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Bibil Identifier bibil:144966
Publication Type Article of book
Title (English, Long) Almsgiving for the Pure of Heart: Continuity and Change in Early Christian Teaching
Author Finn, Richard
Edited book Severan Culture
Year (Reference) 2007
Language English
Pages 419-429 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract Richard Finn takes up the idea of Christian charity and the relation ofit to purity of heart as may be traced in Origen, the Epistle of James, and the influential early second-century Shepherd of Hermas. The Epistle has it in for the rich; put in the context of Jewish charitable giving, its message seems less of a rant. James’ attack on the ‘double-minded’ was eagerly taken up by the author of the Shepherd, who uses it to attack those whose minds are not wholly on the right sort of Christianity. Finn offers a detailed analysis ofthe Shepherd, which eschews almsgiving as a redemptive force (whereas texts like the Didache held that it could be). Furthermore, the Shepherd is keen to develop the Epistle’s objections to double-mindedness into a virtue of ‘simplicity’ which is specifically a virtue of sexual renunciation. Even the castrate Origen found this a bit much. He pares back double-mindedness to God versus Mammon, and moral purity follows closely on charity and on the good works which characterise the true Christian — and win converts into the bargain. (S. Swain, Introduction, p. 19)
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Unbound Keywords : Alms-giving
Thesaurus BiBIL : Books of the New Testament : Catholic Epistles : James
Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Christianity : Ancient Christian Literature : Apostolic Fathers : Shepherd of Hermas
Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Christianity : Ancient Christian Literature : Texts and Authors (Church Fathers) : Texts and Authors : Origen
Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Christianity : Themes : Asceticism
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