Despondency


by Gabriel Bunge

Despondency
Publication date: 2012-01-31
Number of pages: 156
ISBN: 9780881413946
This ultimately joyful work is one of the few books available in English to deal exclusively with the problem of despondency and how it can be overcome. Bunge analyzes the views of Evagrius Ponticus, the famous "philosopher in the desert," on the dangers of acedia, or "despondency." Acedia belongs to the list of the eight "evil thoughts," which includes not only vices of the body, but also vices of the soul—such as sadness and anger. These vices are opposed to "eight virtues"—including moderation, poverty, joy and patience.

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. A companion volume to Dragon's Wine and Angel's Bread.
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