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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #4365 on: February 03, 2015, 01:58:52 AM »
I finished Ehrman's Lost Christianities, and I am now reading the Heresy of Orthodoxy.
Ehrman's credibility is all but gone these days. I would read something from a Christian scholar to provide a counterbalance.
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #4366 on: February 03, 2015, 02:02:56 AM »
I just finished The Merchant of Venice, next on my hit-list is "Macbeth," then "Dracula", and then the "The Brothers Karamazov" (probably in that order).

Over the weekend, I hope to read at least one Patristic work (probably "That Christ is One" by St. Cyril) and read through "The Crocodile" by Dostoevsky.
I'm also on a regimen to read the entirety of Scripture by the end of this year (something I should have done ages ago).
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #4367 on: February 03, 2015, 02:14:39 AM »
I finished Ehrman's Lost Christianities, and I am now reading the Heresy of Orthodoxy.
Ehrman's credibility is all but gone these days. I would read something from a Christian scholar to provide a counterbalance.

That's what the Heresy of Orthodoxy is. In fact, they are sort of counter to each other's theses.

Anyway, some of Ehrman's books are still useful, his Lost Scriptures, the book on the New Testament textual tradition he co-authored with Bruce Metzger, his work on Patristics, the Da Vinci Code and the existence of Jesus Christ are some good ones.

I agree that he's becoming more ideological in his writing as he goes on.
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #4368 on: February 03, 2015, 02:52:34 AM »
I finished Ehrman's Lost Christianities, and I am now reading the Heresy of Orthodoxy.
Ehrman's credibility is all but gone these days. I would read something from a Christian scholar to provide a counterbalance.

That's what the Heresy of Orthodoxy is. In fact, they are sort of counter to each other's theses.
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #4369 on: February 03, 2015, 02:42:23 PM »
I finished Ehrman's Lost Christianities, and I am now reading the Heresy of Orthodoxy.

Let me know how you like the latter.  I'm thinking of picking it up myself. 
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #4370 on: February 03, 2015, 02:58:01 PM »
I finished Ehrman's Lost Christianities, and I am now reading the Heresy of Orthodoxy.

Let me know how you like the latter.  I'm thinking of picking it up myself. 

The first part of the book is pretty good, it shows the sweeping conclusions of the Bauer-Ehrman thesis without the evidence to support it but at the same time the book seems to make a few presuppositions that could be disputed as well.

The second part is about the canon of Scripture, which really isn't a big deal unless you're a Protestant who doesn't know Church history in my opinion.

I haven't gotten to the third part, which is about the manuscript tradition.
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #4371 on: February 03, 2015, 09:48:11 PM »
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #4372 on: February 04, 2015, 10:52:06 AM »
I just finished The Merchant of Venice, next on my hit-list is "Macbeth," then "Dracula", and then the "The Brothers Karamazov" (probably in that order).

Over the weekend, I hope to read at least one Patristic work (probably "That Christ is One" by St. Cyril) and read through "The Crocodile" by Dostoevsky.
Actually, I just picked up Severus of Antioch by Pauline Allen and CTR Hayward from my university library, so I might get to that first. It's been a bit of a while since I've read anything by St. Severus.
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #4373 on: February 04, 2015, 02:05:55 PM »
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #4374 on: February 04, 2015, 02:23:09 PM »
Also, Our Thoughts Determine Our Lives: The Life and Teachings of Elder Thaddeus of Vitovnica
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #4375 on: February 04, 2015, 03:59:59 PM »
Also, Our Thoughts Determine Our Lives: The Life and Teachings of Elder Thaddeus of Vitovnica

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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #4376 on: February 04, 2015, 07:17:34 PM »
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #4377 on: February 04, 2015, 08:05:24 PM »
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #4378 on: February 04, 2015, 10:04:24 PM »
Catullus' poetry.
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #4379 on: February 04, 2015, 11:36:51 PM »
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #4380 on: February 06, 2015, 01:51:12 PM »
I'm on the last few chapters of Elder Ephraims new English translated book. The printed is at his new york monastery and they sell it for around $45. If you want it cheaper, buy it from Elder Ephraims monastery in Arizona - he said he wanted it sold cheaper because he just wanted people to read it. It's a good book, a series of his homilies on different subjects.


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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #4381 on: February 06, 2015, 02:09:31 PM »
The Great Gatsby

Saw the movie some years ago. The book seems interesting too.
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #4382 on: February 06, 2015, 02:13:41 PM »
I read the last chapter of The Heresy of Orthodoxy, and it was pretty good.

