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« Reply #3780 on: February 20, 2014, 12:48:44 AM »

Are you a seminarian?

Nah, I'm just in a religious studies program.

Improper use of the word just. Based on your posts, you are in a rather interesting and productive program, or at least you have managed to engineer it into one.
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« Reply #3781 on: February 20, 2014, 01:08:12 AM »

Are you a seminarian?

Nah, I'm just in a religious studies program.

Improper use of the word just. Based on your posts, you are in a rather interesting and productive program, or at least you have managed to engineer it into one.

Yeah, I suppose you're right. Even if I might have preferred some similar programs at other universities more, I wouldn't choose a seminary (or a seminarian's life) over this. I'm used to lying low about my program since it's not medicine or law.
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« Reply #3782 on: February 20, 2014, 01:19:19 AM »

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Nah, I'm just in a religious studies program.



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« Reply #3784 on: February 22, 2014, 12:33:11 AM »

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« Reply #3785 on: February 25, 2014, 04:45:17 PM »



So far as I can tell (I've read about 30 pages and looked over the indexes in the back) it's a popular level book discussing the translation of the Hebrew Old Testament into English, and what problems exist in making such translations. I have only had one significant objection to an argument/point he makes, though even in that I'm fairly uncertain as to whether I am right to object or not. Overall it's been fairly interesting so far; though I haven't read that many books of this type (a gap I will rectify in March  Cool ), so I have little to compare it to.
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« Reply #3787 on: February 25, 2014, 07:10:16 PM »

I love thesis/dissertation titles.  Every word counts in the word count. 
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« Reply #3788 on: February 25, 2014, 09:28:34 PM »

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« Reply #3789 on: February 27, 2014, 01:09:25 AM »

The City of God, by St. Augustine

Consolation of Philosophy, by Boethius

And for a Latin look on the Orthodox view that might prove decent I am going to try soon

Contra Errores Graecorum (Against the Errors of the Greeks) by St. Thomas Aquinas

In fact I think I'll start on it now.
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« Reply #3790 on: February 27, 2014, 01:17:49 AM »

On second thought it's going to take a moment when I do not have deep reading for school and a paper due soon. He begins by stating though that the Father is not the cause of the Son and Holy Spirit, but the principle or origin. And then it goes on into various distinctions, no doubt to defend the Filioque. This takes some real depth of thought, especially for a Latin looking to the Byzantines.
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« Reply #3791 on: February 27, 2014, 01:31:07 AM »

...Overall it's been fairly interesting so far...

Never mind, I take back what I said in that post. I ended up hating this book.
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« Reply #3792 on: February 28, 2014, 03:06:12 PM »

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« Reply #3793 on: February 28, 2014, 05:05:12 PM »

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« Reply #3794 on: February 28, 2014, 05:12:27 PM »

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« Reply #3795 on: February 28, 2014, 05:14:11 PM »

Puistohomot by Valdemar Melanko (A research on homosexual subculture in Helsinki during the late 1960's)
Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity and Poverty by Daron Acemoglu, James Robinson

For some reason I tend to read only non-fiction nowadays. Few years ago it was other way around as I didn't read any non-fiction on my free time. I guess I've gotten old or something.
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« Reply #3796 on: February 28, 2014, 05:16:00 PM »

Puistohomot by Valdemar Melanko (A research on homosexual subculture in Helsinki during the late 1960's)

Is it available in English?
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Puistohomot by Valdemar Melanko (A research on homosexual subculture in Helsinki during the late 1960's)

Is it available in English?

