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Created with Fabric.js 1.4.5 Monks vs Friars By Anajulia Santiago The first Medieval monks adhered to the Benedictine Rule which was established by St. Benedict in 529AD. Different orders of Medieval monks were also establishedduring the Middle Ages. Monks used ancient writings from Roman and Greek resources to teach their students whilemost of the educational courseswere mostly based on superstitions and beliefs.Students often learned more when they directlycame in contact with trappers, hunters,poachers and serfs as they could offer practical knowledge. Differences: Politics: Education Monks Monks Friars A monk takes his vows and commits to a particular self-sufficient community consisting only of monks. He serves the church through devotion. A friar takes his vows and commits to a larger area, a province, and is supported through donations.They willusually travel about their area and stay in a variety of places in the province they are committed to. He/she serves the church by working among laypeople. Religion Monks Friars Monks belong to one kind of religious order, an important part of this type of religious order is "stability" staying in one place. So they're very much devoted to a life of prayer in a small community and not really out in the world much. These communities are mostly self-supporting.This means there is usually some kind of community work that pays for the expenses of the community Friars belong to a different kind of religious order.The most important thing about these religious orders is that they beg for the money to support themselves.This naturally involves them being more involved with the community typically than a monk would be. Similarities between Monks and Friars Both friars and monks take vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience. They do not have individual property (everything is owned in common, though sometimes this can be a fair amount of property/money). They promise not to marry and seek to live chastely. They are all committed to obedience. There is a "superior" in each religious order which they must obey in all things not contrary to good morals. The superior in turn is obedient to some other religious authority (depending on the structure of the order). Friars The two principal orders are the Franciscans and the Dominicans, both founded in the early 13th century. In both cases, the basic values were similar to any other monastic order. The chief difference was the friars took preaching as a central mission. Instead of retreating from the world, as other monks did, the friars went into the world,to preach the Word of God. Friars Their preaching activities and their stand against heresy required careful training, and the educational facilities developed by the mendicant orders, at the local level, in their provinces, and at the universities, mark a significant stage in the history of education.
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