Excerpt from Monasticism; What Is It?: A Forgotten Chapter in the History of Labour
Broadly speaking, there is not another subject of which the average intelligent Englishman is so grossly ignorant than that of Monasticism. Of its method and scope; the various and component parts of its organisation; the classification and variety of its orders, each founded with a different end and object; he knows practically nothing. Ask him what Monasticism is, and he replies: It is Popery, or, at the best, Jesuitism in disguise!
This ignorance is very wide-spread. Even the Press, both secular and religious, is not entirely free from it; the latter frequently bewailing it as a most pernicious system of the most virulent Roman type; the germ, in fact, of that horror of horrors - Romanism!
It is proposed to deal exclusively with Christian Monachism, necessarily within a very limited area, for to give anything like an adequate idea of so vast and important a subject, would require a series instead of one single volume.
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