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« Reply #1080 on: October 25, 2009, 12:43:53 AM »

Who Wrote the New Testament?: The Making of the Christian Myth, by Burton L. Mack. I've just started this book  (I'm about 33 pages in). As one might expect from the sub-title, this book tends towards more non-traditional views, such as dating certain New Testament works into the 2nd century. It was because I began reading this book that I started the thread about dating NT books, as I was curious as to what people here thought. The basic premise of the book seems to be that many of the books of the New Testament were a part of disparite traditions, and that these books were only later harmonized with each other so as to make them seem like they were all saying the same thing.

The Existence of God: From Plato to A.J. Ayer On the Question "Does God Exist?", ed. by John Hick. I read some of this book before, but lost interest in it, so now I'm going to try and start from the beginning and read it again. It's been a few years since I actually read arguments for and against God, so I figured it was time for a refresher, even if this book is a bit old (1964)and some of the argumentation will have changed since it was written.

The Desert A City, by Derwas J. Chitty. I read this back when I first became interested in Orthodoxy about about 8 1/2 years ago, and I think I was still a catechumen at the time. I remember really enjoying the book, so I bought it last Christmas, but I never got around to reading it until now. The book is about Christian monasticism in the 4th-7th centuries.
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« Reply #1081 on: October 25, 2009, 01:34:18 AM »

I never thought I would say this but I am reading way too much. I don't think my brain can take much more!  Titles for this week. I'm back on a Runciman kick.

The Byzantine Theocracy
by Sir Steven Runciman
The Sicilian Vespers by Sir Steven Runciman
The Great Church in Captivity by Sir Steven Runciman
The Eastern Schism by Sir Steven Runciman
The Economics of the Tax Revolt, ed. Arthur Laffer and Jan Seymour

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« Reply #1082 on: October 25, 2009, 05:00:46 PM »

I've also added volume 3 of John Julius Norwich's Byzantium for some additional information while reading Runicman's various works.
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« Reply #1083 on: October 27, 2009, 08:11:37 PM »

I'm 70 pages into The Brothers Karamazov.  Smiley
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« Reply #1084 on: October 27, 2009, 08:15:28 PM »

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What do you think of it so far? I couldn't really get into it, which is kinda odd considering Crime and Punishment and Notes From Underground are two of my favorite fictional works.
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« Reply #1085 on: October 27, 2009, 08:23:32 PM »

Dr. Richard Dawkins' The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution
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What do you think of it so far? I couldn't really get into it, which is kinda odd considering Crime and Punishment and Notes From Underground are two of my favorite fictional works.

I read Crime and Punishment two summers ago and really liked it.  When I later read Notes from the Underground, I did not enjoy reading it, although I attempted to see its literary value. 

The first chapter or two of The Brothers Karamazov was a bit difficult to get through (all the names and inter-relations), but since mapping the characters out, the past few chapters have been good.  I still have 640 pages to go.   

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« Reply #1087 on: October 27, 2009, 08:29:22 PM »

Dr. Richard Dawkins' The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution

So, where are the clowns?
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« Reply #1088 on: October 27, 2009, 08:46:11 PM »

Dr. Richard Dawkins' The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution

So, where are the clowns?

In the universities?  Smiley
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« Reply #1089 on: October 27, 2009, 09:06:46 PM »

Dr. Richard Dawkins' The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution

So, where are the clowns?

In the universities?  Smiley

On the streets, in stores, houses, etc. Tongue

Honestly, it has been pretty good so far.  Witty and arrogant as always.  Grin
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« Reply #1090 on: October 27, 2009, 11:28:57 PM »

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I'm 70 pages into The Brothers Karamazov

What do you think of it so far? I couldn't really get into it, which is kinda odd considering Crime and Punishment and Notes From Underground are two of my favorite fictional works.

I read Crime and Punishment two summers ago and really liked it.  When I later read Notes from the Underground, I did not enjoy reading it, although I attempted to see its literary value. 

The first chapter or two of The Brothers Karamazov was a bit difficult to get through (all the names and inter-relations), but since mapping the characters out, the past few chapters have been good.  I still have 640 pages to go.   



Great book!

Yeah, once you get the names and characters memorized it becomes very readable.

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« Reply #1091 on: October 28, 2009, 09:49:52 AM »

I'm 70 pages into The Brothers Karamazov.  Smiley
That's about where I am in the book but I'm moving slow becasue I am so busy right now.
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« Reply #1092 on: October 29, 2009, 08:19:30 PM »

I'm 70 pages into The Brothers Karamazov.  Smiley
That's about where I am in the book but I'm moving slow becasue I am so busy right now.

