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I'm using a plan that has me reading through 10 of the Church Fathers during Lent this year. Yesterday was St. Athanasius: Life of Anthony: Chaps. 21-30.

I miss the narrative that the previous several days' readings had. Anthony is now teaching those who are around him. Today's reading is Anthony's description of demons and the ways of demons. It was pretty interesting.

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prester_scott
Mar. 16th, 2010 06:05 pm (UTC)
I am speaking somewhat in a rhetorical mode here, of course; and though Steve Brown is helpful to me, I must resist turning him into my guru. ;)

But I agree, hagiographical writing often gives the impression that the saints aren't real people. I guess it is natural to heap praise upon those you admire, and I guess is encouraging to some people, but to my mind it just sets an impossible standard of performance for the rest of us.
drmellow
Mar. 16th, 2010 06:09 pm (UTC)
While I'm not finding this specific writing particularly believable, I still find it interesting. This is my first time through these writings, and I'm really trying to come away from it with a general overview. Perhaps with an eye to deeper study in the future.

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