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Anthony M. Coniaris
« on: August 06, 2007, 12:50:08 PM »
Is it just me or do Rev. Coniaris' books always sound so new agey?  Here's a fairly new one I found today at Light & Life.  I've never gotten into his writings.  Am I missing the mark here?

http://www.light-n-life.com/shopping/order_product.asp?ProductNum=HOWT150
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Re: Anthony M. Coniaris
« Reply #1 on: August 06, 2007, 12:52:36 PM »
I don't know about new-agey...

Of course, sometimes Orthodox dogma can come off as "new-agey" with all the talk of the striving for union with the creator, throwing off the shackles of the passions, and whatnot.
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Re: Anthony M. Coniaris
« Reply #2 on: August 06, 2007, 01:50:29 PM »
I think its the use of the term 'Actualize' in the title of the book. It is one of those terms that has the stigma of the New Age movement (as it was made popular by Maslow.)
"We must begin at once to "build again the tabernacle which is fallen down, and to build again the ruins thereof, and to set it up;" for HE WHO GAVE THE THOUGHT IN OUR HEART HE LAID ALSO THE RESPONSIBILITY ON US THAT THIS THOUGHT SHOULD NOT REMAIN BARREN." - J.J. Overbeck, 1866

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Re: Anthony M. Coniaris
« Reply #3 on: August 06, 2007, 02:02:13 PM »
I thought he was half decent at writing for a popular level audience, but didn't notice anything amiss. It's been years since I've read anything by him, though.

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Re: Anthony M. Coniaris
« Reply #4 on: August 06, 2007, 02:19:03 PM »
Our priest had given me an intro book to the Orthodox Church by Fr Anthony Coniaris when I first started attending. It served a purpose for me since I already owned Bishop Kallistos' (Timothy Ware) book on the Orthodox church which seemed a little in depth at that point. Fr Anthony's book seemed a bit contemporary and I soon realized Holy Orthodoxy is not that and I thirsted for Bishop Kallistos' books and soon bought "The Art of Prayer" edited by Igumen (Abbot) Chariton etc...I did not recall any new age tendency in Fr Anthony's writing though just a slightly bland, mainstream American mindset but also sound Orthodox doctrine just through a slightly awkward prism. Nonetheless I feel indebted to Fr Anthony and am thankful for his book (haven not read any others).
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Re: Anthony M. Coniaris
« Reply #5 on: August 06, 2007, 02:28:12 PM »
I guess...so sorry for the pun...I'm judging a book by its cover.
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Re: Anthony M. Coniaris
« Reply #6 on: August 06, 2007, 02:57:32 PM »
I'm not gona lie, I've never liked any of his books. 

I'm not saying others won't enjoy them...I just personally  could never get into them. 
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Re: Anthony M. Coniaris
« Reply #7 on: August 06, 2007, 03:54:56 PM »
Fr. Coniaris' books are good for very, very new people (especially teenagers) being introduced to Orthodoxy.  They are concise and to the point and don't divulge deep into the theology.  However, I read it after I had read Bp. +KALLISTOS' Orthodox Church and Orthodox Way.  And there are times I thought that Fr. Coniaris was oversimplifying too much.  But it should be clarified that there is nothing unorthodox in his books.
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Re: Anthony M. Coniaris
« Reply #8 on: August 06, 2007, 07:11:42 PM »
I enjoy using his Book "Making God Real in the Orthodox Christian Home". It was a great tool for new converts to use when they had sall children.  It has activities, simple explanations that a child can understand, and at a point coming inot Orthodoxy from Mormonsim, We needed to be taught as little children to get rid of the heresies Mormonsim taught. I still use it with great effect with my  grandchildren.

I must admit now that I have graduated to meat from milk, I tend to enjoy those who write a little deeper.

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Re: Anthony M. Coniaris
« Reply #9 on: August 08, 2007, 09:52:33 AM »
I actually love his books. The only thing is that they're point form often which is really annoying. But the content and the way he writes it is really good...as someone else said I think perfect for teens also.

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Re: Anthony M. Coniaris
« Reply #10 on: August 28, 2007, 01:51:22 AM »
Fr. Anthony is one of the best compilers of quotes from various important Orthodox writers among us.
His personal library of quotes and references must be phenominal and his organizational abilities to retrieve all that data and compile it are impressive.
I very much enjoyed his compendium on the Philokalia, his book for teens on the Nicene Creed and the prayer book he compiled.
He has done a wonderful service and must be incredibly well-read.