According to Purushotam and Singh (2009), monasticism is the religious practice in which one renounces worldly pursuits in order to fully devote one's life to spiritual work. I had the opportunity to spend a week at Gethsemani Abbey, one of the oldest and largest Trappist monasteries in Kentucky, in December of 2009.
Those pursuing a monastic life are usually called monks or brethren if they are male, and nuns or sisters if female. I participated in some of their daily routines and also had the opportunity to meet with Brother Patrick Hart, Thomas Merton's friend and former editor.
When the alarm clock rang the morning after the scheduled rapture, I hit snooze, and said, triumphantly, to my roommate, “We’re still here! But climate activists all too often are the close cousins of politically correct campus race hucksters — they cloak their raw will to power in the self-righteous cloak of the great and glorious cause.
And now the coal industry is reeling in part because of stringent EPA standards.
Though it may apply to any subject-matter, it is commonly used for instruction in the elements of religion, especially preparation for initiation into Christianity.
The monastics from different faiths are often regulated by a specific set of religious rules to help hold themselves to a higher standard.
The article will continue with some of the similarities among the different Christian denominations.
Forget the biblical admonition that no man knows the day nor hour of Christ’s return, these men had figured it out. I was a sophomore at a Christian college in Nashville, and it was the talk of the campus. In January, 2006 — when promoting his Oscar-winning (yes, Oscar-winning) documentary, — Gore declared that unless we took “drastic measures” to reduce greenhouse gasses, the world would reach a “point of no return” in a mere ten years. They’re like a drunk preacher screaming about the evils of demon rum. As ’s Glenn Reynolds often says, we should believe there’s a crisis when the alarmists start acting like there’s a crisis.
No one likes to make fun of crazy Christian preachers more than irreverent Christian college students, and we couldn’t stop dividing the student body between the saved and the damned. He called it a “true planetary emergency.” Well, the ten years passed today, we’re still here, and the climate activists have postponed the apocalypse. RELATED: Obama’s Special Brand of Climate Doomsaying There are indeed scientists laboring away in good faith to understand more about our climate, and I applaud their work.