TORRANCE, A. C.,
Repentance in Late Antiquity. Eastern Asceticism and the Framing of the Christian Life c.400-650 CE.
Oxford University Press, 2012. 256p. Hardback. Series: Oxford Theology and Religion Monographs. In his book, Repentance in Late Antiquity, Alexis Torrance challenges the modern tendency to shy away from the idea of repentance, or to treat it as a mere appendage to the history of penance and confession. Through a careful reading of the great spiritual guides of the eastern churches, he shows how repentance involved a world view that penetrated every aspect of the religious life of laypersons and of monks. He shows how the struggle to achieve an attitude of permanent, penitent humility before God could generate, among humans, courage, good cheer and rare compassion for others. Seldom has one of the basic virtues of a great religious culture been brought back to life with such care, with such warmth and with such understanding. Peter Brown, Princeton University 22/10/2012 (Publisher's information).