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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #5355 on: July 25, 2017, 08:28:36 PM »
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #5356 on: July 25, 2017, 09:10:09 PM »
Started Part 2 of Wounded by Love and well I am totally gobsmacked. After reading Part 1, I was not expecting such profound wisdom. This is the tonic I so badly thirst for and it is probably a book I will continue to read for the rest of my life. I am so blessed to have found this book! Thank you Iconodule and Mor!
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #5357 on: July 25, 2017, 09:41:05 PM »
Started Part 2 of Wounded by Love and well I am totally gobsmacked. After reading Part 1, I was not expecting such profound wisdom. This is the tonic I so badly thirst for and it is probably a book I will continue to read for the rest of my life. I am so blessed to have found this book! Thank you Iconodule and Mor!

Somehow I have managed to miss this one thus far even though it is fairly beloved.
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #5358 on: July 26, 2017, 02:24:45 AM »
I've bought here in the US so far:

Complete French All-in-One (Annie Hemingway)
Essential Modern Greek Grammar (Douglas Adams)
Early Christian Fathers (Cyril Richardson)
The Analects (Confucius)
Sun and Steel (Yukio Mishima)
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English Gypsy Language (G. Borrow)
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #5359 on: July 26, 2017, 01:21:32 PM »
Started Part 2 of Wounded by Love and well I am totally gobsmacked. After reading Part 1, I was not expecting such profound wisdom. This is the tonic I so badly thirst for and it is probably a book I will continue to read for the rest of my life. I am so blessed to have found this book! Thank you Iconodule and Mor!

Though I haven't done it, St Porphyrios' book is just the sort of book I'd read cover-to-cover repeatedly.  Very few books make me feel that way.  It's unfortunate there's not more out there in English.   
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #5360 on: August 01, 2017, 08:47:55 AM »
Divine Services section in Law of God and supplementing that with Fr. Hopko's Rainbow Series books.

Fr. Hopko's books seem more theologically correct but the pictures in Law of God are helpful.
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #5361 on: August 01, 2017, 09:41:42 AM »
Right now I read the old Greek Tradegies, Sofokles, Aisychlos and Euripides. So much wisdom there.
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #5362 on: August 01, 2017, 08:14:49 PM »
I've just started my third reading of The Phoenicians and the West by Maria Eugenia Aubet.  It's probably been four years since my last reading.

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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #5363 on: August 02, 2017, 04:52:35 AM »
The Seagull, by Anton Chekhov

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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #5364 on: August 02, 2017, 09:00:33 AM »
Finished the Divine Liturgy section in Fr. Hopko's Worship book in the Rainbow Series. Succint and short, but I am craving for more on the Divine Liturgy. This past Sunday sort of opened my eyes to how beautiful and moving the DL is. I ordered the Heavenly Banquet by Fr. Hatzidakis which is supposedly the most comprehensive text on the DL in English, but hopefully it's not too technical. I really love the DL.

Did some more reading on the sacramental nature of Baptism and Chrismation in Fr. Hopko's book and in the Law of God.

Started to read St. Silouan the Athonite by beebert's recommendation. I laughed at the scene where he's at the bar with his military buddies but can't keep his mind off God and Mt. Athos. I stopped before the chapter begins with him going to Mt. Athos as I went to bed. It's a long text and I don't know how much I'll be able to read as I am committed to reading about the Liturgy and the Sacraments of the Church.

I wish I had more time to read...
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #5365 on: August 04, 2017, 07:55:36 PM »
I'm about a 1/3 into The Reformation: A History by Diarmaid MacCulloch.  It's humorous in some places, dry in others, but overall very informative.
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #5366 on: August 04, 2017, 08:55:45 PM »
Of Water and The Spirit by Alexander Schmemann.
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #5367 on: August 07, 2017, 05:24:39 PM »
Just started The Heavenly Banquet by Fr. Hatzidakis. In a word: wow. I don't think there is another comprehensive, so thoroughly researched book on the Divine Liturgy out there like this one. It's incredible. For both newcomers and faithful alike, highly recommended. I wish I started with this book first on understanding the DL cause this is me right now:


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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #5368 on: August 07, 2017, 09:59:55 PM »
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #5369 on: August 07, 2017, 10:19:21 PM »
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #5370 on: August 07, 2017, 10:26:15 PM »
Grenz, S. (1983). Isaac Backus--Puritan and Baptist: His Place in History, His Thought, and Their Implications for Modern Baptist Theology. Macon, Georgia: Mercer University Press.

