Jovinian: A Case Study of a Balanced Monastic Theologian

Andrei Antokhin, PhD
Adjunct Professor
University of South Francisco, Golden Gate University &
Holy Names University

Abstract: This article explores the complexities of Jovinian’s attitude towards the problem of post-baptismal sinning. His intriguing solution to the problem lied in his ability to combine the diversity of his members with a code of moral behavior that reflected this diversity. By carefully analysing primary sources and analytically juxtaposing various elements of Jovinian’s spirituality and theology this article claims that his goal was establishment of a community of ascetic monks and secular people who mutually contributed to each other’s spiritual development. Jovinian never rejected monasticism but was interested in making it work together with other expressions of Christian life.