Monday, January 16, 2006
the 'new monasticism'
In the little Parkdale house they share, two young families sit down to dinner — a scene that would be completely ordinary were it not for the reasons they live together.
There's a comfortable feeling as the parents and children link hands and begin their meal with a prayer. Books on the side table reveal a bit about their interests: Life Together, Dietrich Bonhoeffer's book on living in a community, and The Political Theology of Paul. That's St. Paul.
Though it doesn't look like it, these two married couples — with their babies, donated furniture and Holly the dog — are living what they call the "new monasticism."
Read the whole thing here.
What do you think of this? It sounds a little bit Little Gidding-esque. The emphasis of the "New Monastics" on pacifism annoys me. Not because pacifism itself annoys me, but rather the emphasis does. As though pacifism were an unambiguously essential part of the Christian tradition. This also annoys me about Stanley Hauerwas, as many (especially MM) know.
Posted by gwb at 1:00 PM