I have to say that to anyone who has already studied these issues, there isn't much more to tell. Some interesting gems here and there, but it's nothing someone who is already versed in the early Fathers, early Christian history and textual criticism wouldn't already know.

That being said, the book is written by Protestants, and it espouses a Protestant bias that it tries to hide, but fails.
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #4383 on: February 06, 2015, 07:14:24 PM »
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« Reply #4384 on: February 14, 2015, 03:04:32 PM »
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #4385 on: February 15, 2015, 09:18:34 PM »
Da quod iubes et iube quod vis.

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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #4386 on: February 24, 2015, 03:28:31 PM »
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« Reply #4387 on: February 24, 2015, 03:41:20 PM »
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #4388 on: February 24, 2015, 03:42:25 PM »
The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde.

Great stuff.

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« Reply #4389 on: February 24, 2015, 03:45:17 PM »
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #4390 on: February 24, 2015, 08:44:14 PM »
I'm about finished reading "The Rape of Nanking" by Iris Chang. I never want to read it again.
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« Reply #4391 on: February 24, 2015, 09:04:40 PM »
I'm on the last few chapters of Elder Ephraims new English translated book. The printed is at his new york monastery and they sell it for around $45. If you want it cheaper, buy it from Elder Ephraims monastery in Arizona - he said he wanted it sold cheaper because he just wanted people to read it. It's a good book, a series of his homilies on different subjects.



I'm reading this as well, but I have the Greek book  :) I found it at my grandmothers house.
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #4392 on: February 24, 2015, 09:13:52 PM »
Finished A Simple Heart by Gustave Flaubert. It's really good... and sad.
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« Reply #4393 on: February 26, 2015, 05:27:00 PM »
The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde.

Great stuff.

My all time favourite piece of literature.

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« Reply #4394 on: February 28, 2015, 12:05:37 PM »
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.

She had all the vices that plague female writers to this very day.

The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde.

Great stuff.

My all time favourite piece of literature.

It certainly was an amusing piece of literature, but favourite might be a stretch.
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« Reply #4395 on: February 28, 2015, 12:09:07 PM »
Words on the screen  :laugh:
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« Reply #4396 on: February 28, 2015, 12:14:14 PM »
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« Reply #4397 on: February 28, 2015, 02:02:14 PM »
Dostoyevsky's The Idiot. And whatever writing of others I critique at the writer's forum. And my own ongoing novel, which takes a lot of dedication. My epilepsy had damaged the part of my brain that deals with language, and so I make a lot of errors, like typing "our" instead of "are", and not being able to spell words I used to be able to spell. I get the letters confused and backwards. So it makes for extra hard editing. But I am superior in the creative party of the brain and the part that deals with eloquence and skill in writing. Those with my condition, like Dostoyevsky, often are geniuses in certain subjects, like writing, politics, etc. And well, it takes a lot reading over and over to write a novel.
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« Reply #4398 on: February 28, 2015, 02:09:03 PM »

@wainscottbl: it might help[ your spelling if you downloaded a Microsoft Spell-check.
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« Reply #4399 on: February 28, 2015, 02:13:30 PM »

@wainscottbl: it might help[ your spelling if you downloaded a Microsoft Spell-check.
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I have that. Still, it is not always that simple. Besides, there are other typos that are not so clear. Like actual words that do not belong there and can be overlooked, especially by me. But of course in the end I will have numerous people proof the MS, each doing part of it so that I do not lay a burden on one person. Also printing it double space helps. Also reading it out lout.
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« Reply #4400 on: February 28, 2015, 02:21:47 PM »
Dostoyevsky's The Idiot. And whatever writing of others I critique at the writer's forum. And my own ongoing novel, which takes a lot of dedication. My epilepsy had damaged the part of my brain that deals with language, and so I make a lot of errors, like typing "our" instead of "are", and not being able to spell words I used to be able to spell. I get the letters confused and backwards. So it makes for extra hard editing. But I am superior in the creative party of the brain and the part that deals with eloquence and skill in writing. Those with my condition, like Dostoyevsky, often are geniuses in certain subjects, like writing, politics, etc. And well, it takes a lot reading over and over to write a novel.

I was misdiagnosed with epilepsy last year and was put on a few different anti-seizure medication for about five months before any proper testing was done. 

