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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #4275 on: December 15, 2014, 06:49:27 PM »
 not 'reading'  in this case; but 2, or maybe 3 of 'The Chronicles of Narnia' can be seen at no charge from 'putlocker....'
The Lion, the witch and the wardrobe;
and
The voyage of the Dawn Treader.

I've read and re-read the series umpteen times, and the videos are pretty good.

C.S.Lewis has been described as the most Orthodox of Anglicans. [note: capital 'O']
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #4276 on: December 15, 2014, 09:19:06 PM »
ok, thanks. I'll go w. the bros.

The 'bros' is great, but long! I'd personally recommend 'Crime and Punishment' if you haven't read it. It's a great read, and not too cumbersome. Then read Karamazov if you liked the first... although in my opinion, you can't really go wrong with Dostoevsky, period.

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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #4277 on: December 15, 2014, 09:25:53 PM »
  along a similar line might be Karen Armstrong's book "The case for God."
There is or was, an internet video of her going through the argument of the book; the sound was of rather poor quality, but the content was interesting.

I own the book, and am just listening to the audiobook during my commute. She really knows her stuff, and is a wonderful writer!

I'd say that this, as well as David Bentley Hart's most recent book, "The Experience of God", are two of the best recent defenses of religion, and theism in particular, and serve as much needed responses to the militant (and often largely uninformed) atheistic books that are currently so popular.
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« Reply #4278 on: December 16, 2014, 12:39:54 AM »
The Republic, and while I do, I am going to read Aristotle's "Categories". It is perhaps the most important of all Aristotle gave us. It is about first principles and Being. Without it you cannot properly understand what Aristotle is saying. And I think it is good to read Republic before "Politics" since it came first. I'd like to read Aristotle's "On Famous Epileptics". I am sure I can find it online.
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #4279 on: December 16, 2014, 01:26:11 AM »
One Man Tango by Anthony Quinn

This is Anthony Quinn's autobiography - my favorite actor, along with Robert Duvall. The book is a masterpiece really. The account of his attempted seduction by Mae West is worth the read alone, and that’s hardly the best part. But this book is by no means another tired account of the escapades and exploits of a Hollywood star. Anthony Quinn’s writing is poetic, introspective, philosophical, self-effacing, and redemptive. The man wrote as well as he acted, bearing his heart and soul with every sentence. Anthony Quinn lived a life that transcended anything that could be captured in a novel or on film. There are plenty of lurid details in here, but he writes with a raw honesty that never seems sensational or exploitative. Anthony Quinn was the quintessential "man's man," but he seemed to have a soft and genuine soul. He was a true artist, and quite a versatile artist as well - an actor, a writer, a painter and a sculptor. This book is one of the most fascinating autobiographies I've ever read. What joyful discovery. I highly recommend it!





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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #4280 on: December 16, 2014, 06:29:56 AM »


Just got this through a Secret Santa exchange (shows the kind of crew I run with...). I haven't started on it yet, of course, but it's definitely jumping the queue. ;)
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« Reply #4281 on: December 17, 2014, 06:37:46 AM »


Just got this through a Secret Santa exchange (shows the kind of crew I run with...). I haven't started on it yet, of course, but it's definitely jumping the queue. ;)

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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #4282 on: December 17, 2014, 12:33:25 PM »
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #4283 on: December 18, 2014, 02:57:48 AM »
History of the Christian Church, by Philip Schaff
Ante-Nicene Fathers, Vol. 1: The Apostolic Fathers with Justin Martyr and Irenaeus

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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #4284 on: December 18, 2014, 04:34:04 AM »
History of the Christian Church, by Philip Schaff
Ante-Nicene Fathers, Vol. 1: The Apostolic Fathers with Justin Martyr and Irenaeus

How's Shaff's history? Is it too 'Protestant' or is it academically sound on the whole?
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #4285 on: December 18, 2014, 11:11:14 AM »
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #4286 on: December 18, 2014, 11:49:23 AM »
Listening audio version of The Everlasting Man by  G. K. Chesterton

It is hard to stay focused on it at times but very interesting.

