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The Beguine Option: A Persistent Past and a Promising Future of Christian Monasticism

Department of Ministry, Fuller Theological Seminary 62421 Rabbit Trail, Montrose, CO 81403, USA
Religions 2019, 10(9), 491; https://doi.org/10.3390/rel10090491
Received: 1 June 2019 / Revised: 22 July 2019 / Accepted: 3 August 2019 / Published: 21 August 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Exploring the Future of Christian Monasticisms)
Since Herbert Grundmann’s 1935 Religious Movements in the Middle Ages, interest in the Beguines has grown significantly. Yet we have struggled whether to call Beguines “religious” or not. My conviction is that the Beguines are one manifestation of an impulse found throughout Christian history to live a form of life that resembles Christian monasticism without founding institutions of religious life. It is this range of less institutional yet seriously committed forms of life that I am here calling the “Beguine Option.” In my essay, I will sketch this “Beguine Option” in its varied expressions through Christian history. Having presented something of the persistent past of the Beguine Option, I will then present an introduction to forms of life exhibited in many of the expressions of what some have called “new monasticism” today, highlighting the similarities between movements in the past and new monastic movements in the present. Finally, I will suggest that the Christian Church would do well to foster the development of such communities in the future as I believe these forms of life hold much promise for manifesting and advancing the kingdom of God in our midst in a postmodern world. View Full-Text
Keywords: monasticism; Beguine; spiritual formation; intentional community; spirituality; religious life monasticism; Beguine; spiritual formation; intentional community; spirituality; religious life
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Howard, E.B. The Beguine Option: A Persistent Past and a Promising Future of Christian Monasticism. Religions 2019, 10, 491.

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