This is a draft of a 98 page paper exploring (1) the history of the discussion of “counsels and commandments,” (2) the foundations of a theology of religious life, and (3) how we ought to express our expectations of one another as we endeavor to live the Christian life together with different callings. Hint – If you want, you can read the first six pages and the last six pages and still learn something.

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Evan B. Howard