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« on: September 16, 2009, 04:02:49 PM »

On today's entry over at OrthodoxHistory.org, we read a comment made by Fr. Nathaniel Irvine, a famous early 20th century convert to Orthodoxy, on Isabel Hapgood, whose translations of the liturgical books of the Church into English are quite famous:

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On translator Isabel Hapgood: “That vixen Miss Hapgood. What a liar – she has damned the Church for years.”

Any idea what he meant by this?  This is the first time I've seen her (and, presumably, her work) maligned in such a way.  Consider my curiosity piqued.
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« Reply #1 on: September 17, 2009, 06:13:19 PM »

I think this is talked about in:
American Orthodox History-
http://ancientfaith.com/podcasts/history

She was a Protestant woman who was clearly (in my opinion) too liberal in her ideas and I think that maybe some of the translations were poor and not entirely theologically accurate. (though It was a couple days since I listened to the podcast so I may be wrong)
That point of view though comes from what I heard on the podcast, so I don't know anything beyond what is said in the podcast.
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« Reply #2 on: September 17, 2009, 06:34:42 PM »

I understand that Fr. Nathaniel Irvine is called the "Prophet of American Orthodoxy".
Reading his quotes, all I can say is mores the pity for American Orthodoxy.
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« Reply #3 on: September 18, 2009, 09:47:36 AM »

I think this is talked about in:
American Orthodox History-
http://ancientfaith.com/podcasts/history

She was a Protestant woman who was clearly (in my opinion) too liberal in her ideas and I think that maybe some of the translations were poor and not entirely theologically accurate. (though It was a couple days since I listened to the podcast so I may be wrong)
That point of view though comes from what I heard on the podcast, so I don't know anything beyond what is said in the podcast.


thanks, I'll have to take a look at that.  I know she was a Protestant but St. Tikhon approved of her work and the Antiochians still use her translations, hence my confusion.  I'm more interested in why Fr. Nathaniel referred to her as "a liar," as that seems a bit harsh way to criticize someone's translation work.  There has to be something more to it, IMHO.
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« Reply #4 on: September 18, 2009, 10:20:43 AM »

Yes, I have to agree.  Btw, I don't think I've been to an Orthodox Church that used English, no matter the juridiction, who didn't have a Hapgood.
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« Reply #5 on: September 18, 2009, 10:33:02 AM »

I don't think it was a criticizing of her translation work, it may have been him criticizing her opinions on other matters... But I could be wrong, as I said, it was the beginning of the week when I listened to the podcast and I can't quite remember what Matthew Namee said.
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« Reply #6 on: September 18, 2009, 10:47:38 AM »

Aha!  Matt posted a follow up article on OrthodoxHistory.org, the first of at least two, that begins to answer my question.

Things are starting to make sense now. Smiley
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« Reply #7 on: September 18, 2009, 10:53:51 AM »

Tons of Orthodox parishes in the USA use the Hapgood for various services.  I've even seen Bishops use the Hapgood.  Now I've never seen Divine Liturgy, Matins or Vespers served from the Hapgood.  I have seen Readers tonsured, Subdeacons ordained, baptisms and so forth used from the Hapgood.
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« Reply #8 on: September 18, 2009, 11:37:47 AM »

Interesting.

From a letter from Hapgood to St. Tikhon:
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The Cathedral Choir, propertly constituted large enough, is immensely more important to your Church and Mission in this country than twenty little new parishes. . . . There is nothing which can exert so great an influence on the best, most influential part of the public here as can a splendid Cathedral Choir.

If that's the sort of advice she was giving him, I can see why I parish priest might be upset about her influence. And quite rightly.

Out of curiosity, ozgeorge, other than the quote about Hapgood--for which the context is still in question--what do you find objectionable about Fr. Nathaniel's quotes?
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« Reply #9 on: September 18, 2009, 02:39:16 PM »

Interesting.

From a letter from Hapgood to St. Tikhon:
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The Cathedral Choir, propertly constituted large enough, is immensely more important to your Church and Mission in this country than twenty little new parishes. . . . There is nothing which can exert so great an influence on the best, most influential part of the public here as can a splendid Cathedral Choir.

If that's the sort of advice she was giving him, I can see why I parish priest might be upset about her influence. And quite rightly.

Out of curiosity, ozgeorge, other than the quote about Hapgood--for which the context is still in question--what do you find objectionable about Fr. Nathaniel's quotes?
I think ozgeorge was really looking to Fr. Nathaniel's quotes as evidence of the "prophet's" negative influence on American Orthodoxy.  I'm personally interested to hear what he has against Fr. Nathaniel based on his quotes.
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« Reply #10 on: September 18, 2009, 03:43:46 PM »

Out of curiosity, ozgeorge, other than the quote about Hapgood--for which the context is still in question--what do you find objectionable about Fr. Nathaniel's quotes?
Self righteousness. Self assuredness. Emphasising unity of administration. Not understanding the importance of Church music. The Freemason Conspiracy Theory. Aggressiveness.....
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« Reply #11 on: September 20, 2009, 12:28:12 AM »

I will have to say though, Hapgood's statement on the "music" being more important than "20 new little parishes" is obviously VERY misguided and a very unfortunate statement. I don't blame Irvine for having the reaction he had.
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« Reply #12 on: September 23, 2009, 08:04:54 PM »

http://orthodoxhistory.org/?p=911

George has sparked a whole new article due to his comments.  Tongue

Here is a comment I appended to this essay when it was reposted on the facebook page for OrthodoxHistory.org:

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« Reply #13 on: September 23, 2009, 09:25:50 PM »

I'm not a member of word press so I cant comment on the blog, and we are not friends on facebook so I don't have the option to comment there either.
Hopefully the author will come here and expose himself to a bit of peer review. Judging from the other comments the author has received on his facebook entry of the article, others have taken issue with what he has claimed as well.
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« Reply #14 on: September 24, 2009, 07:49:27 AM »

I'm not a member of word press so I cant comment on the blog,

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Hopefully the author will come here and expose himself to a bit of peer review. Judging from the other comments the author has received on his facebook entry of the article, others have taken issue with what he has claimed as well.

Others have taken issue with his thesis that there wasn't Orthodox unity in the Russian Archdiocese.
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« Reply #15 on: September 24, 2009, 09:05:27 AM »

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« Reply #16 on: September 24, 2009, 12:48:00 PM »

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