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« Reply #1395 on: July 07, 2010, 05:50:59 PM »

An Unbroken Circle: Linking Ancient African Christianity to the African American Experience

http://www.archangelsbooks.com/proddetail.asp?prod=CSBALTSCHP-01




Excellent book!


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« Reply #1396 on: July 14, 2010, 03:28:05 AM »

Carvaka/Lokayata:An Anthology of Source Materials and Some Recent Studies - ed. by Debiprasad Chattopadhyaya. Much less enjoyable than I thought it'd be. I mean, it's about a heterodox current of thought in ancient India that was atheistic/naturalistic and hedonistic. They were to Hinduism and Buddhism what the most outrageous heretics were to Christianity. How do you make that kind of thing dry and boring? Then again, probably the boringest* book I've ever read was on the epistemology of the Cyrenaics, a hedonistic school in ancient Greece. Hedonists just apparently aren't that interesting  Cheesy


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« Reply #1397 on: July 14, 2010, 04:12:05 AM »

An Unbroken Circle: Linking Ancient African Christianity to the African American Experience

http://www.archangelsbooks.com/proddetail.asp?prod=CSBALTSCHP-01




Excellent book!


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Yes, I have the book! As well as this one:


They both are great books!



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« Reply #1398 on: July 14, 2010, 10:47:29 AM »

I received "Eusebius: The Church History" by mail yesterday.  Can't wait to get started. Smiley
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« Reply #1399 on: July 14, 2010, 01:05:57 PM »

For the Life of the World - Alexander Schmemann

BTW, how is he viewed in Eastern Orthodox circles?
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« Reply #1400 on: July 14, 2010, 02:58:58 PM »

A History of England.  I don't recall the author off the top of my head, but it is a pretty good read.  Just finished with Alfred the Great.
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« Reply #1401 on: July 14, 2010, 03:04:16 PM »

Many Orthodox seem to like Schmemann, though there have been a few critiques of his work (mostly coming from more traditional Orthodox, such as Fr. Michael Pomazansky).
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« Reply #1402 on: July 14, 2010, 06:19:37 PM »

I'm presently reading Asceticism and Christological Controversy in Fifth Century Palestine by Cornelia Horn.

It's an interesting study of St Peter the Iberian, the Georgian saint of the Oriental Orthodox.

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« Reply #1403 on: July 23, 2010, 08:00:54 AM »

Now, I'm reading Father Arseney

very fascinating, and inspiring insight into the life of a Russian priest in a labor camp in the Soviet Union.

I am, though, excited to sink my teeth into this:
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« Reply #1404 on: July 23, 2010, 10:07:59 PM »

Right now I'm reading "A Long Way Gone Memoirs of A Boy Solider" for school I'malso making my way through "Augustine of Hippo" by Peter Brown.
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« Reply #1405 on: July 23, 2010, 10:40:28 PM »

Right now I'm reading "A Long Way Gone Memoirs of A Boy Solider" for school I'malso making my way through "Augustine of Hippo" by Peter Brown.


"A Long Way Gone" is a terrific book. Heartbreaking to read, but very powerful.


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« Reply #1406 on: July 27, 2010, 01:11:24 PM »

"Ivory's Ghosts, The White Gold of History and the Fate of Elephants" by John Frederick Walker
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« Reply #1407 on: July 27, 2010, 03:48:03 PM »

Roots by Alex Haley.

Just finished Mark Twain's essay To the Person Sitting in Darkness, a brilliant rebuttal to Kipling's patronizing The White Man's Burden.
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« Reply #1408 on: July 28, 2010, 06:27:34 PM »

St. Cyril of Alexandria: The Christological Controversy : Its History, Theology, and Texts
Author: John Anthony McGuckin
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Can't recommend this enough...almost understandable to even a moron like me Cheesy
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« Reply #1409 on: July 28, 2010, 09:39:47 PM »

Rereading a favorite children's book, found while cleaning out the garage: "Never Go Anywhere With Digby," by Ethelyn M. Parkinson, 1971.  Basically 4 boys go on a road trip by bicycle.  Very funny - holds up quite well!
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« Reply #1410 on: July 29, 2010, 12:08:48 PM »

Rereading a favorite children's book, found while cleaning out the garage: "Never Go Anywhere With Digby," by Ethelyn M. Parkinson, 1971.  Basically 4 boys go on a road trip by bicycle.  Very funny - holds up quite well!

I remember that book, great book!
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« Reply #1411 on: July 29, 2010, 12:14:23 PM »

Rereading a favorite children's book, found while cleaning out the garage: "Never Go Anywhere With Digby," by Ethelyn M. Parkinson, 1971.  Basically 4 boys go on a road trip by bicycle.  Very funny - holds up quite well!

I remember that book, great book!

I also have a copy of the same author's "Today I Am A Ham", about a boy who's trying to become a ham radio operator.  The technology is pretty dated but that's also still a fun book!  Smiley
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« Reply #1412 on: July 29, 2010, 04:54:21 PM »

God: His Existent and His Nature: A Thomistic Solution of Certain Agnotstic Antimonies
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« Reply #1413 on: July 29, 2010, 06:01:05 PM »

St. Cyril of Alexandria: The Christological Controversy : Its History, Theology, and Texts
Author: John Anthony McGuckin
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Can't recommend this enough...almost understandable to even a moron like me Cheesy

Tell me more if you don't mind. Is it written by a non-Chalcedonian?


