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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #4860 on: January 28, 2016, 02:06:56 PM »
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #4861 on: January 28, 2016, 02:09:25 PM »
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That looks interesting.
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #4862 on: January 28, 2016, 02:30:51 PM »
So far yeh; don't hold your breath for a review as I read slow

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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #4863 on: January 28, 2016, 02:32:44 PM »
So far yeh; don't hold your breath for a review as I read slow

Oh, I know. I wasn't. :)
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #4864 on: January 31, 2016, 03:37:43 AM »
Intuition Pumps And Other Tools for Thinking, by Daniel Dennett
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #4865 on: February 02, 2016, 05:15:16 PM »
Now reading Testament: A Priest's Dying Confession by Jean Meslier.
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #4866 on: February 02, 2016, 05:55:13 PM »
Just started Orthodox Readings of Aquinas by Marcus Plested

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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #4867 on: February 03, 2016, 12:50:00 AM »
Now reading Testament: A Priest's Dying Confession by Jean Meslier.

Forgot to add my thoughts on what I just recently finished, Pensées philosophiques by Denise Diderot. I thought his work was all around okay. Diderot touches upon a large number of topics in a short 50 pages, ranging from extreme skepticism and some basic epistemological problems that are still well-known to this day. His thought is far from systematic. What I found probably to be most interesting were his arguments in favor of deism and those against Christianity and atheism. He also discusses Judaism and Islam in brief, but not as much. He attacks the notions of miracles, especially obvious false ones. One he talks about in detail is a supposed miracle he witnessed in Paris, when a crippled man was able to walk again without his crutches, although he had two other people helping him walk. Everyone in the crowd according to Diderot was amazed, and so he thought the rest of them to be stupid. One thing that stuck me though about his discussion of miracles was at one point, where he acknowledged that even the most amazing of miracles might not convince someone of their legitimacy, and that ultimately the matter was left up to the individual's state of mind. I thought it was a profound statement and insight on his part.

I also happened to read his addendum, which was published many years later, whereby he rebuts some of the theological arguments from Catholic apologists raised against him and deism. I have to say, some of the arguments that were raised against him were quite silly. Apparently, one theologian argued that since Jesus Christ most certainly existed historically, then therefore the Christian god exists. Diderot counters saying that Jesus Christ existing historically is not more significant for who is or who isn't a deity than Augustus Caesar having existed historically.

All that being said, apparently Diderot eventually abandoned his deism in favor of atheism, which made his relationship with Voltaire, who disliked atheism with a passion, tense.
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #4868 on: February 04, 2016, 08:59:47 AM »
Knee-deep in Chris Mould's Something Wickedly Weird series. I read the first two volumes in a single morning, then went straight onto the library catalogue site to reserve the other four.
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #4869 on: February 06, 2016, 01:20:29 AM »
Just finished reading Jean Meslier's Testament: A Dying Priest's Confession and Voltaire's Abstract of the Testament of Jean Meslier. With regards to the first title, it is pretty neat and astonishing to find that the first book dedicated to espousing atheism is very similar to modern arguments and books on atheism. It's also interesting to find that Meslier argued vehemently against staunch Augustinianism/predestination, which by gleaning from his text, was not only confined to the Jansenists' camp, but wide-spread in the Catholic community. All in all, I found it interesting and Meslier espoused classical materialism too, something I will probably be reading more about when it comes to other works I plan to read from the 18th century. As for Voltaire's work, I would hardly call it an abstract at all. It is more or less a work entirely of its own. Additionally, Voltaire leaves out any inclination in his abstract of Meslier's atheism, obviously in order to favor Voltaire's deism which ironically Meslier also vehemently attacks in his book. Meslier's work is an attack on religion as a whole, while Voltaire's supposed "abstract" is mainly just a critique of Christianity along traditional deistic lines without being overtly deistic.

