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Mary Fairchild

Monasticism's Role in the Christian Church

By April 16, 2013

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Franciscan Monks
Franciscan monks at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem, Israel.
Some Christians today are quick to say that monastic life is unbiblical. They believe the idea of living in isolation contradicts the Great Commission, the instruction Jesus Christ gave his followers to go into all the world and make disciples.

Yet, if it were not for the work of monks painstakingly copying and translating Bible manuscripts, would God's Word have spread as rapidly or been passed down and preserved throughout the ages?

In the course of history, Christian monasteries have contributed greatly to the development of medicine, health care, farming, education and even architecture. For the next few weeks, Jack Zavada will help us explore the role of monasticism and asceticism in the church:

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