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Tell me more if you don't mind. Is it written by a non-Chalcedonian?

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Fr. John is Romanian Orthodox Priest who was born and raised Roman Catholic. So, no he's not a "non-Chalcedonian".  But he is a first rate scholar and a great admirer of St. Cyril and his writings. Although I don't necessarily agree with everything he said regarding Chalcedon (which he only touched on in one chapter), I greatly appreciated his eirenic writing style and learned a lot.... A LOT! I also think its a perfect companion to Fr. Samuels book and a foundational book for anyone interested in the Christological controversies of the time.

I'd be lying if I said it was an easy read and do plan on re-reading it several more times but its only because the material itself is so above my meager intellect.  Fr. John's writing style is that of a teacher and he breaks things down very well. But it does need real study as opposed to the normal way I read books i.e. holding the book in one hand and my daughter in the other while trying to keep her from tearing the pages  Grin

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Tell me more if you don't mind. Is it written by a non-Chalcedonian?

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Fr. John is Romanian Orthodox Priest who was born and raised Roman Catholic. So, no he's not a "non-Chalcedonian".  But he is a first rate scholar and a great admirer of St. Cyril and his writings. Although I don't necessarily agree with everything he said regarding Chalcedon (which he only touched on in one chapter), I greatly appreciated his eirenic writing style and learned a lot.... A LOT! I also think its a perfect companion to Fr. Samuels book and a foundational book for anyone interested in the Christological controversies of the time.

I'd be lying if I said it was an easy read and do plan on re-reading it several more times but its only because the material itself is so above my meager intellect.  Fr. John's writing style is that of a teacher and he breaks things down very well. But it does need real study as opposed to the normal way I read books i.e. holding the book in one hand and my daughter in the other while trying to keep her from tearing the pages  Grin

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Thanks! Sounds like I'll need to read it eventually.

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« Reply #1416 on: August 05, 2010, 08:43:28 PM »

The Disappearing Spoon and Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements by Sam Kean. It's a fascinating look at humanity from the point of view of the various elements, from the time the first protons hurtled out of the Big Bang through the naming of Copernicium. Brilliant storytelling and historical and scientific accuracy rarely can be found in the same work, which makes Kean's achievement all the more impressive. Highly recommended for lovers of history and science, and anyone who ever "accidentally" dropped a mercury thermometer just to watch what happened.
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« Reply #1417 on: August 07, 2010, 08:25:05 PM »

Edgar Wallace's "The Mind of Mr. J. G. Reeder"

I've been on a crime/mystery kick as of late.
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« Reply #1418 on: August 07, 2010, 09:27:11 PM »

I'm REreading a wonderful novel by the late Rumer Godden (you may be familiar with her "In This House of Brede", about an older woman who enters a convent) - this one is called "China Court", and it's a lovely, slow-moving but not at all dull, story chronicling the days followng the death of an elderly woman.  Her granddaughter, who hasn't seen her since she herself was a child, comes to the funeral and is dismayed by how her aunts and uncles are all too eager to sell off all the bits and pieces that made the house (called China Court) so special to her.

Yet none of the characters is a caricature - we see why each of them came to be what they are today, and we understand that they're just ordinary sinners like you and me.

I'm still not getting at the heart of the story but that's because it's just one of those books that's really hard to describe!  Just read it - you'll see what I mean! Smiley
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« Reply #1419 on: August 07, 2010, 09:43:28 PM »

Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens and Orthodox Spirituality by A Monk of the Eastern Church.
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« Reply #1420 on: August 07, 2010, 10:30:43 PM »

The Brothers Karamazov.  I can't believe I made it to thirty without reading an entire novel by Dostoyevsky.
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« Reply #1421 on: August 07, 2010, 11:45:02 PM »

I'm re-reading through The Chronicles of Prydain by Lloyd Alexander.
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« Reply #1422 on: August 08, 2010, 04:42:37 AM »

The Brothers Karamazov.  I can't believe I made it to thirty without reading an entire novel by Dostoyevsky.


What a great book! I read it long before I was Orthodox, and I loved it. I really need to read it again now, because I'm sure there was a lot I missed the first time I read it through the lens of Protestantism.


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« Reply #1423 on: August 08, 2010, 05:15:52 PM »

Contemporary Ascetics of Mount Athos, Volume I

Hands down, one of the top 5 most interesting and beneficial books I have ever read. 
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« Reply #1424 on: August 08, 2010, 06:00:46 PM »

The Brothers Karamazov.  I can't believe I made it to thirty without reading an entire novel by Dostoyevsky.


What a great book! I read it long before I was Orthodox, and I loved it. I really need to read it again now, because I'm sure there was a lot I missed the first time I read it through the lens of Protestantism.