As for what I am reading now, I plan on starting Grundlegung zur Metaphysik der Sitten by Immanuel Kant.
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #4870 on: February 06, 2016, 04:35:58 AM »
Just finished reading Jean Meslier's Testament: A Dying Priest's Confession and Voltaire's Abstract of the Testament of Jean Meslier. With regards to the first title, it is pretty neat and astonishing to find that the first book dedicated to espousing atheism is very similar to modern arguments and books on atheism. It's also interesting to find that Meslier argued vehemently against staunch Augustinianism/predestination, which by gleaning from his text, was not only confined to the Jansenists' camp, but wide-spread in the Catholic community. All in all, I found it interesting and Meslier espoused classical materialism too, something I will probably be reading more about when it comes to other works I plan to read from the 18th century. As for Voltaire's work, I would hardly call it an abstract at all. It is more or less a work entirely of its own. Additionally, Voltaire leaves out any inclination in his abstract of Meslier's atheism, obviously in order to favor Voltaire's deism which ironically Meslier also vehemently attacks in his book. Meslier's work is an attack on religion as a whole, while Voltaire's supposed "abstract" is mainly just a critique of Christianity along traditional deistic lines without being overtly deistic.

As for what I am reading now, I plan on starting Grundlegung zur Metaphysik der Sitten by Immanuel Kant.

Wonderful first impression Rhozek.  If you are reading through all these Frenchmen now (Diderot, Voltaire, Mesllier, Comte) it's good to see how they still may or may not apply to philosophies that tend not to claim them as an influence.... especially more continental philosophies.
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #4871 on: February 06, 2016, 12:41:29 PM »
The Pillars of the Earth, by Ken Follett

A 974 page novel about a 12th century stone mason whose life dream/dream job is being a master builder working on a cathedral. So far so good (~65 pp. in)...
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #4872 on: February 07, 2016, 09:35:37 AM »
The Pillars of the Earth, by Ken Follett

A 974 page novel about a 12th century stone mason whose life dream/dream job is being a master builder working on a cathedral. So far so good (~65 pp. in)...

A must read and should be mandatory in public education.
His other books, meh.
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #4873 on: February 10, 2016, 09:34:03 AM »
I have been enjoying Metropolitan Kallistos biography of St. Maximos of the Burnt Hut.

"His biographer Theophanes claimed to have seen him fly through the air(55). Cases of levitation, while less common in the Christian East than in the West, are by no means unknown; examples can be found in the lives of St. Luke of Steiris (tenth century)(56), of St. Symeon the New Theologians(57) and of the Russian St. Seraphim of Sarov (1759-1833)(58)"

I would really love to see an Orthodox asectic flying through the air!  That seems like the most sublime form of piety.
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #4874 on: February 10, 2016, 02:12:06 PM »
I have been enjoying Metropolitan Kallistos biography of St. Maximos of the Burnt Hut.

"His biographer Theophanes claimed to have seen him fly through the air(55). Cases of levitation, while less common in the Christian East than in the West, are by no means unknown; examples can be found in the lives of St. Luke of Steiris (tenth century)(56), of St. Symeon the New Theologians(57) and of the Russian St. Seraphim of Sarov (1759-1833)(58)"

I would really love to see an Orthodox asectic flying through the air!  That seems like the most sublime form of piety.

...it would seem best to leave it at levitation, for St. Seraphim, and in the case of St. Philip the Apostle ---- fly???
flying is um, the faster way to go.
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #4875 on: February 10, 2016, 02:14:22 PM »
I am reading Small Business Owners' Magazine.
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #4876 on: February 10, 2016, 03:43:39 PM »


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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #4877 on: February 10, 2016, 04:06:16 PM »
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #4878 on: February 11, 2016, 11:39:53 PM »
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #4880 on: February 13, 2016, 01:37:54 AM »
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #4881 on: February 15, 2016, 04:32:49 PM »
I gave up on reading Kant's book in the original German. German is my weakest language, I must admit. So it was a bit foolish of me I suppose, in retrospect, to try to read Kant, who is sorta infamous for being difficult to read. As for now, I'm reading Die Theologie des Pelagius und ihre Genesis by Torgny Bohlin. I've read excerpts of this before, but never cover-to-cover.
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #4882 on: February 15, 2016, 05:14:49 PM »
I've wondered about the original version of Beowulf ... How did that translate into the movie Beowulf? ... Something of that sort.
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #4883 on: February 15, 2016, 08:24:53 PM »
I've wondered about the original version of Beowulf ... How did that translate into the movie Beowulf? ... Something of that sort.

