Schaff, Philip. History of the Christian Church (The Complete Eight Volumes in One). Amazon Kindle Edition, 2014.
Volume 2, Ante-Nicene Christianity A.D. 100-325, “Chapter 9. Ascetic Tendencies.” Sections 104-108, Loc. 17159-17485.
§ 106. Vountary Poverty.
Among ascetic practices Schaff considers the voluntary poverty engaged in by many Christians. He recognizes the vows of poverty as having their source in Jesus’ command to the rich young ruler, who was told to sell his possessions and give them away (Schaff 2014, Loc. 17280). Further, Christ and the apostles also seemed to live in poverty. Counter to the common idea of Christian poverty, Clement of Alexandria encouraged careful use of material goods to care for the world (Schaff 2014, Loc. 17285). However, it is noted that many Christians have historically avoided the overt pursuit of fortune and its trappings.