Christian Monasticism and Sustainable Communal Life: Lessons from the Rule of Benedict

By James Ponzetti, Jr..

Published by The International Journal of Community Diversity

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Monastic life—given its tenacity—provides a valuable model for continuity in communal societies. Although much has been written about both communes and monasteries, no one has considered how these movements are connected and mutually influential. The purpose of this paper is to provide an understanding of the nature of monastic life, as prescribed in the “Rule of Benedict,” and the underlying paradigm which has led to its sustainability. Monastic vows provide salient guidelines for enduring collective lifestyles.

Keywords: Monasticism, Rule of Benedict, Communities, Communes, Sustainability

The International Journal of Community Diversity, Volume 14, Issue 1, January 2015, pp.1-12. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: June 25, 2014 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 166.518KB)).

Dr. James Ponzetti, Jr.

Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, The University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada