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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #4635 on: August 07, 2015, 10:27:10 AM »
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #4636 on: August 07, 2015, 10:53:57 AM »
"The Call of Cthulhu", by H.P. Lovecraft

I like his writing style.
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #4637 on: August 07, 2015, 11:34:09 AM »
"Midwinter Blood" by Mons Kallentoft. The first in a series. Two sequels have already come out. I need to catch up. :)
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #4638 on: August 07, 2015, 12:45:49 PM »
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« Reply #4639 on: August 11, 2015, 10:55:18 AM »
27 Fiction Writing Blunders — And How Not To Make Them!, by James Scott Bell
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #4640 on: August 11, 2015, 05:29:13 PM »
I briefly met the author once.

I'm not going to be posting as much on OC.Net as before. I might stop in once in a while though. But I've come to realize that real life is more important.

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« Reply #4641 on: August 12, 2015, 12:50:16 PM »
Just got this today!

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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #4642 on: August 12, 2015, 05:43:55 PM »
"The Call of Cthulhu", by H.P. Lovecraft

I like his writing style.

You will also (probably) like Clark Ashton Smith, Lord Dunsany, and Arthur Machen.
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« Reply #4643 on: August 15, 2015, 02:10:10 PM »
"The Treatment," Mo Hayder.

"The Eye of the World," Robert Jordan.

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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #4644 on: August 18, 2015, 11:39:14 AM »
Just finished "The Rule of Four" by I an Caldwell & Dustin Thomason. 
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Rule_of_Four

I was hoping there was a sequel because I feel I was left hanging.  But I went online & there is no sequel.  But the two authors have a new book out: The Fifth Gospel   which I am going to get because of the quest for the Diatessaron a second century harmony of the 4 Gospels by Tatian connected with the Syriac Orthodox Church.

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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #4645 on: August 18, 2015, 12:59:27 PM »
Just finished "The Rule of Four" by I an Caldwell & Dustin Thomason. 
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Rule_of_Four

I was hoping there was a sequel because I feel I was left hanging.  But I went online & there is no sequel.  But the two authors have a new book out: The Fifth Gospel   which I am going to get because of the quest for the Diatessaron a second century harmony of the 4 Gospels by Tatian connected with the Syriac Orthodox Church.

I too read The Rule of Four and was left flat; don't recall all of it but it did not satisfy. As I cannot recall well anymore, wasn't there a theme in that book that few could hold four issues,most only two and some three?
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #4646 on: August 18, 2015, 03:24:07 PM »
Christian Tradition vol. 1 - Jaroslav Pelikan.

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« Reply #4647 on: August 18, 2015, 04:01:57 PM »
"For, by its immensity, the divine substance surpasses every form that our intellect reaches. Thus we are unable to apprehend it by knowing what it is. Yet we are able to have some knowledge of it by knowing what it is not." - St. Thomas Aquinas, Summa contra gentiles, I, 14.

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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #4648 on: August 18, 2015, 04:28:01 PM »


You are not far from the Kingdom of God.

As for me:
Catherine Barnard, Steve Peers - European Union Law
Rafik Schami - The Dark Side of Love,
Henrik Meinander - Finlands historia
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #4649 on: August 18, 2015, 07:05:21 PM »
SABAN: The Making of a Coach by Monte Burke

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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #4650 on: August 18, 2015, 09:51:48 PM »
"The Mountain of Silence" by Kyriacos C. Markides
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« Reply #4651 on: August 18, 2015, 11:11:14 PM »
"The Mountain of Silence" by Kyriacos C. Markides

Great book!


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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #4652 on: August 19, 2015, 03:07:49 PM »
Just finished "The Rule of Four" by I an Caldwell & Dustin Thomason. 
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Rule_of_Four

I was hoping there was a sequel because I feel I was left hanging.  But I went online & there is no sequel.  But the two authors have a new book out: The Fifth Gospel   which I am going to get because of the quest for the Diatessaron a second century harmony of the 4 Gospels by Tatian connected with the Syriac Orthodox Church.

I too read The Rule of Four and was left flat; don't recall all of it but it did not satisfy. As I cannot recall well anymore, wasn't there a theme in that book that few could hold four issues,most only two and some three?
Ah, I think you are right about the symbolism of Four.  I thought it was because there were 4 main characters & they all chose different paths in life.  I read that the 2 authors took 10 years to write this book.  It was way too long and I think a good editor could have trimmed it down.  I felt that I had invested so much time in it that I had to finish it and then I was left unsatisfied.  I was expecting a solution after all the research and solving of the riddles in the medieval book under study.  But I guess I learned a lot about the history of humanism and the ties between art & literature.

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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #4653 on: August 19, 2015, 03:08:40 PM »
Christian Tradition vol. 1 - Jaroslav Pelikan.
I like his second volume better on the Eastern Orthodox Church.  It is peerless.

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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #4654 on: August 19, 2015, 03:13:32 PM »


Bloody depressing, but at least it's going fast.
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #4655 on: August 19, 2015, 03:31:27 PM »
My second reading of Nietzsche Contra Wagner, Nietzsche had Wagner pegged.  Seriously who would rather  listen to 4 hours of a prodding, ponderous, and heavy laden Wagner opera with kooky New Age Vikings and gods prancing around  justifying Wagner's fetishes over Bizet's Carmen?  Brilliant critique
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« Reply #4656 on: August 19, 2015, 05:06:38 PM »
My second reading of Nietzsche Contra Wagner, Nietzsche had Wagner pegged.  Seriously who would rather  listen to 4 hours of a prodding, ponderous, and heavy laden Wagner opera with kooky New Age Vikings and gods prancing around  justifying Wagner's fetishes over Bizet's Carmen?  Brilliant critique

And now we wait for orthonorm....

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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #4657 on: August 19, 2015, 05:15:12 PM »
To Kill A Mockingbird

Re-reading before I read the authors new book
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« Reply #4658 on: August 21, 2015, 08:11:37 PM »
Television Criticism, by Victoria J. O'Donnell

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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #4659 on: August 22, 2015, 12:41:59 AM »
Just finished Andrew Louth, Modern Orthodox Thinkers: From the Philokalia to the present. I'd recommend it to anyone new to Eastern Orthodoxy who wants to know a bit about the life and work of the many professional and lay theologians whose names keep cropping up. Like any introductory survey, it whets the appetite for more. There is an extensive bibliography of works by each of the thinkers mentioned available in English or French to make deeper exploration possible.

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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #4660 on: August 22, 2015, 01:11:22 AM »
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After you read the new book, please let us know how it is!

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« Reply #4661 on: August 24, 2015, 07:17:34 PM »
Against Football: One Fan's Reluctant Manifesto, by Steve Almond

Before the NFL regular season starts I'd also like to read: League of Denial: The NFL, Concussions, and the Battle for Truth by Mark Fainaru-Wada.

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« Reply #4662 on: August 25, 2015, 11:05:10 AM »
To Kill A Mockingbird

Re-reading before I read the authors new book

After you read the new book, please let us know how it is!

Will do!
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« Reply #4663 on: August 25, 2015, 11:23:50 AM »
To Kill A Mockingbird

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I just started the new book the other day. :) I think I'm going to like it.
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« Reply #4664 on: August 25, 2015, 12:26:17 PM »
To Kill A Mockingbird

Re-reading before I read the authors new book

After you read the new book, please let us know how it is!

I just started the new book the other day. :) I think I'm going to like it.

I still havent started it yet. I have gotten into cycling lately, and I started nerding out with a book about cycling instead. Im about halfway done and will read Go Set A Watchman next. Ive heard plenty of mixed reviews about it. I personally dont get too attached to fictional characters, so regardless of how this turns out I'm confident I will survive just fine.

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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #4665 on: August 25, 2015, 12:38:41 PM »
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« Reply #4666 on: August 29, 2015, 12:55:23 PM »
Three days away from home = one book finished off, a second read in full, a third started.



Gotta love long drives.
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« Reply #4667 on: August 29, 2015, 05:07:32 PM »
Just finished Andrew Louth, Modern Orthodox Thinkers: From the Philokalia to the present. I'd recommend it to anyone new to Eastern Orthodoxy who wants to know a bit about the life and work of the many professional and lay theologians whose names keep cropping up. Like any introductory survey, it whets the appetite for more. There is an extensive bibliography of works by each of the thinkers mentioned available in English or French to make deeper exploration possible.
Interesting: what does he say about Florovsky's thesis of the "Scholastic Captivity"?  Is that now considered passe by current theologians or not?

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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #4668 on: September 03, 2015, 02:05:06 AM »
St. Athanasius on the incarnation : the treatise De incarnatione Verbi Dei /  translated and edited by a religious of C.S.M.V. ; with an introduction by C.S. Lewis.

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« Reply #4669 on: September 03, 2015, 02:54:37 AM »
By myself:



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« Reply #4670 on: September 04, 2015, 09:37:09 AM »
I gave up on the Russian lit books after struggling through the uncompleted part of Gogol's Dead Souls , so now I'm reading something for my enjoyment, although it's a lot more difficult than Russian Lit: Vladimir Lossky's The Image and Likeness of God .  Should be interesting.

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« Reply #4671 on: September 04, 2015, 10:26:36 AM »
I gave up on the Russian lit books after struggling through the uncompleted part of Gogol's Dead Souls , so now I'm reading something for my enjoyment, although it's a lot more difficult than Russian Lit: Vladimir Lossky's The Image and Likeness of God .  Should be interesting.

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You should try reading Gogol's "The Inspector General" then.

I find Gogol's short stories much more enjoyable than I found Dead Souls. I liked the latter but it felt to me a lot more earthly and conservative than his other work.
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« Reply #4672 on: September 07, 2015, 12:56:42 AM »
7 Greeks /  translations by Guy Davenport.

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« Reply #4673 on: September 14, 2015, 02:23:05 PM »
A Church that Can and Cannot Change: The Development of Catholic Moral Teaching, by John T. Noonan

I ordered this a few weeks ago after I saw the quotes iconodule posted about usury. Noonan, a Catholic, goes over usury, slavery, and some other moral beliefs or laws (some having apostolic/scriptural authority) which have since the early Christian centuries been changed, made optional, or in some cases entirely eliminated and condemned. If I remember correctly he also discusses approaching changes in the Catholic stance on divorce and contraception. It's been almost a decade since I read it, though, so some of the details are fuzzy at this point. Like Newman he tries to square reality (doctrines and morals change) with religious dogma ('the faith once delivered' is whole and inviolate).

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« Reply #4674 on: September 15, 2015, 08:04:05 AM »
A Church that Can and Cannot Change: The Development of Catholic Moral Teaching, by John T. Noonan

I ordered this a few weeks ago after I saw the quotes iconodule posted about usury. Noonan, a Catholic, goes over usury, slavery, and some other moral beliefs or laws (some having apostolic/scriptural authority) which have since the early Christian centuries been changed, made optional, or in some cases entirely eliminated and condemned. If I remember correctly he also discusses approaching changes in the Catholic stance on divorce and contraception. It's been almost a decade since I read it, though, so some of the details are fuzzy at this point. Like Newman he tries to square reality (doctrines and morals change) with religious dogma ('the faith once delivered' is whole and inviolate).


I think dichotomizing reality and religious dogma is bad theology. I'm always wary of such an approach. Let us know more about this if you can.

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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #4675 on: September 15, 2015, 11:44:39 AM »
How to Live Safely in a Science-Fictional Universe - Charles Yu

I was aiming for something wacky and lighthearted. Turns out, it's actually literature. Fun literature, but still. ;)

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« Reply #4676 on: September 15, 2015, 12:03:57 PM »
"The Plantagenets," Dan Jones. Accompanied by a very good TV documentary of the same name.
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« Reply #4677 on: September 15, 2015, 02:09:17 PM »
"The Plantagenets," Dan Jones. Accompanied by a very good TV documentary of the same name.

I bought that for a friend last Christmas. She loved it - and she's such an English history nut, she's hard to please. :)

I'm currently taking it easy. ;)

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« Reply #4678 on: September 16, 2015, 11:10:27 PM »
The Church:  Communion in the Holy Spirit / Dumitru Staniloae ; translated and edited by Ioan Ionita and Robert Barringer.  Volume 4 of the Experience of God.

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« Reply #4679 on: September 17, 2015, 11:48:00 AM »
A Church that Can and Cannot Change: The Development of Catholic Moral Teaching, by John T. Noonan

I ordered this a few weeks ago after I saw the quotes iconodule posted about usury. Noonan, a Catholic, goes over usury, slavery, and some other moral beliefs or laws (some having apostolic/scriptural authority) which have since the early Christian centuries been changed, made optional, or in some cases entirely eliminated and condemned. If I remember correctly he also discusses approaching changes in the Catholic stance on divorce and contraception. It's been almost a decade since I read it, though, so some of the details are fuzzy at this point. Like Newman he tries to square reality (doctrines and morals change) with religious dogma ('the faith once delivered' is whole and inviolate).


I think dichotomizing reality and religious dogma is bad theology. I'm always wary of such an approach. Let us know more about this if you can.

Selam

Yeah, I'd agree, I put that poorly. I meant the struggle with knowing that the Church teaches X and says it's true, and you believe it, but then you look at the world and see Z, and so (if you are inclined to do such things) you try to figure out how they fit together. So for example St. Vincent of Lerins allowed for 'growth' in doctrine but without change, some people distinguish between 'big T and little t traditions,' Newman spent a nice chunk of time tackling doctrinal development, and others have as well, but not everyone is equally successful (or as persuasive) in their conclusions. Presumably a good attempt would be one that showed that there are no contradictions, if properly understood and articulated; though the catch there, it seems to me, is to do so without getting so vague or inclusive that it is no longer of any real use outside each individual's private judgments.

I'll probably take notes as I go through, and try to remember to post some afterwards.
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