Now, having a non-epileptic brain and having experienced life on Keppra I can say that the medicine effects people differently, but it made me pretty much like my Asperger's friend with a lot of intolerance of noise and stimulation, easily exhausted, and the added side effect of difficulty with language, written and spoken.  The nice thing about Keppra is that it is a sort of nootropic drug, mildly, so the electrical impulse suppression doesn't lead to overall suppression of thinking ability as with the older drugs and even newer ones like Topamax (Dopamax).

But in my studies of epilepsy, left temporal lobe seizures do damage the language processing area of the brain.  And I learned they are really very limited in their understanding of neural networks and plasticity.   

I'm really glad you are finding the bright spot of living with a difficult and life altering illness.  God bless you!
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« Reply #4401 on: February 28, 2015, 02:28:22 PM »
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It's really really good, I can't put it down. It's very sad though to read about Fr. Herman's early life (the co-founder of the monastery and Abbot) because he sounded like such a promising person. I certainly hope he repented before the end of his life. I've even read interviews from priests who knew Fr. Seraphim, saying if he had lived a few years longer he was planning to leave Patina because of Fr. Herman.
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« Reply #4402 on: February 28, 2015, 02:30:46 PM »
Elder Ambrose of Optina by Fr. Sergius Chetverikov

Elder Ambrose knew Dostoevsky if I remember correctly

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« Reply #4403 on: February 28, 2015, 02:33:09 PM »


Elder Ambrose knew Dostoevsky if I remember correctly



That's correct, Dostoevsky even writes about St. Ambrose in some of his books. I think he changed the name though.

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« Reply #4404 on: February 28, 2015, 03:33:27 PM »
Just got "Bred to Kill," by Franck Thilliez. His first book, "Syndrome E," was very good.
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« Reply #4405 on: February 28, 2015, 03:36:15 PM »
So it makes for extra hard editing.

The fact that you would bother to edit puts you well ahead of most writers--and editors.  8)

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« Reply #4406 on: February 28, 2015, 03:44:15 PM »
In the last stretch of Twelve Minutes to Midnight, by Christopher Edge. The second instalment, Shadows of the Silver Screen has just come in from the library. I have already reserved the third, The Black Crow Conspiracy; I hope they get it for me before I'm done reading the second. :)
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #4407 on: February 28, 2015, 03:47:17 PM »
I'm waiting for When to Rob a Bank...And 131 More Warped Suggestions and Well-Intended Rants by the authors of Freakonomics.

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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #4408 on: February 28, 2015, 04:26:10 PM »
Wife and I are going over a few things: Great Lent by Fr. Schmemann, the Triodion, and an anthology of Lenten hymns and devotionals (including music CD) that I forget the name of.
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #4409 on: February 28, 2015, 06:09:45 PM »
Dostoyevsky's The Idiot. And whatever writing of others I critique at the writer's forum. And my own ongoing novel, which takes a lot of dedication. My epilepsy had damaged the part of my brain that deals with language, and so I make a lot of errors, like typing "our" instead of "are", and not being able to spell words I used to be able to spell. I get the letters confused and backwards. So it makes for extra hard editing. But I am superior in the creative party of the brain and the part that deals with eloquence and skill in writing. Those with my condition, like Dostoyevsky, often are geniuses in certain subjects, like writing, politics, etc. And well, it takes a lot reading over and over to write a novel.

I was misdiagnosed with epilepsy last year and was put on a few different anti-seizure medication for about five months before any proper testing was done. 

Now, having a non-epileptic brain and having experienced life on Keppra I can say that the medicine effects people differently, but it made me pretty much like my Asperger's friend with a lot of intolerance of noise and stimulation, easily exhausted, and the added side effect of difficulty with language, written and spoken.  The nice thing about Keppra is that it is a sort of nootropic drug, mildly, so the electrical impulse suppression doesn't lead to overall suppression of thinking ability as with the older drugs and even newer ones like Topamax (Dopamax).

But in my studies of epilepsy, left temporal lobe seizures do damage the language processing area of the brain.  And I learned they are really very limited in their understanding of neural networks and plasticity.   

I'm really glad you are finding the bright spot of living with a difficult and life altering illness.  God bless you!

I am a bit obsessed with it, as can likely be noticed, but that's the Aspergers. There is a link between epilepsy and Aspergers. I also am developing tics, which may be myoclonic seizures or just tics, which are a neuropsychological disorder. There are many tic disorders. It would make sense because the MEG scan determined they are deep in the brain, around the temporal lobe sort of between a few parts, but including the temporal lobe



Actually just around that part here that deals with language and reading. The tics are verbal.
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