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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #4141 on: September 09, 2014, 01:21:14 PM »
Being and Having: An Existentialist Diary, by Gabriel Marcel


I tried to read that once. But as I read it I kept thinking that it would be better to have a sandwich and a beer.


Selam

Much better his young peer Levinas.

I didn't actually try to read it. Just my weak attempt at humor.


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Kind of suspected that, and scanned for a "be" but missed it. :)
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #4142 on: September 09, 2014, 02:53:43 PM »
"Our Thoughts Determine Our Lives: The Life and Teachings of Elder Thaddeus of Vitovnica"

I like him very much.  I only wish I could emulate his teaching.
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #4143 on: September 09, 2014, 02:57:21 PM »
Homer's Iliad and Plutarch's Life of Phocion. The first I'm supposed to partly read in Greek for class, the latter I read for fun.
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #4144 on: September 09, 2014, 02:58:14 PM »
Very recommended.

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This reminds me of a question I've had (if it belongs in its own thread, may Yury do the needful).  

In a case like this, where we have books by Elder Ephraim and also books by his teacher Elder Joseph, or books by Elder Sophrony and books by St Silouan, what's the best way to read them?  Do you read forward, starting with the teacher and then with the student?  Or is there more value in going backward?  In some disciplines, the former is definitely what's required, but in this case I'm not sure.  What do you think?  
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #4145 on: September 09, 2014, 06:32:22 PM »
Summa Theologica for the next five weeks. The class discussion should be interesting after reading Chaucer. We ended our discussion today on this: Is the thing women desire more than anything to be in control of everything? If you know the Wife of Bath, it's bound to come up. Now it's time to discuss less serious questions like whether God is good and omnipotent.
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #4146 on: September 09, 2014, 06:38:07 PM »


I have exactly 2 weeks to go through its 700 pages. It's going to be a race.
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #4147 on: September 09, 2014, 06:40:47 PM »


I have exactly 2 weeks to go through its 700 pages. It's going to be a race.

Is that because it's for a class, or did you get it out of the library? :)
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #4148 on: September 09, 2014, 06:41:58 PM »


I have exactly 2 weeks to go through its 700 pages. It's going to be a race.

Is that because it's for a class, or did you get it out of the library? :)

Both :P
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #4149 on: September 09, 2014, 06:42:58 PM »


I have exactly 2 weeks to go through its 700 pages. It's going to be a race.

Is that because it's for a class, or did you get it out of the library? :)

Both :P

Aha! Well, good luck with it.  :)
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #4150 on: September 09, 2014, 07:08:18 PM »


I have exactly 2 weeks to go through its 700 pages. It's going to be a race.
How do you like it?

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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #4151 on: September 09, 2014, 07:17:34 PM »


I'm tired as hell today, and this is 800 pages.
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« Reply #4152 on: September 09, 2014, 07:46:51 PM »
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #4153 on: September 09, 2014, 10:16:37 PM »
Summa Theologica for the next five weeks. The class discussion should be interesting after reading Chaucer. We ended our discussion today on this: Is the thing women desire more than anything to be in control of everything? If you know the Wife of Bath, it's bound to come up. Now it's time to discuss less serious questions like whether God is good and omnipotent.

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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #4154 on: September 09, 2014, 10:36:09 PM »


Reading this book as a former Conservative and presently as a sinister and devious Progressive.
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #4155 on: September 09, 2014, 10:37:15 PM »
I had no idea Beck had written an autobiography. Interesting!

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« Reply #4156 on: September 09, 2014, 10:48:37 PM »
I had no idea Beck had written an autobiography. Interesting!

It's, as far as I know, the only book in which he attempts to make arguments.
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #4157 on: September 10, 2014, 05:41:21 AM »


I have exactly 2 weeks to go through its 700 pages. It's going to be a race.
How do you like it?

One-and-a-half chapters in, I like it a lot. Smooth, readable style and excellent page design. I should have no trouble making quota every day. ;D
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« Reply #4158 on: September 10, 2014, 12:41:25 PM »
Very recommended.

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This reminds me of a question I've had (if it belongs in its own thread, may Yury do the needful).  

In a case like this, where we have books by Elder Ephraim and also books by his teacher Elder Joseph, or books by Elder Sophrony and books by St Silouan, what's the best way to read them?  Do you read forward, starting with the teacher and then with the student?  Or is there more value in going backward?  In some disciplines, the former is definitely what's required, but in this case I'm not sure.  What do you think?  

