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Early Irish Monasticism: An Understanding of its Cultural Roots.

Early Irish Monasticism; An Understanding of its Cultural Roots. By Catherine Thom. London: T&T Clark, 2006. ISBN-13: 978-0567032751. 256 pages. Paper. $44.95.

Catherine Thom, a Sister of Sc. Joseph, residing in Australia, has written an extensive study of Irish Monasticism as it existed from the sixth to the eighth century. She references primarily St. Columba, founder of Iona, and the peripatetic Columban who carried Irish Christianity beyond Ireland. Her interest lies primarily in the ascetic and penitential writings of these and other Irish monks. She writes a sympathetic picture of Irish monasticism, in contrast to some who have considered it too severe. Her argument depends in part on the supposition that Irish Christianity developed from the poetic and imaginative Celts, and in part that Irish monasticism was coenobitic rather than eremitic.

Graydon F. Snyder Chicago, Illinois
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Author:Snyder, Graydon E.
Publication:Currents in Theology and Mission
Article Type:Book review
Date:Jun 1, 2011
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