This is a follow-up volume to School(s) for Conversion: 12 Marks of a New Monasticism, edited by Wilson-Hartgrove’s Rutba House. Here three leaders in the “new monastic” movement engage with St. Benedict’s tripartite monastic vow of conversion, obedience and stability to ask what the new monasticism has to learn from the old. Eberhard Arnold’s description of intentional Christian community as “martyrdom by fire” resonates with the authors’ experience. So does St. Anselm’s description of stability as the act of setting down “roots of love.” The authors find far more to praise in old monastic sources than to criticize—one might even wish for more points on which to say no.


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