Loved this bit...

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Then my companion said to
me: 'Do you know why the spire of that church goes up like that, I
expressed a respectable agnosticism, and he answered in an off-hand way,
'Oh, the same as the obelisks; the Phallic Worship of antiquity.' Then I
looked across at him suddenly as he lay there leering above his goatlike
beard; and for the moment I thought he was not Pan but the Devil. No
mortal words can express the immense, the insane incongruity and
unnatural perversion of thought involved in saying such a thing at such
a moment and in such a place. For one moment I was in the mood in which
men burned witches; and then a sense of absurdity equally enormous
seemed to open about me like a dawn. 'Why, of course,' I said after a
moment's reflection, 'if it hadn't been for phallic worship, they would
have built the spire pointing downwards and standing on its own apex.'

LOL

PS: Since it is out of copyright, the text can be obtained for free here for anyone interested.
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #4287 on: December 19, 2014, 03:18:38 AM »
Listening audio version of The Everlasting Man by  G. K. Chesterton

It is hard to stay focused on it at times but very interesting.

Loved this bit...

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Then my companion said to
me: 'Do you know why the spire of that church goes up like that, I
expressed a respectable agnosticism, and he answered in an off-hand way,
'Oh, the same as the obelisks; the Phallic Worship of antiquity.' Then I
looked across at him suddenly as he lay there leering above his goatlike
beard; and for the moment I thought he was not Pan but the Devil. No
mortal words can express the immense, the insane incongruity and
unnatural perversion of thought involved in saying such a thing at such
a moment and in such a place. For one moment I was in the mood in which
men burned witches; and then a sense of absurdity equally enormous
seemed to open about me like a dawn. 'Why, of course,' I said after a
moment's reflection, 'if it hadn't been for phallic worship, they would
have built the spire pointing downwards and standing on its own apex.'

LOL

PS: Since it is out of copyright, the text can be obtained for free here for anyone interested.

Chesterton is wonderful!


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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #4288 on: December 25, 2014, 05:43:36 PM »
Wounded by Love by Elder Porphyrios

A bit mixed feelings. It sure is impressive but some of the things he's writing are a bit outlandish. I guess I'm turning normal again. Few years ago this would have made me run into a nearest  monastery.
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« Reply #4289 on: December 25, 2014, 05:53:27 PM »
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #4290 on: December 27, 2014, 01:51:42 PM »
Wounded by Love by Elder Porphyrios

A bit mixed feelings. It sure is impressive but some of the things he's writing are a bit outlandish. I guess I'm turning normal again. Few years ago this would have made me run into a nearest  monastery.

What do you find "outlandish"? 
Please don't project meta-debates onto me.

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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #4291 on: December 31, 2014, 03:56:06 PM »
Just got this today, three chapters in and it i fantastic


Volume 1 will be great as well, when i get it
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #4292 on: December 31, 2014, 05:16:44 PM »


I skimmed the early history chapters (1000 BC-451 AD) because I already know about all of that. I skipped the history of Islam and the Oriental Churches, Nestorian and Miaphysite and will come back to them later. I'm on the rise of early Western Latin Christianity, and I am currently reading about St. Augustine.

It's pretty good for a single volume work on Church History, especially considering the range of the material MacCulloch covers.
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« Reply #4293 on: January 01, 2015, 08:18:06 AM »
Just got this today, three chapters in and it i fantastic


Volume 1 will be great as well, when i get it

Heard he was a proper drunk.
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #4294 on: January 01, 2015, 08:29:11 AM »
Annuals. Lots of them.
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #4295 on: January 01, 2015, 08:41:42 AM »
G.K. Chesterson - Orthodoxy

I keep coming to this fron time to time and every time nit seems sheer brilliance but for sone reasom I seem to be able to read only few pages at the time. I don't whether it's the ebook, the language or what. Is it somehow more complicated or old-fashioned language than usual? Usually I don't have any problems reading books in English be they academic or whatnot.

