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Accountability in Discernment: Our Life and Death is in Our Neighbour

Massam, Katharine (2011) Accountability in Discernment: Our Life and Death is in Our Neighbour. Conversations: an ejournal of the Centre for Theology and Ministry, 5 (1). pp. 30-43. ISSN 1835-8837

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Abstract

Against a wide-spread assumption that discernment is an individual concern into which the Christian community should not intrude or even enquire too closely, this article explores the monastic understanding of discernment and the role of accountability in ensuring good decisions are made. The Christian tradition has linked ‘discernment’ powerfully to ‘humility’, ‘obedience’, ‘accountability’, and ‘the infinite horizon of God’s Reign’. Weaving these qualities and attitudes together offers checks and balances to the tendency to see discernment as a personal matter for an individual and God. The paper argues that ‘authentic discernment is a spiritual gift and fruit of humility, made possible by a loving community.’

Item Type: Published Articles
Repository Version: Published Version
Keywords: discernment, accountability, John Cassian, Christian spirituality
Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2202 History and Philosophy of Specific Fields > 220299 History and Philosophy of Specific Fields not elsewhere classified
22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220401 Christian Studies (incl. Biblical Studies and Church History)
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9301 Learner and Learning > 930104 Moral and Social Development (incl. Affect)
C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9504 Religion and Ethics > 950406 Religious Traditions (excl. Structures and Rituals)
C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9505 Understanding Past Societies > 950599 Understanding Past Societies not elsewhere classified
Type of Activity: Pure Basic Research
Subjects: C - Church History
D - Ethics / Moral Theology
D - Spirituality and Spiritual Direction
College/Association with University of Divinity: UFT-UCTC: United Faculty of Theology - Uniting Church Theological College
Depositing User: Dr Katharine Massam
Date Deposited: 06 Mar 2012 02:43
Last Modified: 06 Mar 2012 02:43
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/1017

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