Chapter 12. Monasticism of the early Middle Ages. Questions to be addressed in this chapter. What is the Rule of Benedict? What contribution did monasticism make to Christian thought? What is the significance of Pope Gregory the Great? How did Irish monasticism relate to Roman Christianity?.
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Monasticism of the early Middle Ages
1. The Rule of Benedict became the standard guide for the organization of monasteries throughout the Latin Church in the Middle Ages.
Monks were the keepers and transmitters of the classical works of antiquity, and they fostered a climate of work that encouraged human participation in spiritual development.
3. Pope Gregory the Great contributed to the spread of monasticism and influenced medieval theology with his ascetically influenced doctrines of penance and purgatory.
Celtic Christianity was originally dominated by monasticism and accommodation to its own peculiar cultural expression, but came to accept the pattern of Rome.