There is one book by Elder Joseph which is a compilation of his letters, "Monastic Wisdom".  Then there is the book "Elder Joseph the Hesychast" written by Elder Joseph of Vatopedi.  Then there is "My Elder Joseph the Hesychast" by Elder Ephraim of Philotheou and Arizona.  "Counsels from the Holy Mountain" is a compilation of excerpts from letters written by Elder Ephraim and "Art of Salvation" is taken from Elder Ephraim's homilies.  If one has not read any of these books, I would start with "My Elder Joseph the Hesychast" which is the most complete Life of Elder Joseph and incorporates the material from the book written by Elder Joseph of Vatopedi.  Then, I would read "Monastic Wisdom", "Counsels from the Holy Mountain", and "Art of Salvation."  One thing that is nice about "Art of Salvation" is that the entries are more lengthy and perhaps more developed than what you find in either Elder Joseph's or Elder Ephraim's other books which contain shorter excerpts from their correspondence.  They are all wonderful books.  
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #4159 on: September 10, 2014, 01:42:47 PM »
There is one book by Elder Joseph which is a compilation of his letters, "Monastic Wisdom".  Then there is the book "Elder Joseph the Hesychast" written by Elder Joseph of Vatopedi.  Then there is "My Elder Joseph the Hesychast" by Elder Ephraim of Philotheou and Arizona.  "Counsels from the Holy Mountain" is a compilation of excerpts from letters written by Elder Ephraim and "Art of Salvation" is taken from Elder Ephraim's homilies.  If one has not read any of these books, I would start with "My Elder Joseph the Hesychast" which is the most complete Life of Elder Joseph and incorporates the material from the book written by Elder Joseph of Vatopedi.  Then, I would read "Monastic Wisdom", "Counsels from the Holy Mountain", and "Art of Salvation."  One thing that is nice about "Art of Salvation" is that the entries are more lengthy and perhaps more developed than what you find in either Elder Joseph's or Elder Ephraim's other books which contain shorter excerpts from their correspondence.  They are all wonderful books. 


Thanks for your help.  I have everything except the most recent book and now I've got a reading plan, so I'm good for a while.  :)
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I can't say I recommend it yet

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« Reply #4162 on: September 11, 2014, 08:27:28 AM »
I'm not reading this, but thought it interesting that this book exists.  It probably would be good to read.

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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #4163 on: September 11, 2014, 09:07:59 AM »
(RNS) Uber-atheist Sam Harris is getting all spiritual.

In his new book, “Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion,” the usually outspoken critic of religion describes how spirituality can and must be divorced from religion if the human mind is to reach its full potential.
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #4164 on: September 11, 2014, 09:10:40 AM »
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I wouldn't say Harris is getting spiritual, as he has always leaned towards certain practices and spiritual ideas, as well as humanities in general.

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« Reply #4167 on: September 16, 2014, 09:03:05 PM »
On the Summa. Moved on to "First Part of the Second Part", q. 74 which addresses sin. Then the "Treatise on Law, q. 90-97
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Re: What is everyone reading?
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« Reply #4171 on: September 21, 2014, 12:14:46 PM »
(RNS) Uber-atheist Sam Harris is getting all spiritual.

In his new book, “Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion,” the usually outspoken critic of religion describes how spirituality can and must be divorced from religion if the human mind is to reach its full potential.
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As far as I know, he's been practicing Vipassana meditation for many years, and regularly goes on retreats. I'm actually pretty interested in reading this book.

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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #4172 on: September 21, 2014, 02:08:38 PM »
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I've been looking through some back issues of 'Cat Fancy.' :)
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« Reply #4174 on: September 21, 2014, 03:17:01 PM »
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I didn't know you were into fiction.  :P

That book is a whole lot of monies.
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« Reply #4175 on: September 21, 2014, 03:30:09 PM »
Hans van Loon - The Dyophysite Christology of Cyril of Alexandria

I didn't know you were into fiction.  :P

A bit of fiction can't hurt every now and then.

That book is a whole lot of monies.

Quite. I got it out of the library. €200+ is a bit much to spend on one book.

