewish … Continue reading

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Gregory the Great (I): Man of Two Worlds

R.A. Markus argues that Gregory the Great (540-604) can only be properly understood if we see him as “belonging to two worlds at once…the world of Ambrose, Augustine, John Cassian, and their contemporaries, and the world of his medieval successors” … Continue reading

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