Wounded by Love by Elder Porphyrios

A bit mixed feelings. It sure is impressive but some of the things he's writing are a bit outlandish. I guess I'm turning normal again. Few years ago this would have made me run into a nearest  monastery.

What do you find "outlandish"?  

The overwhelming emphasis on love and some seemingly charismatic experiences he described. The first one is probably right and fitting but I hadn't encountered that kind of rhetorics in Orthodoxy before. The latter ones were just... weird.
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« Reply #4296 on: January 02, 2015, 01:41:55 AM »
Just got this today, three chapters in and it i fantastic


Volume 1 will be great as well, when i get it

Heard he was a proper drunk.

that he was, and proud of it

and in the book, it mentioned how people preferred Sir John A Macdonald drunk to George Brown sober

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« Reply #4297 on: January 02, 2015, 01:48:06 AM »
Alas that those days of open dependency have passed.
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #4298 on: January 02, 2015, 02:38:53 AM »

Wounded by Love by Elder Porphyrios

A bit mixed feelings. It sure is impressive but some of the things he's writing are a bit outlandish. I guess I'm turning normal again. Few years ago this would have made me run into a nearest  monastery.

What do you find "outlandish"?  

The overwhelming emphasis on love and some seemingly charismatic experiences he described. The first one is probably right and fitting but I hadn't encountered that kind of rhetorics in Orthodoxy before. The latter ones were just... weird.


It's in the same vein as the writings of St. Symeon the New Theologian.
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #4299 on: January 02, 2015, 08:10:07 AM »
not so much 'what is everyone reading'  buut
'how is everyone reading it?'

Kindle, anyone?
thoughts, opinions &c.?

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« Reply #4300 on: January 02, 2015, 08:24:23 AM »
not so much 'what is everyone reading'  buut
'how is everyone reading it?'

Kindle, anyone?
thoughts, opinions &c.?



Hardcopy.  The last books I read on a Kindle were a textbook and some random novels my wife downloaded.  I don't care for e-reading.
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #4301 on: January 02, 2015, 08:27:15 AM »
not so much 'what is everyone reading'  buut
'how is everyone reading it?'

Kindle, anyone?
thoughts, opinions &c.?

I love my Kindles (I have a 3rd gen reader that's holding up just fine since 2010, and a first gen Fire). I have hundreds of dead tree books as well, but physical space goes at a much higher premium than the digital kind. My Orthodox study has been tremendously enhanced by ebooks.
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #4302 on: January 02, 2015, 08:31:36 AM »
vis a vis your reading 'annuals: lots of them'
is that at the expense of perennials, perhaps?
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« Reply #4303 on: January 02, 2015, 08:35:37 AM »
vis a vis your reading 'annuals: lots of them'
is that at the expense of perennials, perhaps?

LOL :D I always find it hard to explain annuals to non-Brits - apparently they're a very peculiar part of local culture. I've been engrossed in a few years' worth of Horrible Histories annuals, the latest edition of which is this.
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« Reply #4304 on: January 02, 2015, 08:41:12 AM »
interesting that the Kindle edn. is 10p [only 10p] cheaper than  the hard copy.
Of course, I don't know what S+H within the UK is.....

Those spikes must be agony on your ankles and calves.....  :(
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« Reply #4305 on: January 02, 2015, 08:44:34 AM »
interesting that the Kindle edn. is 10p [only 10p] cheaper than  the hard copy.
Of course, I don't know what S+H within the UK is.....

Annuals, despite their lasting value, are handled like calendar stuff. Their prices (which can be very low to start with; hard copies can be got in shops for as little as £1.99) really plummet as the years pass. Past year editions can be got for a penny on Marketplace.

Those spikes must be agony on your ankles and calves.....  :(

The ideal heel height depends on the curve of the arch. ;) I can run on 1.5-2 inches.
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« Reply #4306 on: January 02, 2015, 08:49:30 AM »
unlike vintage wines; the prices go up every year, quite substantially in some cases.
 that must be why St. Paul told Timothy 'drink a little [!] wine for your stomach's sake.'
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« Reply #4307 on: January 02, 2015, 08:51:28 AM »


I have wanted to read these for quite some time and I finally got the first book for Christmas (I probably should have wished for the second book as well, since it's a continuation of the first). Anyway, so far, it has certainly lived up to my expectations.
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« Reply #4308 on: January 02, 2015, 10:02:43 AM »


I have wanted to read these for quite some time and I finally got the first book for Christmas (I probably should have wished for the second book as well, since it's a continuation of the first). Anyway, so far, it has certainly lived up to my expectations.

