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« Reply #4095 on: August 17, 2014, 06:10:25 AM »

Although it's far from an Orthodox book, The Closing of the American Mind by Alan Bloom.

One of the more overrated books of the last century. Every now and then he's right in his criticism of the ideas of his opponents, although he overstates the importance that relativism holds in the minds of his opponents. His own ideas, though, are not much better either. His strict universalism, for example, is in many cases as bizarre as the relativism he so consistently critizes, and despite taking issue with the relativists much of his ideas about literature come from Nietzsche. He also has the tendency to see western philosophy and literature before the 20th century as a continuous and harmonious whole, which, of course, it wasn't.

He is often unable to avoid sounding like a ranting old man, complaining on how x, y and z were so much better in his days, which makes the book hard to enjoy. All arguments of merit in his book has been said better elsewhere, and those that are new are bizarre and often contradicted by the author without himself noting it.
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« Reply #4096 on: August 18, 2014, 01:37:53 PM »

Although it's far from an Orthodox book, The Closing of the American Mind by Alan Bloom.

One of the more overrated books of the last century. Every now and then he's right in his criticism of the ideas of his opponents, although he overstates the importance that relativism holds in the minds of his opponents. His own ideas, though, are not much better either. His strict universalism, for example, is in many cases as bizarre as the relativism he so consistently critizes, and despite taking issue with the relativists much of his ideas about literature come from Nietzsche. He also has the tendency to see western philosophy and literature before the 20th century as a continuous and harmonious whole, which, of course, it wasn't.

He is often unable to avoid sounding like a ranting old man, complaining on how x, y and z were so much better in his days, which makes the book hard to enjoy. All arguments of merit in his book has been said better elsewhere, and those that are new are bizarre and often contradicted by the author without himself noting it.


The book made a huge impression the first time I read it (2 years ago), but I was rather disappointed this time around for many of the reasons you mentioned above.
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« Reply #4097 on: August 18, 2014, 02:16:18 PM »

What are you "reading" this for?

It was available at the library, so I decided to give it a shot. At 1000+ pages I should have figured I wouldn't come anywhere close to finishing it, which I didn't.
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« Reply #4098 on: August 18, 2014, 03:11:00 PM »

A second heavyweight, 'Saint Cyril of Alexandria and the Christological Controversy, Fr John McGuckin, published by SVS.
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« Reply #4099 on: August 18, 2014, 07:17:03 PM »

Who was the first heavyweight? Huh
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« Reply #4100 on: August 18, 2014, 07:18:17 PM »

In a Different Voice: Psychological Theory and Women's Development, by Carol Gilligan
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« Reply #4101 on: August 18, 2014, 07:59:39 PM »

Hostage to the Devil, by Fr. Martin Malachi. Superb story telling, terrifying subject matter.

What Happened at Vatican II, by John W. O'Malley. Because I want to know.
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« Reply #4102 on: August 18, 2014, 08:34:24 PM »

My Life in Christ by St John of  Kronstadt and  The Hermitess Photini by Archimandrite Joachim Spetsieris
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« Reply #4103 on: August 18, 2014, 08:41:30 PM »

Peter the Great: His Life and World by Robert K. Massie.
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« Reply #4104 on: August 19, 2014, 03:11:45 AM »

Hostage to the Devil, by Fr. Martin Malachi. Superb story telling, terrifying subject matter.



Incredible book! One of my favorites.


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« Reply #4105 on: Yesterday at 06:25:24 PM »

Mind, Brain, and Free Will, by Richard Swinburne
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« Reply #4106 on: Yesterday at 06:27:27 PM »

Peter the Great: His Life and World by Robert K. Massie.

Good book. I got it in paperback for Christmas when I was a kid.
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« Reply #4107 on: Yesterday at 08:32:19 PM »

Father Seraphim Rose: His Life and Works by Hieromonk Damascene.
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