Dr. Bernard Lukasz Sawicki, O.S.B., completed his M.A. (Theory of Music and Piano) at the Warsaw Academy of Music, his S.T.L. at the Pontifical Academy of Theology in Cracow, and his Th.D. at the Benedictine Athenaeum of Sant’Anselmo in Rome. Dr. Sawicki is currently a Lecturer at the Pontifical Academy of Theology in Cracow.2005 0-7734-6199-X
Two poles orient and organize both the content and form of this study, namely the idea of the absurd, and that of Christian monasticism. These poles delineate three different but complementary dimensions of the work: the analysis and description of the very idea of the absurd, an attempt at a general survey of the idea of Christian monasticism, and the correspondence between them rendered by the notion of theological reception. The goal of this study is to compare the theoretical vision of monasticism with some aspects of modern philosophical thought. Here the form of presentation is as important as the material presented ,and their mutual dependence and correlation defines the character of the work. At times, it is an explanatory text, descriptive and speculative in character (Part One), and at other times we enter into documental, reflexive and even meditative areas (Part Two and Three). Many of the same issues, ideas and problems recur in different contexts, as if viewed and exposed from different angles and perspectives. The discourse as a whole is crafted in a kind of spiraling movement, inviting the reader to various resumptions, retrospectives and returns.