Ascetic Authority and Ecclesiastical
Authority in Late Antiquity: Confl ict or
Competition? Cover Image

Ascetic Authority and Ecclesiastical Authority in Late Antiquity: Confl ict or Competition?
Ascetic Authority and Ecclesiastical Authority in Late Antiquity: Confl ict or Competition?

Author(s): Daniel Lemeni
Subject(s): Christian Theology and Religion, Theology and Religion
Published by: Editura Universității Aurel Vlaicu
Keywords: Ascetic authority; Ecclesiastical authority; Monks; Bishops; Late Antiquity;

Summary/Abstract: In this paper we examine the dynamic and ambigous relationship between monksand bishops in the late antique monasticism. As is well known, in this period theascetic or charismatic authority of the monk was indisputable. As a source ofspiritual authority distinct from ecclesiastical authority, monks could support orundermine the work of the bishop. Therefore, monasticism became an importantreservoir for the involvement of monks in clerical agenda. This paper is dividedin two sections: in the fi rst section, we will characterize the ascetic authority andecclesiastical authority, and their specifi c way of interaction in Late Antiquity.Therefore, we will try to understand the complex relation between ascetic authority(represented by monks) and ecclesiastical authority (assumed by bishops). In thesecond section, we will try to promote a vision based on cooperation betweenascetic authority and ecclesiastical authority. With this paper, we hope to bring outthe complexity of the theme of spiritual authority and to demonstrate the majorimportance of this theme for late antique monasticism.

  • Issue Year: 81/2019
  • Issue No: 4
  • Page Range: 97-107
  • Page Count: 11
  • Language: English