I just finished the family meeting with the elder.  Aloysha is pondering the elder's enigmatic prostration before Dimitri. 
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« Reply #1093 on: October 30, 2009, 02:00:14 PM »

I just finished "The Visionary". Quite enthralling Orthodox fiction. Available at Amazon.
http://www.amazon.com/Visionary-Michael-Hallford/dp/0979160065[url]

The author is a priest at the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of Saint Markella in New York

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« Reply #1094 on: October 30, 2009, 02:17:33 PM »

"Orthodoxy" by G. K. Chesterton.

http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/130
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« Reply #1095 on: November 03, 2009, 11:08:35 AM »

Romanov Bride. fiction based on fact the story of St. Elizabeth the New Martyr
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« Reply #1096 on: November 03, 2009, 11:23:13 AM »

"Orthodoxy" by G. K. Chesterton.

http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/130
One of my all time favorites.
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« Reply #1097 on: November 03, 2009, 11:40:02 AM »

I just finished White Corridor by Christopher Fowler.  If you like odd mystery/detective stories, the author's "Peculiar Crimes Unit Mystery" series are for you.

I'm about 1/4 of the way into The Hangman's Hymn by P.C. Doherty, which is part of the author's "Canterbury Mysteries," telling the stories that Chaucer didn't collect in the latter's magnum opus
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« Reply #1098 on: November 03, 2009, 12:24:54 PM »

The One and the Many; A Contemporary Thomistic Metaphysics
                                                        - W. Norris Clarke, S.J.
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« Reply #1099 on: November 03, 2009, 12:48:03 PM »

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http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/130
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One of my all time favorites.
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Since not all people who heard about this book have found time to read it could you write in brief what this book is about?
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« Reply #1100 on: November 03, 2009, 12:53:12 PM »

An old one:  N.B. Baynes, "Constantine the Great and the  Christian Church" from 1930!

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« Reply #1101 on: November 03, 2009, 12:58:07 PM »

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http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/130
One of my all time favorites.
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Its bascially G.K. Chesterton's work on describing why he is a Christian and not a rationalist. I wouldn't do him justice so I highly suggest everyone take glance at it.

http://books.google.com/books?id=GT_GpVcKfywC&dq=G.K.+Chesterton+Orthodoxy&printsec=frontcover&source=bl&ots=1iigZQaTZN&sig=rwEC-Yw1B1VrOPNP1fMKAU1fx-U&hl=en&ei=u2DwSv7PKsWWtges3bn1Bw&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=2&ved=0CBEQ6AEwAQ#v=onepage&q=&f=false
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« Reply #1102 on: November 03, 2009, 01:57:32 PM »

Tank you for your comment and the website.
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« Reply #1103 on: November 03, 2009, 01:59:59 PM »

Tank you for your comment and the website.
You're welcome.
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« Reply #1104 on: November 03, 2009, 09:17:20 PM »

I'm 70 pages into The Brothers Karamazov.  Smiley

Awesome. That's my all-time favourite book.


I'm currently reading The Road by Cormac McCarthy... it's incredible.
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« Reply #1105 on: November 06, 2009, 09:07:20 PM »

Critique of Religion and Philosophy, by Walter Kaufmann. I'm only about 20 pages into this one, though I have leafed through the rest of the book to see what I was getting into. The book seems to be a hodge-podge of reflections by Kaufmann on all things religious. I wasn't really eager to start this one, but it's been sitting on my bookshelf for a couple years, and I figured I might as well give it a shot.

The Six Ways of Atheism: New Logical Disproofs of the Existence of God, by Geoffrey Berg. Got this one from the local public library. This book seems to be about the main evidences that atheists put forth to disprove the existence of God, only (so far as I can tell) Berg constructs the arguments in less philosophical language, so that the book is a bit more accessible than such books usually are.

Western Atheism: A Short History, by James Thrower. Also got this one from the library, and it's the second time I've read it. I needed it again to get some leads on who to look to as far as early agnosticism, particular in ancient Greece. It's a fun, short read, though it gets a tad boring in the middle ages when the author is talking about pantheists and such.

The Varieites of Scientific Experience: A Personal view of the Search for God, by Carl Sagan. Just started this one, and have only read the editor's introduction. Seems like it'll be a good one, though.
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« Reply #1106 on: November 06, 2009, 11:23:07 PM »

The nun at the church I've started going to gave me a copy of The Way of the Pilgrim. I'm loving it so far.
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« Reply #1107 on: November 12, 2009, 05:12:48 AM »

I just recently started a book titled Deism: A Revolution in Religion, A Revolution in You by Bob Johnson, and it's a hoot. It starts with the sensationalistic line: "The power of Deism can be yours!" And the fun doesn't end there. Apparently this "revolutionary" view of God can solve many of our individual and societal problems. Funny thing, though, rather than using the 100 pages in the book to build a case for Deism and it's potential benefits, the author instead spends the majority of the book attacking "revealed religions" and neocons. And he keeps putting words like revealed in quotes for no apparent reason. For example, here is a statement from page 63:

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Btw, if you're wondering, the Bible has "ungodly origins" because, according to the author, the Emperor Constantine decided what the canon of the New Testament should be. Grin
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« Reply #1108 on: November 12, 2009, 09:00:48 AM »

The Romanov Bride. by Robert Alexander. Story of St. Elizabeth the New Martyr. Fascinating and compelling. It made me cry.
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« Reply #1109 on: November 12, 2009, 12:36:42 PM »

Out of the Silent Planet, C.S. Lewis.
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« Reply #1110 on: November 12, 2009, 01:06:55 PM »

Out of the Silent Planet, C.S. Lewis.
Another of my favorite books. I hope you get to read the entire trilogy. If you get to the last book, That Hideous Strenghth, be sure to read Lewis's essay, The Abolition of Man, along with it.
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« Reply #1111 on: November 12, 2009, 02:58:06 PM »

The Great Work, by Thomas Berry.