I doubt that. It was conducted during the 60's but it wasn't published until 2012. Actually I'm not even sure whether the research was ever finished as the book seems to be a collection of letters between author and some others where the author descripes his observations. Homosexuality was still illegal and frowned-upon in those days so it's quite interesting to read how gays tried to cope with the situation.
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« Reply #3798 on: February 28, 2014, 05:33:16 PM »

Persuasion by Jane Austen.  The local library is having a book discussion and serving tea so I'm re-reading it for the 5th time.
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« Reply #3799 on: February 28, 2014, 05:41:51 PM »

Too bad that my parents don't have a detached house in the countryside anymore. Sometimes I long for the days when I didn't have any responsibilities nor anything else to do but just read, read and read. There wasn't much else to do in a little town with 2,000 or so inhabitants. It was fun up to a point though.
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« Reply #3800 on: February 28, 2014, 09:37:28 PM »

The Life and Campaigns of Stonewall Jackson by Robert Lewis Dabney

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« Reply #3801 on: February 28, 2014, 09:46:02 PM »

 Just read "the silence if the animals" by John Gray. Quite an easy , readable essay . The guy's a professional skeptic/cynic and in my darker days I'm not denying all that rehashed stoicism plus Schopenhauer plus Epicure pus Freud etc doesn't hold a certain attraction. To me Christian asceticism at least in the way I encountered it never seemed attractive . But I can't deny that the idea of a certain godless sort of contemplation is something at least when you are older a x don't have to worry about your food and shelter.
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« Reply #3802 on: February 28, 2014, 10:49:56 PM »

Persuasion by Jane Austen.  The local library is having a book discussion and serving tea so I'm re-reading it for the 5th time.

I recall that this was my favorite. I read all of her books twice except Northanger Abbey (I stopped midway the second time).
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« Reply #3803 on: March 01, 2014, 06:55:13 AM »

Edmund Burke - Reflections on the Revolution in France
Plato - The Laws
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« Reply #3804 on: March 01, 2014, 07:24:08 AM »

Edmund Burke - Reflections on the Revolution in France

Any thoughts on this? I've been thinking that maybe I should read something from Burke since I'd like to get some theoretical and historical background for my political conservatism.
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« Reply #3805 on: March 01, 2014, 07:26:23 AM »

Edmund Burke - Reflections on the Revolution in France

Any thoughts on this? I've been thinking that maybe I should read something from Burke since I'd like to get some theoretical and historical background for my political conservatism.

He does have a way with words, but you should have some background knowledge on the revolutions of 1688 and 1789 or you won't understand half of it.
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« Reply #3806 on: March 02, 2014, 01:16:06 PM »

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« Reply #3808 on: March 04, 2014, 04:49:10 AM »

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With some work this could be turned into a great pick up line for use at OCF meetings...
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« Reply #3809 on: March 04, 2014, 03:31:41 PM »

Mother Teresa: Her Essential Wisdom
The Third--And Possibly the Best--637 Things Anybody Ever Said
The Joy of the Gospel, by Pope Francis

The first two are Sayings-style books. I expect that they will increase my productivity during the 30 second intervals I usually spend sitting here staring at my monitor, waiting to refresh oc.net to see if there are any new posts.
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« Reply #3810 on: March 04, 2014, 03:36:37 PM »

Christian America and the Kingdom of God; Richard T. Hughes

It disputes the popular claim that America is a Christian nation, and likewise traces the theological and historical origins of this popular myth.
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« Reply #3811 on: March 04, 2014, 04:14:42 PM »

The Life and Campaigns of Stonewall Jackson by Robert Lewis Dabney

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Very nice! What did you think of it? I like it so far. I've always been fascinated by Stonewall Jackson and it very interesting to read a portrait of him written by someone who knew him personally.
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« Reply #3812 on: March 04, 2014, 07:36:23 PM »

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« Reply #3813 on: March 04, 2014, 09:12:41 PM »

I finished "Creation and the Patriarchal Histories: Orthodox Christian Reflections on the Book of Genesis" last week and found it really interesting and edifying. Just started "The Apocalypse of St. John: A Revelation of Love and Power" and I really like it so far.
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« Reply #3814 on: March 05, 2014, 01:03:27 AM »

The Life and Campaigns of Stonewall Jackson by Robert Lewis Dabney

I sent my copy of this book to our brother GabrieltheCelt a few weeks ago.   Smiley


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Very nice! What did you think of it? I like it so far. I've always been fascinated by Stonewall Jackson and it very interesting to read a portrait of him written by someone who knew him personally.

