Dr. Demetrios Katos, Dean of Hellenic College and Associate Professor of Religious Studies, has recently published an article in Christian Century, a leading scholarly periodical. The article, entitled "Holy Imitation", appears in the June 28, 2011 edition (vol. 128, no. 13). The article deals with the lives of early Christians , recorded by Palladius in the early fifth century in his Lausiac History, so called because it was written for his patron, Lausus, chamberlain of the imperial court and one of the wealthiest men in the Roman Empire. In the article Dr. Katos makes the case for imitation of early Christians such as were written about by Palladius instead of falling prey to the conformity foisted upon us by the pressures of our modern mass culture. Several of Palladius' subjects are briefly discussed.
To quote Dr. Katos from the article: "The holy men and women of The Lausiac History took their models from scripture: to be a Christian is to pattern yourself after Christ and to be crucified and raised with him. Palladius offers additional patterns and paradigms for Christian imitation. His models sacrificed everything to be with Christ, and yet their vigorous asceticism was not what Palladius found admirable. At the center of their lives was a boundless love for God. We all imitate others. Why not imitate people such as these?"
Dr. Katos' forthcoming book, Palladius of Helenopolis: The Originist Advocate (Oxford University Press) is the first monograph devoted to the life, work and thought of a little known Christian bishop and author (circa 362-420) who is a key source for our knowledge of early Christian asceticism, spirituality and pilgrimage.
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