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"Popular Patristics" Series
« on: October 23, 2007, 09:40:04 AM »
Your comments regarding this series from St. Vladimir's Seminary Press is welcome.
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Re: "Popular Patristics" Series
« Reply #1 on: October 23, 2007, 09:48:08 AM »
I own 'em all. Good, modern translations, with solid introductions and footnotes.
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Re: "Popular Patristics" Series
« Reply #2 on: October 23, 2007, 11:12:38 AM »
I'll echo pensateomnia on this one; I've got most of them, and they're definitely an asset.  And they (at least in my observation) are good at what they're intended for - getting people who aren't "in to" theology to read and enjoy some important texts of the Church.  I've heard many positive responses to folks who have read On the Incarnation, On Wealth and Poverty, and On Marriage and Family Life in particular.
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Re: "Popular Patristics" Series
« Reply #3 on: October 23, 2007, 11:21:48 AM »
I'll echo pensateomnia on this one; I've got most of them, and they're definitely an asset.  And they (at least in my observation) are good at what they're intended for - getting people who aren't "in to" theology to read and enjoy some important texts of the Church.  I've heard many positive responses to folks who have read On the Incarnation, On Wealth and Poverty, and On Marriage and Family Life in particular.

Father Bless,

Thank you for your endorsement of this series. It's actually very difficult for me to find the right level of depth on these matters as I'm very well-read with regard to more or less 'popular theology pieces' if that makes any sense but actual thesis on some matters are simply over my head due to the fact that I lack a firm foundation often times necessary for their understanding.

Grace and Peace!
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Re: "Popular Patristics" Series
« Reply #4 on: October 25, 2007, 06:42:35 PM »
Wow, Cleveland got ordained?


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Re: "Popular Patristics" Series
« Reply #5 on: October 25, 2007, 08:19:34 PM »
^^Last I heard, Cleveland is not (yet) ordained. *ahem*

Also, I echo Cleveland's and Pensate's sentiments regarding this series: the volumes are a great way to sample these treasures, and from this introduction work your way into other topics and writers that interest you!
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Re: "Popular Patristics" Series
« Reply #6 on: October 25, 2007, 10:30:21 PM »
Wow, Cleveland got ordained? 

Goodness, no.  Haven't even set a wedding date yet, let alone an ordination one.
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Re: "Popular Patristics" Series
« Reply #7 on: October 26, 2007, 12:43:56 AM »
*singing* agioi martures...
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Re: "Popular Patristics" Series
« Reply #8 on: October 26, 2007, 08:55:40 AM »
Cleavland better hurry before all the good ones are taken. ;)

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Re: "Popular Patristics" Series
« Reply #9 on: October 26, 2007, 09:00:28 AM »
Goodness, no.  Haven't even set a wedding date yet, let alone an ordination one.

I'm sorry if my error put any undue pressure on you to enter the Priesthood. I knew there was a few 'Fathers' on this forum and I thought you might be one of them. My apologies.

God, have mercy on me.  :(
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Re: "Popular Patristics" Series
« Reply #10 on: October 26, 2007, 10:36:18 AM »
I'm sorry if my error put any undue pressure on you to enter the Priesthood. I knew there was a few 'Fathers' on this forum and I thought you might be one of them. My apologies.

God, have mercy on me.  :(

Well, it hasn't happened yet for me, but don't be too hard on yourself! 
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Re: "Popular Patristics" Series
« Reply #11 on: October 26, 2007, 11:00:37 AM »
So, are the fish biting? ;)
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Re: "Popular Patristics" Series
« Reply #12 on: October 26, 2007, 11:10:11 AM »
So, are the fish biting? ;)

First of all, prawn boy, I'm engaged.  So the fish have had their fill.

Second of all, it is ironic that the man with the shrimp avatar would be asking about "fish biting."
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Re: "Popular Patristics" Series
« Reply #13 on: October 26, 2007, 11:14:00 AM »
Congrats!  And that's kind of the point.  Wasn't picking on you. :)
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Re: "Popular Patristics" Series
« Reply #14 on: November 12, 2007, 01:21:56 PM »
I'll echo pensateomnia on this one; I've got most of them, and they're definitely an asset.  And they (at least in my observation) are good at what they're intended for - getting people who aren't "in to" theology to read and enjoy some important texts of the Church.  I've heard many positive responses to folks who have read On the Incarnation, On Wealth and Poverty, and On Marriage and Family Life in particular.

Pray for me Cleveland (as opposed to Father Bless  :-[),

I've read On the Incarnation and 'wow' is that an amazing book! It leaves me with a lot of questions though. Is that normal?
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Re: "Popular Patristics" Series
« Reply #15 on: November 12, 2007, 02:22:28 PM »

I've read On the Incarnation and 'wow' is that an amazing book! It leaves me with a lot of questions though. Is that normal?

First off, On the Incarnation is my favorite of this entire series! I always schedule myself to read this in the Advent Fast to help guide my thoughts/December sermons/classes, and it just sets t he correct tone for everything else.

Secondly, yes, you should have questions, because this means you are trying to integrate the book into your life. The person who reads this and doesn't have questions is, truly, someone who could just have used to book to keep their kitchen table from tipping over.  ;)
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Re: "Popular Patristics" Series
« Reply #16 on: November 12, 2007, 03:55:05 PM »
First off, On the Incarnation is my favorite of this entire series! I always schedule myself to read this in the Advent Fast to help guide my thoughts/December sermons/classes, and it just sets t he correct tone for everything else.

Secondly, yes, you should have questions, because this means you are trying to integrate the book into your life. The person who reads this and doesn't have questions is, truly, someone who could just have used to book to keep their kitchen table from tipping over.  ;)

Father Bless,

Ah, then I'm off to a good start thanks to the good suggestions from the posters.   :)

What is another good one to get? I only have this one.
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