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The future can exist only if humans understand how to commune with the natural world rather than exploit it, explains author and renowned ecologist Thomas Berry (The Dream of the Earth, The Universe Story). "Already the planet is so damaged and the future is so challenged by its rising human population that the terms of survival will be severe beyond anything we have known in the past."

This may make him sound like a scolding, doomsday prophet, but Berry is an optimistic soul, hopeful that humans will rise to the challenge of cherishing the natural world in the third millennium. "Our future destiny rests even more decisively on our capacity for intimacy in our human-Earth relations." Berry predicts. From this premise, Berry reveals why we need to adore our blessed planet, while also examining why we are culturally driven toward exploiting nature. Because Berry has a science background as well as a spiritual orientation (he is the founder of the History of Religions Program at Fordham University), he brings a balanced and fresh voice to social ecology. Even though he writes for the masses, Berry is by no means a lightweight--chapters include "Ecological Geography," "The Extractive Economy," "The Corporation Story," and "Reinventing the Human."
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I just recently started a book titled Deism: A Revolution in Religion, A Revolution in You by Bob Johnson, and it's a hoot. It starts with the sensationalistic line: "The power of Deism can be yours!" And the fun doesn't end there. Apparently this "revolutionary" view of God can solve many of our individual and societal problems. Funny thing, though, rather than using the 100 pages in the book to build a case for Deism and it's potential benefits, the author instead spends the majority of the book attacking "revealed religions" and neocons. And he keeps putting words like revealed in quotes for no apparent reason. For example, here is a statement from page 63:

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I prefer "Revealed Deism".
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« Reply #1113 on: November 12, 2009, 03:03:04 PM »

Dr. Richard Dawkins' The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution
He originally wanted to name it "The Only Game in Town".
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« Reply #1114 on: November 12, 2009, 03:53:53 PM »

The Hiding Place by Corrie ten Boom,  Wow.  Didn't realize till about page 60  that I had heard her speak many many many moons ago through Focus on the Family!
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« Reply #1115 on: November 12, 2009, 04:25:15 PM »

I am reading the replies of this forum.

In my spare time I'm reading Metropolitan Kallistos' The Orthodox Church.
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« Reply #1116 on: November 12, 2009, 04:54:33 PM »

I am reading the replies of this forum.

In my spare time I'm reading Metropolitan Kallistos' The Orthodox Church.
Another book I have quite enjoyed. I pick it up and re-read portions of it from time to time.
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« Reply #1117 on: November 13, 2009, 12:56:15 AM »

The Life of Alfred the Great

The Life of Christ by Fulton Sheen

The Soul After Death Seraphim Rose

I read a little of each in the tub and before bed.
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« Reply #1118 on: November 13, 2009, 12:23:21 PM »

I've recently just started reading Father Arseny which I have been meaning to do for some time since it has been recommended to me on many occasions.
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« Reply #1119 on: November 13, 2009, 01:58:15 PM »

The Alexiad by Anna Comnena
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« Reply #1120 on: November 13, 2009, 02:40:13 PM »

The Life of Alfred the Great

The Life of Christ by Fulton Sheen

The Soul After Death Seraphim Rose

I read a little of each in the tub and before bed.
How is the Fulton Sheen book? I toy with the idea of reading if from time to time.
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« Reply #1121 on: November 13, 2009, 03:09:13 PM »

Vita Patrum: The Life of the Fathers by St. Gregory of Tours
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« Reply #1122 on: November 14, 2009, 02:03:01 PM »

A history of the Library of Congress (I'll have to dig up the title and author)

Free to All: Carnagie Libraries and American Culture 1890-1920 by Van Slyck

The Feudal Kingdom of England 1042-1216 by Frank Barlow

Turn Coat the latest "Harry Dresden" adventure by Jim Butcher
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« Reply #1123 on: November 14, 2009, 06:42:10 PM »

Even though it's the end of the semester and a crazy time, I started to read John Fowles's "The French Lieutenant's Woman" (1968). It is not easy for me to read it because the language is deliberately complicated, extremely rich. The author tries to re-create the atmosphere of provincial Victorian England - the action takes place in a town called Lyme Bay, located on the English Channel shore, in 1867. Very interesting, fascinating, albeit challenging read. A deep mystery, and a very intriguing take of the author, who is bone of bones and flesh of the flesh of the Hippie era, on the intricacies of the Victorian mind and of the Victorian era.
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« Reply #1124 on: November 15, 2009, 03:06:47 AM »

The Life of Alfred the Great

The Life of Christ by Fulton Sheen

The Soul After Death Seraphim Rose

I read a little of each in the tub and before bed.
How is the Fulton Sheen book? I toy with the idea of reading if from time to time.

Its really good its fairly deep but not as deep as Jesus of Nazareth by the Pope.
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