Not very well.

The poem is a lot better.
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #4884 on: February 15, 2016, 08:39:46 PM »
The House of the Seven Gables / Nathaniel Hawthorne.

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« Reply #4885 on: February 17, 2016, 10:12:40 AM »
I've wondered about the original version of Beowulf ... How did that translate into the movie Beowulf? ... Something of that sort.
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #4886 on: February 17, 2016, 11:53:38 AM »
I've wondered about the original version of Beowulf ... How did that translate into the movie Beowulf? ... Something of that sort.

Not very well.

The poem is a lot better.

Go for the Michael Morpurgo translation. Great artwork throughout, too.
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #4887 on: February 17, 2016, 12:53:21 PM »
Just started Nihilism, by Fe. Seraphim Rose.
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #4888 on: February 17, 2016, 12:58:08 PM »
I've wondered about the original version of Beowulf ... How did that translate into the movie Beowulf? ... Something of that sort.
I love Beowulf, the movie was OK.

I've only read the Seamus Heany translation, can't speak for others. I have the Norton Critical one.
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #4889 on: February 17, 2016, 01:03:42 PM »
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #4890 on: February 17, 2016, 01:04:35 PM »
I've wondered about the original version of Beowulf ... How did that translate into the movie Beowulf? ... Something of that sort.

Not very well.

The poem is a lot better.

I think that's like saying of a book, "The text is a lot better than the illustrations." The one isn't meant to replace the other. I actually thought the Beowulf film was great.
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #4891 on: February 17, 2016, 11:59:52 PM »
Advanced Financial Accounting by Theodore Christensen, David Cottrell, and Richard Baker, 10th Edition :P
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« Reply #4892 on: February 18, 2016, 12:56:48 AM »
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I recall it being a good read....a whole lot about silk and some on rice. But a fun plot.
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« Reply #4894 on: February 19, 2016, 02:28:28 AM »
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #4895 on: February 22, 2016, 01:44:24 PM »
I bought six new books. Probably not going to read those for a long time but couldn't resist the temptation of fairly cheap books. Yay, Penguin Books!

The Dhammapada
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #4896 on: February 29, 2016, 01:00:46 AM »
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #4898 on: March 01, 2016, 09:10:05 AM »



I liked much the first two books with short stories. The following pentalogy, not so much.
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #4899 on: March 01, 2016, 10:53:24 AM »
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Just started (book club materials):

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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #4900 on: March 01, 2016, 01:09:15 PM »
Great Lent by Fr. Alexander Schmemann
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« Reply #4901 on: March 01, 2016, 01:43:21 PM »
^Florovsky must feel flattered to get the Mother of God herself to translate his books.
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« Reply #4902 on: March 01, 2016, 10:07:51 PM »
^Florovsky must feel flattered to get the Mother of God herself to translate his books.

You're a real knee-slapper, Alpo.
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #4903 on: March 02, 2016, 02:32:13 PM »
^Florovsky must feel flattered to get the Mother of God herself to translate his books.

You're a real knee-slapper, Alpo.

All the trailers and promotions really misled me. In fact, I could have sworn the St. Vladimir's Seminary movie critic gave it 9 Lord, have mercys out of 10.

The what?

Attempt at humor.
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #4904 on: March 02, 2016, 02:37:25 PM »
Something about Psychedelics like Ahayusca or Peyote.
Learn meditation.