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Evagrius develops a sophisticated psychology which remains beneficial to us today. Indeed, this 4th-century Desert Father writes for Christians everywhere: for those in modern deserts -the city- and for those subject to silent despair.

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Despondency: The Spiritual Teaching of Evagrius Ponticus - Kindle edition by Gabriel Bunge, The Noonday Devil: Acedia, the Unnamed Evil of Our Times. Despondency: The Spiritual Teaching of Evagrius of Pontus [Gabriel Bunge] on available in English to deal exclusively with the problem of despondency-acedia- and how it can be overcome. Bunge analyzes the views of Evagrius Ponticus.

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The book features a compelling range of sparingly to intricately furnished cabins, cottages, second homes, tree houses, transformations, shelters, and cocoons. The look of the included structures from the outside is just as important as the view from inside. For every female who makes herself male will enter the kingdom of Heaven. This shift from the mainstream life to a simple life of solitude was catalyzed by the physical, geographical movement of Saint Antony.

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Revered as the father and founder of desert asceticism, the movement grew as an alternative form of martyrdom creating a community of renunciation in the desert. Women who moved from the home-centered subordinate lifestyle of mainstream society transitioned into a new arena of freedom found in the ascetic lifestyle.

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As such, the Desert Mothers tended towards adopting more masculine-gendered traits to achieve acceptance into desert monasteries and cultivating authority within the ascetic movement. This gendering is seen primarily through three different categories of women: widows, battling with fornication, and androgyny.


By critically examining gender theory its application to other female ascetics in antiquity, the abatement of the Desert Mothers sexuality takes on a greater meaning in how these women are portrayed through their sayings and the stories of their lives… By playing a significant role in the ministry and leadership of ascetic Christianity, the Desert Mothers proved to make male leaders uncomfortable with their public roles.

As a result, these women sought out the solitude of the desert which in turn offered these women a greater sense of physical and spiritual autonomy Swan , When the Church Fathers encountered virtuous women such as the Desert Mothers, it challenged the notion that women were miserable, abject creatures that fell from Eve Mellinger Their quest for ascetic perfection was not bound to villages allowing them to venture into the desert where their female characteristics disappeared and they became men Elm , These women of deep Christian character and action broke the prescribed female nature and strove to exemplify the masculine qualities found in Christ.

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This is seen in the three categories of gendering that occurred — widowhood, androgyny, and the temptation of sexual desires… The extreme renunciation found in desert asceticism is shown clearly through the gender transformation that the Desert Mothers undergo.