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John Cassian: The Conferences (Ancient Christian Writers Series, No. 57) [Hardcover]

By Boniface Ramsey (Editor) & John Cassian (Author)
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Long awaited by medievalists, monastics, and patrisic scholars, these are the complete conferences of Cassian, a major spiritual writer, a precursor of Benedict, and a bridge between the desert and the West. The conferences are a record of his dialogues and focus on the cultivation of virtue and purity of heart. Annotations include scholarly addenda, notes, textual reference, commentaries, and an index.

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Long awaited by medievalists, monastics and patristic scholars, these are the complete conferences of Cassian. Cassian was a major spiritual writer, a precursor of Benedict, and a bridge between the desert and the West. The conferences are a record of these dialogues and focus on the cultivation of virtue and purity of heart. Annotations include scholarly addenda, notes textual reference, commentaries on the text, and an index.

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Studio: Paulist Press
Pages   886
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.5" Width: 5.8" Height: 2.1"
Weight:   2.7 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Nov 1, 1997
Publisher   Paulist Press
Series  Ancient Christian Writers  
Series Number  57  
ISBN  0809104849  
ISBN13  9780809104840  

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Unconfused Christianity  Jan 9, 2007
The Conferences is the Christianity I always thought should exist but could never find amongst the writings and preachings of Western Christianity. It's a practical approach to the type of self improvement implicit in the sayings of Jesus. It is so much more useful to my own peace of mind and spiritual improvement than anything I've ever heard from a modern Christian pulpit that I can only lament not finding it many years ago.
My favorite book  Sep 12, 2006
Of all my books, this is my most important - the one I keep by my bed just to open up and read. It is filled with post-it tabs.

I agree with all said in other reviews. But for me, it is not the sort of book one reads cover to cover. It is a source for spiritual nourishment, guidance and encouragement on an as needed basis.
Must read for all Christians  Nov 21, 2001
This is the complete text of all 24 of John Cassian's Conferences, some of which are translated for the very first time. This text could be, and indeed was, considered the advanced text on living the Christian life. While the stories of the desert fathers may sound daunting, their thoughts, as transmitted (and certainly adapted) by John Cassian are surprisingly honest, refreshing, and inspirational. These were people who truly sought, and knew God. As Cassian writes in the preface, we can criticize them as being too extreme, but the evidence of their lives testifies on their behalf. Virtually every aspect of life is covered here in some way, as Cassian relates his "conferences" with various monks in the deserts of Egypt. This book is so refreshing and stirring, especially given the "junk food" spirituality that most modern Christian publishers pump out. This way is not simple or quick, but it does point to a fuller life. All those who say they follow Christ should give this a read.


The Ancient Christian Writers Series. . .  Oct 25, 2001
. . .is known for its critical editions of Patristic and Early Medieval writings. Again the series trumps with the addition of this title.

"The Conferences" of John Cassian are perhaps some of the most powerful commentaries on the eremetical, monastic, and spiritual ways of life ever written -- and they are all too often left unappreciated in today's world. This was not always the case. The great saints, monastics and mystics of the medieval period read and respected this work extremely highly.

The "Conferences", set up as though Cassian was in dialogue with the great hermits of his day (and in some cases, perhaps he actually was) deal with the various issues, choices, and crises which beset all Christians -- not merely those to whom the grace of the religious life has been given.

This is a book to be digested slowly, one "conference" at a time and to be meditated upon -- not to be rushed through.

Highly recommended.

Read by St. Thomas Aquinas Every Day!  Feb 18, 2000
A very important book ! If the greatest mind in the history of Western Civilation (i.e. St Thomas Aquinas) read it every day and always had it with him what more needs to be said ?

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