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Concerning Virgins

Concerning Virgins by Saint Ambrose
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"Concerning Virgins" by Saint Ambrose is a thought-provoking and insightful read on the virtue of virginity. Saint Ambrose presents a compelling argument for the spiritual benefits of choosing a life of celibacy and purity. Through a combination of biblical teachings and philosophical reflections, the author challenges readers to reconsider their views on sexual ethics and the importance of maintaining moral integrity in a society that often promotes excess and indulgence.

The book provides a fascinating glimpse into the early Christian attitudes towards sexuality and the role of celibacy in one's spiritual journey. Saint Ambrose's persuasive arguments are supported by biblical references and theological reasoning that make a strong case for the value of virginity as a path to deeper communion with God.

Overall, "Concerning Virgins" offers valuable insights and reflections on the significance of chastity and the pursuit of holiness in a world that often prioritizes worldly pleasures over spiritual growth. This book is a must-read for anyone interested in exploring the intersection of faith, ethics, and sexuality.

Book Description:

Concerning Virgins (De Virginibus) is a series of letters, compiled into three “books,” St. Ambrose wrote to his sister, Manellia, These, perhaps Ambrose’s earliest writings, were written in 377 CE.

Written in a rather light-handed non-technical style they appear as ethical guides to women who are contemplating entering nunneries. More importantly, they set the tone for Ambrose’s later writing on ethics.

Concerning Virgins was referred to by other patristic writers including St. Jerome, St Augustine and Cassian, and are now included in the extra-biblical cannon of the early church fathers.

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