A History of Religious Educators by Elmer L. Towns

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At the island he established a monastic community which became a center for Christian education and missionary witness for the British Isles. At Iona The monastery at Iona rather quickly gained preeminence over its counterparts. "99 But why did it prosper so significantly? An explanation of its success is related to Columba's strategy for propagating Christianity. The saint was committed to the thesis that Christian education should be linked to evangelism; that is, he hoped to make Iona a model Christian community of culture and humane concern which would make the life styles of neighboring pagan cultures pale into insignificance by comparison.

To acquire these virtues their acts must be performed with a certain intensity. Students, then, should perform as neophyte scientists, metaphysicians, artists, and the like. Some excerpts from a letter that Thomas wrote to a Dominican novice on the conditions of study illustrate his thinking on the appropriate method: Since you have asked me in Christ, dear John, to tell you how you must study to attain a treasury of knowledge, I shall mention the following points of advice. Prefer to arrive at knowledge over small streamlets, and do not plunge immediately into the ocean, since progress must go from the easier to the more difficult .

Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1971. Niebuhr, R. The Nature and Destiny of Man. Vol. 1. London: Nisbet, 1941. O'Connor, J. M. Paul on Preaching. New York: Sheed and Ward, 1964. Stacey, W. D. The Pauline View of Man. London: Macmillan, 1956. Whiteley, D. E. H. The Theology of St. Paul. Philadelphia: Fortress, 1964. 3 Howard Grimes Augustine (354-430) Augustine, the greatest of the early church fathers in the West if not in the entire church, was born in 354 in Tagaste (now Souk-Ahras, Algeria). His father Patricius, was converted only shortly before his death in 372, but Augustine's mother, Monica, was a devout Christian and an important influence on his life.

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