Is Thoughtless Prayer Really Christian? A Biblical/Evangelical Response to Evagrius of Pontus

Volume
Volume 7
Issue
Issue 1, Spring 2014
Title
Is Thoughtless Prayer Really Christian? A Biblical/Evangelical Response to Evagrius of Pontus
Abstract

While many Christians are finding comfort in forms of prayer that emphasize silence, others find concern with just such forms, seeing them as doctrinally unfaithful innovations of early monks. This article, then, investigates one influential early monk, Evagrius of Pontus, regarding thoughtless prayer. The article summarizes Evagrius’ life and monastic practice. It explores Evagrius’ mystical theology in general and particularly his understanding of the roles that (thought-less) prayer plays in the various stages of development in Christian maturity. The article then develops a biblical and evangelical response to Evagrius’ approach, examining themes of the transcendent greatness of God, silence, and prayer in the Scriptures. Based on these investigations, the article offers three practical suggestions concerning the use of thoughtless prayer for Christians today.

Author
Dr. Evan B. Howard
Pages
118 - 139
Price
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