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« Reply #4176 on: September 21, 2014, 03:41:20 PM »
Leafing through thesis resources lately (and always). Today it's Antoni Smieszek's "Some Hypotheses Concerning the Prehistory of the Coptic Vowels" (Nakladem Polskiej Akademji Umierjetnosci, Warsaw, 1936). I really wish I had this in digital format so that I could search it, but it's still really interesting. And I have to do something while I wait for my copy of Alastair Hamilton's "The Copts and the West, 1439-1822: The European Discovery of the Egyptian Church" to get here (it's not even being released in PB until October, so I pre-ordered it, because that book is a lot of monies too in its current format).
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« Reply #4177 on: September 21, 2014, 08:03:09 PM »
Bad poetry? On a writer's form I got a warning for telling a person that it's surprising they are a moderator with such banal, juvenile poetry. It's not like here you see--no warnings or progression to banning. They can ban you even for a mild "attack" on a moderator. Sorry if I read poetry with banal, overdone metaphors like

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The one I want

I see you on the horizon
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Well? What else can I say? I mean come on...but yeah that's what I am reading or was. The guy is a high schooler I think. I guess I could have been more "constructive" but it sort of slipped.  ;)
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Manchild In The Promised Land by Claude Brown

I first read this book when I was in the 8th grade. I discovered it on the shelves of the boarding school library I had been sent to when I was twelve years old. This book spoke to me in ways that few books ever have. It kept me sane during one of the bleakest periods in my life. I'm finally reading it again at the age of 46, and I'm enjoying it just as much as I did then.


From the Foreward:

I want to talk about the first Northern urban generation of Negroes. I want to talk about the experiences of a misplaced generation, or a misplaced people in an extremely complex, confused society. This is a story of their searching, their dreams, their sorrows, their small and futile rebellions, and their endless battle to establish their own place in America’s greatest metropolis – and in America itself.

The characters are sons and daughters of former Southern sharecroppers. These were the poorest people in the South, who poured into New York City during the decade following the Great Depression. These migrants were told that unlimited opportunities for prosperity existed in New York and that there was no “color problem” there. They were told that Negroes lived in houses with bathrooms, electricity, running water, and indoor toilets. To them, this was the “promised land” that Mammy had been singing about in the cotton fields for many years.

Going to New York was good-bye to the cotton fields, good-bye to “Massa Charlie,” good-bye to the chain gang, and, most of all, goodbye to those sunup-to-sundown working hours. One no longer had to wait to get to heaven to lay his burden down; burdens could be laid down in New York.

So, they came, from all parts of the South, like all the black chillun o’ God following the sound of Gabriel’s horn on that long-overdue Judgment Day. The Georgians came as soon as they were able to pick train fare off the peach trees. They came from South Carolina where the cotton stalks were bare. The North Carolinians came with tobacco tar beneath their fingernails.

They felt as the Pilgrims must have felt when they were coming to America. But those descendents of Ham must have been twice as happy as the Pilgrims, because they had been catching twice the hell. Even while planning the trip, they sang spirituals such as “Jesus Take My Hand” and “I’m on my way to the promised land!”

It seems that Cousin Willie, in his lying haste, had neglected to tell the folks down home about one of the most important aspects of the promised land: it was a slum ghetto. There was a tremendous difference in the way life was lived up North. There were too many people full of hate and bitterness crowded into a dirty, stinky, uncared-for closet-size section of a great city.

Before the soreness of the cotton fields had left Mama’s back, her knees were getting sore from scrubbing “Goldberg’s” floor. Nevertheless, she was better off; she had gone from the fire into the frying pan.

The children of these disillusioned colored pioneers inherited the total lot of their parents – the disappointments, the anger. To add to their misery, they had little hope of deliverance. For where does one run to when he’s already in the promised land?


~ CLAUDE BROWN ~
[ “Manchild In The Promised Land” ]


Selam
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« Reply #4179 on: September 25, 2014, 01:34:08 AM »



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« Reply #4180 on: September 25, 2014, 10:33:44 AM »
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« Reply #4181 on: September 26, 2014, 04:22:40 AM »
It is a great read. Better than the Bible I say!
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« Reply #4182 on: September 26, 2014, 07:42:42 AM »
It is a great read. Better than the Bible I say!

And more theologically insightful!

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« Reply #4183 on: September 26, 2014, 01:18:24 PM »
It is a great read. Better than the Bible I say!

And more theologically insightful!

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Not as good as the Quaran though. I enjoy the manic wisdom of Mohammed.
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #4184 on: September 26, 2014, 01:24:48 PM »
It is a great read. Better than the Bible I say!

And more theologically insightful!

Wat, I am I am, wat?

Not as good as the Quaran though. I enjoy the manic wisdom of Mohammed.

The Qur'an by itself is like reading very complicated, rhetorical Scientific jargon combined with a hateful rant from some white supremacist group. Except that while the Qur'an is useless, the Science is quite important. I recommend reading Tafasir or books like Bill Warner's if you want to get the gist of the book.
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