Are you able to read in different languages and therefore have access to a broader range of materials or do you stick with what is published in English? And if you do read primarily in English, can you give the rest of us some advice about study? I think many of us are likely on an advanced beginner stage. We have read the best known books and catechisms. What would you recommend to us in categories like Theology and history and such the like?
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I usually read the original in conjunction with an English annotated translation, as unfortunately the English annotations are usuall far better (texts of the original are usually weighed down with textual criticism matters). I go back to the original, however, to check the translation.
First I would recommend things like St. Vladimir popular patristics series, which are readable and up to date. The Fathers in the Penguin series are also good. I recommend reading the Fathers as to have some discernment in reading secondary theologians. I must admit, that in the latter category (which time will canonized as contemporary Fathers I am sure) some bias towards Fr. Schemann, Meyendorf (whose Encyclopedia Britannica article on Orthodoxy led me to her), Evdikinov, Afanassieff, Losky etc.. I've read a lot of Greek theologians (e.g. "Partakers of Divine Nature: An Inspiring Presentation of Man's Purpose in Life According to Orthodox Theology" by Archimandrite Christoforos Stavropoulos) but I can't say any stand out as these. Not that I agree with all they say, but they make good points and are readable: although part of the U of C ilk, I don't care for scholarship as exercises in erudition. The idea here is to get a framwork to develop the context of what the Fathers have to say. For history/theology, assuming that you've read Eusebius, Socrates, Sozomen, I'd go throught the Seven Ecumenical Councils volume of the Post-Nicene Fathers series http://www.ccel.org/ccel/schaff/npnf214.html
Until you are well versed, stay away from the Pedalion (the reading of which should require permission from a spiritual Father) ESPECIALLY the common English translation.
Maybe a list of great Orthodox books should be composed. I'd start with the letters of St. Ignatius, St. Clement I, the Didache, Martyrdom of St. Polycarp, (the Penguin "Apostolic Fathers" is good)http://books.google.ro/books?id=9m6fZSvxUU4C&printsec=frontcover&dq=Apostolic+Fathers+Penguin&hl=en#v=onepage&q=Apostolic%20Fathers%20Penguin&f=false
St. Athanasius "On the Incarnation,"http://books.google.ro/books?id=nqpeFIndskgC&dq=On+the+Incarnation&printsec=frontcover&source=bn&hl=en&ei=VCDrSsm5KobwMdGzgIQM&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=4&ved=0CBEQ6AEwAw#v=onepage&q=&f=false
St. John of Damascus "Font of Knowledge," (Catholic University Press has the complete work, CCEL only the last, most important, part)http://www.questia.com/PM.qst?a=o&d=85669584
and his "On the Divine Images,"http://books.google.com/books?id=x_U1mtafEPMC&printsec=frontcover&dq=on+the+divine+images&lr=&as_drrb_is=q&as_minm_is=0&as_miny_is=&as_maxm_is=0&as_maxy_is=&as_brr=0#v=onepage&q=&f=false
are among the must reads.
A dangerous tool is Wikipedia: if you can shift wheat from chaff (the better articles have references that can be checked, etc.) it is a god send. But you have to know how to use it (I can hear "Physician, heal thyself).
and then, listen to Ancient Faith Radio (I'm lucky that I hear much of the material in person).http://ancientfaith.com/