Tuesday, July 5, 2011

"being bred at Oxford or Cambridge was not enough to fit and qualify men to be ministers of Christ"

"One day Abba Arsenius consulted an old Egyptian monk about his own thoughts.  Someone noticed this and said to him, 'Abba Arsenius, how is it that you with such a good Latin and Greek education, ask this peasant about your thoughts?'  He replied, 'I have indeed been taught Latin and Greek, but I do not know even the alphabet of this peasant.'"

Collection systématique XV.7 (SC 474, p. 286) = Abba Arsenius 6 (PG 65, col. 89).  The desert Christian:  sayings of the Desert Fathers:  the alphabetical collection, trans. Benedicta Ward (New York, NY:  Macmillan Publishing Co., Inc., 1975), 51.  The heading is from the Journal of George Fox (at 1646; cf. 1647). 

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