“FEMALE MEN OF GOD”: 1
THE ASCETIC THEORY AND PRACTICE
OF JEROME, CHRYSOSTOM, AND AUGUSTINE
Rosemary Radford Ruether writes, “What individuals find ‘liberating’ is relative, but perhaps the
most important common denominator of the liberating choice is the sense of taking charge of one’s own
life; of rejecting a state of being governed and defined by others.