Dangerous Passions, Deadly Sins

Dangerous Passions, Deadly Sins : Learning from the Psychology of Ancient Monks

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This volume unpacks the psychological insights found in the writings of three early monks--Evagrius Ponticus (fourth century), John Cassian (fifth century), and Gregory the Great (sixth century)--to help us appreciate the relevance of these monastic writers and apply their wisdom to our own spiritual and psychological well-being. The book addresses each of the seven deadly sins, offering practical guidance from the early monastic tradition for overcoming these dangerous passions. As Dennis Okholm introduces key monastic figures, literature, and thought of the early church, he relates early Christian writings to modern studies in psychology. He shows how ancient monks often anticipated the insights of contemporary psychology and sociology, exploring, for example, how their discussions of gluttony compare with current discussions regarding eating disorders. This book will appeal to readers interested in spirituality, early monastic resources, and ancient wisdom for human flourishing, as well as students of spirituality and spiritual formation.
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  • Paperback | 230 pages
  • 137.16 x 213.36 x 17.78mm | 226.8g
  • Baker Publishing Group
  • Brazos Press, Div of Baker Publishing Group
  • Ada, MI, United States
  • English
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 1587433532
  • 9781587433535
  • 686,777

About Dennis Okholm

Dennis Okholm (PhD, Princeton Theological Seminary), a Benedictine oblate, speaks frequently in church and youth group settings and serves as assistant pastor at Holy Trinity Anglican Church in Costa Mesa, California. He is also professor of theology at Azusa Pacific University and adjunct professor at Fuller Theological Seminary. Okholm is the author or editor of many books, including Monk Habits for Everyday People.
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Ancient Wisdom on the Seven Deadly Sins

"Dennis Okholm reminds us of the classic nature of what is at the heart of humans--a tendency to move away from the heart of God--and the fact that some of the best Christian psychologists lived before modern psychology was born."
--Gary W. Moon, Martin Institute and Dallas Willard Center, Westmont College; author of Apprenticeship with Jesus "Dangerous Passions, Deadly Sins gives contemporary psychology and especially Christian counseling their deep history by paralleling the contemporary with the ancients of the faith."
--Phyllis Tickle, author of The Great Emergence, Emergence Christianity, and Greed

"Okholm is a close reader of the ancient sources and puts them into conversation with modern psychology without being reductive. A perceptive study, engagingly written, with a nice pastoral tone."
--Lawrence S. Cunningham, University of Notre Dame "A fresh word on ethics is needed. I recommend Dangerous Passions, Deadly Sins to anyone searching for such a word."
--Todd Hunter, Anglican bishop; author of Our Favorite Sins

"A tour de force of early Christian monastic psychology and theology. This book should certainly be read by every psychologist, theologian, and practitioner of spiritual formation."
--Greg Peters, Torrey Honors Institute, Biola University "Okholm humbly and clearly brings the psychology of ancient Christian monks into conversation with contemporary psychological science and ordinary experience, inviting his readers to a disciplined, grace-reliant life."
--Hugh Feiss, OSB, Monastery of the Ascension "Okholm challenges psychologists to consider that morality has a place in contemporary discourse about mental health and does so in a way that brings hope and inspires us toward virtuous living."
--Mark R. McMinn, George Fox University; author of Sin and Grace in Christian Counseling

"A wise, accessible introduction to the seven deadly sins that brims with insights from the church fathers and enough anecdotes and personal transparency to make it a practical and profitable read."
--Eric L. Johnson, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary; director, Society for Christian Psychology
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