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« Reply #1425 on: August 08, 2010, 09:27:53 PM »

Working through the following right now:

The Lord Christ: Out of Egypt
by Anne Rice
Commentary on Galatians by Fr. Paul Nadim Tarazi
The Virgin Mary:  Celebration of Faith 3 by +Fr. Alexander Schmemann
The Way of the Fathers:  Exploring the Patristic Mind by Fr. John Chryssavgis
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« Reply #1426 on: August 09, 2010, 03:48:12 PM »

Started "Ghosts of Cannae".  It's pretty good, for any ancient history lovers out there.
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« Reply #1427 on: August 09, 2010, 05:25:17 PM »

Can't remember if I mentioned it here, but I finally finished Fr. A. James Bernstein's book, Surprised by Christ.  Not a bad read, but once you've read one conversion story, you've kind of read them all!
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« Reply #1428 on: August 10, 2010, 02:52:00 AM »

I thought "Surprised by Christ" was a unique conversion story.  I, personally, don't know of many Jews who have become Christians, not to mention, Orthodox.

I just finished "The Exiles of the Cebenna", and I'm starting "How the Irish Saved Civilization".
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« Reply #1429 on: August 12, 2010, 09:55:01 PM »

"On the cruelty of really teaching computing science" by Edsger Wybe Dijkstra
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"On the cruelty of really teaching computing science" by Edsger Wybe Dijkstra
this sounds like a really great book, but I didn't find it listed on Amazon. Do you have the ISBN?
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"On the cruelty of really teaching computing science" by Edsger Wybe Dijkstra
this sounds like a really great book, but I didn't find it listed on Amazon. Do you have the ISBN?
It is actually just a short paper he wrote in the late 80s.  Not sure if it has been published, but it can be found in the Dijkstra Archive:  http://www.cs.utexas.edu/users/EWD/ewd10xx/EWD1036.PDF
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« Reply #1432 on: August 13, 2010, 01:36:11 AM »

Lucid Dreaming: A Concise Guide to Awakening in Your Dreams and in Your Life by Stephen LaBerge
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"On the cruelty of really teaching computing science" by Edsger Wybe Dijkstra
this sounds like a really great book, but I didn't find it listed on Amazon. Do you have the ISBN?
It is actually just a short paper he wrote in the late 80s.  Not sure if it has been published, but it can be found in the Dijkstra Archive:  http://www.cs.utexas.edu/users/EWD/ewd10xx/EWD1036.PDF

What text do you use nowadays for intro students? I was privileged to work through an older edition of:

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« Reply #1434 on: August 13, 2010, 07:29:53 AM »

Lucid Dreaming: A Concise Guide to Awakening in Your Dreams and in Your Life by Stephen LaBerge

One of the benefits of sleep I find is the loss of consciousness. I always find myself incredibly disappointed upon waking if I remember having dreamt.
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« Reply #1435 on: August 13, 2010, 09:07:48 AM »

The Brothers Karamazov.  I can't believe I made it to thirty without reading an entire novel by Dostoyevsky.

Same here, exactly!  I'm about 200 pages from the end and loving it as I've not loved any other work of fiction.

Also reading Alaskan Missionary Spirituality (for a class this Fall), Meyendorff's book on Palamas and Palamas' sermons (ditto), and Peaceful Journey: A Hospice Chaplain's Guide to End of Life.
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Commentary on Galatians by Fr. Paul Nadim Tarazi

My prof from last year!  What'd you think of that?
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From Publishers Weekly
In the first half of the 19th century, some three million Irish emigrated to America, trading a ruling elite of Anglo-Irish Anglicans for one of WASPs. The Irish immigrants were (self-evidently) not Anglo-Saxon; most were not Protestant; and, as far as many of the nativists were concerned, they weren't white, either. Just how, in the years surrounding the Civil War, the Irish evolved from an oppressed, unwelcome social class to become part of a white racial class is the focus of Harvard lecturer Ignatiev's well-researched, intriguing although haphazardly structured book.


Very interesting little book.  Provides some insight into why this fella was so ticked off all the time...

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« Reply #1438 on: August 13, 2010, 02:34:44 PM »

"On the cruelty of really teaching computing science" by Edsger Wybe Dijkstra
this sounds like a really great book, but I didn't find it listed on Amazon. Do you have the ISBN?
It is actually just a short paper he wrote in the late 80s.  Not sure if it has been published, but it can be found in the Dijkstra Archive:  http://www.cs.utexas.edu/users/EWD/ewd10xx/EWD1036.PDF
Thanks for this link.
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« Reply #1439 on: August 13, 2010, 03:46:48 PM »

What text do you use nowadays for intro students? I was privileged to work through an older edition of:


Intro courses are really fragmented these days I find, but you will still find the 2nd edition of the Wizard book used now and then.

How to Design Programs: An Introduction to Programming and Computing by Matthias Felleisen, Robert Bruce Findler, Matthew Flatt, & Shriram Krishnamurthi
Mathematical Logic by George J. Tourlakis
Introduction to the Theory of Computation by Michael Sipser

Those were a few of the first year books I had.  I was lucky enough to have rather theoretical professors, rather than the more applied "software engineering" (shudders) professors.
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