I didn't get all the way through it, but I enjoyed the parts that I read. I remain deeply conflicted about men like Stonewall Jackson and Robert E. Lee. They were such God-fearing and honorable Christian men on one level, but I just cannot reconcile fighting to defend slavery with Christian discipleship. And I know that people will say that the Civil War wasn't about slavery, etc., but I don't buy that. It was about slavery, at least if you were a slave. There are also people who seem to be honest, God-fearing people who defend the legality of abortion; but I can't reconcile that with Christian discipleship either. Some things are simply evil, and no Christian should defend them. Just my opinion.


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The Life and Campaigns of Stonewall Jackson by Robert Lewis Dabney

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Very nice! What did you think of it? I like it so far. I've always been fascinated by Stonewall Jackson and it very interesting to read a portrait of him written by someone who knew him personally.

I didn't get all the way through it, but I enjoyed the parts that I read. I remain deeply conflicted about men like Stonewall Jackson and Robert E. Lee. They were such God-fearing and honorable Christian men on one level, but I just cannot reconcile fighting to defend slavery with Christian discipleship. And I know that people will say that the Civil War wasn't about slavery, etc., but I don't buy that. It was about slavery, at least if you were a slave. There are also people who seem to be honest, God-fearing people who defend the legality of abortion; but I can't reconcile that with Christian discipleship either. Some things are simply evil, and no Christian should defend them. Just my opinion.


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I agree with you. I have the same sentiments about Jackson. His faith is inspiring, as was his constant struggle to improve himself. However, like you, I've never been sympathetic to the cause of the Confederacy. Slavery is deplorable. I'm also very conflicted about someone like Jackson, which is why I was curious about your input. Perhaps he was simply a product of the times.
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« Reply #3816 on: March 06, 2014, 11:43:10 PM »

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« Reply #3817 on: March 07, 2014, 12:09:56 PM »

Starting this weekend...

Early Biblical Interpretation, by Kugel and Greer
A Translator's Freedom: Modern English Bibles And Their Language, by Cecil Hargreaves
Bible Translations And How To Choose Between Them, by Alan S. Duthie
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« Reply #3819 on: March 07, 2014, 01:30:51 PM »

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« Reply #3820 on: March 07, 2014, 06:38:48 PM »

The Qur'an! Yes! Well, for school, but yes, the Muslim scripture.

But also Exodus for Lent. I will also try and read Mark and Luke since I recently read Matthew and John, and may try and re-read Revelation. Just did an essay for class drawing heavily from Revelation. It's an amazing book, especially when you get out the end-times obsessing of Protestantism. It combines a mysterious answer to the question of the Eternal Mysteries.
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Cod: A Biography of the Fish that Changed the World
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Cod: A Biography of the Fish that Changed the World

Let me know what you think of it.  It's been a long time since I went to a bookstore and looked at the merchandise, but I remember seeing this (and similar books about coffee, salt, the Latin, French, and English languages, etc.) and thinking that I would enjoy it. 
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« Reply #3823 on: March 08, 2014, 12:27:12 AM »

Cod: A Biography of the Fish that Changed the World

Let me know what you think of it.  It's been a long time since I went to a bookstore and looked at the merchandise, but I remember seeing this (and similar books about coffee, salt, the Latin, French, and English languages, etc.) and thinking that I would enjoy it.  
It was quite informative, in part because me being from the South, cod is not a big part of Southern cuisine, and it was actually quite a shock to realize how important cod was in the development of European colonialism and the early U.S. republic. Cod recipes are interspersed throughout the book (but in order to really cook good cod, you have to get fresh -- not frozen -- cod, which is hard to get). Part of the focus is on north Atlantic cod, especially in New England and Nova Scotia and Newfoundland, and how humans are trying to prevent cod from totally disappearing from overfishing.
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« Reply #3824 on: March 08, 2014, 01:18:45 AM »

The Latter of Divine Ascent.  The very first book my priest recommended to me after my conversion.  Smiley  Although, I don't know if St. John Climacus would approve of my smiley.  ;-)
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