Pratchett is always good value for money. :) I found The Light Fantastic a tad anticlimactic, but hey, those were his first books. The series really took off from Equal Rites onwards. You'll find you'll like books more or less depending on who turns out to be your favourite character(s). (Death and Susan FTW!)
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« Reply #4309 on: January 02, 2015, 11:43:10 AM »
It's in the same vein as the writings of St. Symeon the New Theologian.

Any specific passages? Did he experience some kind of ecstatic state when he couldn't control his movements?
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #4310 on: January 02, 2015, 02:25:53 PM »
re online texts: I like using them until I get the physical copy to really read, such as the ebook sufficing for a class text until i am able to have my physical copy.


In addition, not having to lug around books, and quicker search.


Simply, i prefer to read physical copies, but to refer to digital

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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #4311 on: January 02, 2015, 02:45:56 PM »
not so much 'what is everyone reading'  buut
'how is everyone reading it?'

Kindle, anyone?
thoughts, opinions &c.?



Mine is Hardcover. It's a former library book from the UK.
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #4312 on: January 02, 2015, 03:42:57 PM »


I have wanted to read these for quite some time and I finally got the first book for Christmas (I probably should have wished for the second book as well, since it's a continuation of the first). Anyway, so far, it has certainly lived up to my expectations.

That's a good book, and a good series. :)
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #4313 on: January 02, 2015, 03:42:57 PM »
Got lots of fantasy and mystery books for Christmas. Also just finished "Beyond Catch and Release," by Paul Guernsey. It's about fishing, and some interesting things fishers can do to promote conservation.
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #4314 on: January 02, 2015, 04:21:14 PM »
History of the Christian Church, by Philip Schaff
Ante-Nicene Fathers, Vol. 1: The Apostolic Fathers with Justin Martyr and Irenaeus

How's Shaff's history? Is it too 'Protestant' or is it academically sound on the whole?

I like it so far, though I am only very slowly working through it. I wouldn't say it was difficult material/content, but the overall layout and presentation of the info is less popular-level than most of the other stuff I've read dealing with church history. It has an obvious Protestant bias (two sacraments acknowledged, iconoclasm, etc.), but I haven't found it too distracting or annoying. I think I paid $2 for the kindle version, and I'm sure it's available for free around the web.

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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #4315 on: January 02, 2015, 05:13:19 PM »


I have wanted to read these for quite some time and I finally got the first book for Christmas (I probably should have wished for the second book as well, since it's a continuation of the first). Anyway, so far, it has certainly lived up to my expectations.

Pratchett is always good value for money. :) I found The Light Fantastic a tad anticlimactic, but hey, those were his first books. The series really took off from Equal Rites onwards. You'll find you'll like books more or less depending on who turns out to be your favourite character(s). (Death and Susan FTW!)

Already now I can see why he is so popular. His writing style is very enjoyable.  :) I especially look forward to the City Watch series, since I've heard those should be really popular.
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #4316 on: January 02, 2015, 07:35:54 PM »
Sailing to Sarantium
and its sequel;
Lord of Emperors.

Guy Gavriel Kay.

Sarantium  is his fictional version of Byzantium; and the 'emperor' is Justinian.

fiction, of course, but well researched - almost the 'real thing'.
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #4317 on: January 02, 2015, 07:51:13 PM »
Guy Gavriel Kay is very, very good, and very, very underrated.
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #4318 on: January 02, 2015, 08:00:22 PM »
and a Canajun, eh?
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #4319 on: January 02, 2015, 08:02:26 PM »
and a Canajun, eh?

Which probably has something to do with the underratedness.
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