Monks vs. Heretics

“The examples of these Eastern and Western monks suggest that the intellectual and theological obedience or self-restraint required to be orthodox is more than superficially analogous to the psychological and moral obedience or self-restraint required to be ascetic. . . . A passionate zeal for orthodoxy has historically become a special cause for those who have consecrated their lives to poverty, chastity and obedience.”

-Pelikan, Credo. 299-300.

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