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« Reply #5371 on: August 07, 2017, 11:11:29 PM »
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #5372 on: August 08, 2017, 12:41:04 AM »
The Orthodox Way by Kallistos Ware
Speaking of this, hey Iconodule, if you want to respond to this, I'd like to ask you about modernism.

I recall you once called Kallistos Ware a modernist with his "liberal" views on issues like women ordination, uncritical acceptance of Darwinism, ecumenism and so on.

I probably did say that but my feelings have changed on most of these issues (I also think The Orthodox Way is a really good intro to Orthodox spirituality). Not that I am particularly in favor of women's ordination or pointless wine-and-dines at the WCC but they don't jump out to me as existential crises of the Church. I also think it's hard to deny that Met Kallistos has a point when he says that the reasons why women should not be ordained have not been articulated very well.

Perhaps Fr. Kallistos (I do not know his actual title, so I shall use the priestly "Father" for now) is unaware of the following:

Women cannot be ordained  Presbyters because Christ did not do as such. Jesus was known to associate with people who were in NO way acceptable as leaders in his society. He made fishermen and tax collectors his Apostles (effectively, the first Bishops). He associated with, shall we say, a woman of ill repute. He did so many things to infuriate both the culture of his birth (the Jewish), and the culture that ruled (the Roman) that the leaders of both arranged to have him judicially murdered! If he had wanted to have female Presbyters, surely his most Holy Mother would have been the first!

Fundamentally, the Presbyter acts as Imago Christi. The Church has ALWAYS taught that in order to do that, the Presbyter MUST be male. From the Roman Catholic perspective, if the Church is the Bride of Christ, and the Imago Christi is a female, the Church is by definition a lesbian! God forbid!

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As you say, "modernism" and "modernity" are both catch-all terms that are not very useful and I try not to lean on them very much. There are a number of specific ideas traceable to the Enlightenment or Renaissance (e.g. the neo-Epicureanism that more or less morphed into modern science) but a catch-all rejection of "modernism" seems very thorny to me nowadays.

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My view of the Orthodox Church is that it is totally not modern, but I wouldn't say anti-modern because that would suggest in some opposition to it...which I'm not sure how that could be because the Church never arose in reaction to modernism. Maybe I'm wrong. I'd rather adopt G.K. Chesteron's "enchanted" or romantic view of the world which is something profoundly lost after the Enlightenment. To be a Christian is to be a true romantic, would you agree?

It seems to me that Orthodoxy is definitely not simply a relic of bygone age but has lived, breathed, and grown with the times. That doesn't mean we uncritically swallow everything but the Church is as much modern as it was once Roman, medieval Russian, etc. The way we do things, the way we learn, speak about, and practice the faith, is thoroughly modern, though that doesn't mean it is cut off from the ancient roots.

An re-enchantment of the world is a project I broadly agree with provided it does not devolve into dreaming with eyes open, fantasy, retreating into some synthetic community, etc.

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« Reply #5373 on: August 08, 2017, 01:30:37 AM »
^Fr. Kallistos is a little-known priest from Angola, though he has some vociferous supporters online, especially as it relates to his book, "Growing Orthodoxy into the Religion of the Future." I strongly recommend downloading it as an audio book from amazon.

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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #5374 on: August 08, 2017, 08:56:19 AM »
Alexander Rose's Washington's Spies:  The Story of America's First Spy Ring.  After watching the show Turn on AMC (and being disappointed in it), I thought I should read the book upon which that is based.  The book (I'm only 50 pages in) is far more engaging.
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #5375 on: August 08, 2017, 09:25:04 AM »
Of Water and The Spirit by Alexander Schmemann.

I really liked this one.

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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #5376 on: August 11, 2017, 09:49:09 AM »
Do you recommend Dunces, Agabus? I've briefly heard of it and the main character seems really fascinating.

Had a sleep study yesterday and continued reading Wounded By Love.

Also I'm reading short excerpts of St John of Kronstadt's My Life in Christ daily. Tremendous. It's too bad about his marriage but I really enjoy his writings.
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« Reply #5377 on: August 11, 2017, 09:55:39 AM »
The Overcoat and Other Short Stories, by Nikolai Gogol

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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #5378 on: August 12, 2017, 09:00:57 AM »
The Dinkin Dings series, by Guy Bass, with the young one as part of his summer reading challenge. Also, by myself:

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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #5379 on: August 12, 2017, 01:14:25 PM »
I have a question for everyone who posts in this thread. What is your reading setup like, where do you like to read?
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #5380 on: August 12, 2017, 01:47:18 PM »
^Either in my recliner or in bed before falling asleep.

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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #5381 on: August 12, 2017, 02:00:45 PM »
I have a question for everyone who posts in this thread. What is your reading setup like, where do you like to read?

Stacks of books on nightstands around the bed. Other stacks of books on end tables by the recliners.
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #5382 on: August 12, 2017, 02:45:41 PM »
I have a question for everyone who posts in this thread. What is your reading setup like, where do you like to read?

I do my best reading on public transport. Bus, train, plane, all good. Car, I can't concentrate (and it has nothing to do with whether I'm in the passenger seat or in the back; it just doesn't work). At home, if I can get away with it, in bed, and not just at bedtime.
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #5383 on: August 12, 2017, 03:13:54 PM »
In the last 13 months:

 Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power  by Jon Meachum

 A Separate Peace  by John Knowles

 White Noise  by Don Delilo

 Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference  by Malcolm Gladwell

 Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking  by Malcolm Gladwell

 What The Dog Saw: And Other Adventures  by Malcolm Gladwell

 Scotland: The Story of a Nation  by Magnus Magnusson

 On The Beach  by Nevil Shute

 The Road  by Cormac McCarthy

 One Second After  by William Forstchen

To Kill a Mockingbird  by Harper Lee

 A River Runs Through It -And Other Stories  by Norman MacLean

 Civil War in the Ozarks  by Phillip W. Steele and Steve Cottrell

 Born Fighting: How the Scots-Irish Shaped America  by Sen. Jim Webb

 Heroes of the Scots-Irish In America  by Billy Kennedy

 The Scots-Irish in the Hills of Tennessee  by Billy Kennedy

 The Scots-Irish in Pennsylvania and Kentucky  by Billy Kennedy

 The Scots-Irish in the Shenandoah Valley  by Billy Kennedy

 The Russians and their Church  by Nicholas Zernov

 1453: The Holy War for Constantinople and the Clash of Islam and The West  by Roger Crowley

 We Shall See Him As He Is  by Archimandrite Sophrony

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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #5384 on: August 19, 2017, 12:52:31 PM »
We Shall See Him As He Is  by Archimandrite Sophrony
Is this any good?
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« Reply #5385 on: August 19, 2017, 12:55:15 PM »
Practice in Christianity by Kierkegaard. - swoon
Orthodox Dogmatic Theology, introduction, by Fr. Pomazansky - Dry...I wish it read like one of Fr. Schemann's books
Fount of Knowledge by St John Damascene, philosophical chapters
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #5386 on: August 23, 2017, 04:50:25 PM »
Iconodule, your usury thread reminded me to ask you what you thought of St. Basil's On Social Justice? I think there's another book by St. John Chrysostom that deals with a similar topic. IIRC St. Basil said something about if you withhold bread from your neighbor who needs it or dooesn't have it, you are a murderer if they die from starvation.

I find this writing much more disturbing than the usual Protestant eternal hellfire sermons.
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #5387 on: August 24, 2017, 11:22:06 PM »
I have a question for everyone who posts in this thread. What is your reading setup like, where do you like to read?

I read on a Kindle, my iPhone, or a hard copy book. If I am reading the two later I tend to read when I can take a bath alone.

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« Reply #5388 on: August 24, 2017, 11:29:36 PM »
I have a question for everyone who posts in this thread. What is your reading setup like, where do you like to read?

80% of my reading these days is done on the bus, usually on a Kindle.

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« Reply #5389 on: August 24, 2017, 11:33:45 PM »
Orthodox Dogmatic Theology, introduction, by Fr. Pomazansky - Dry...I wish it read like one of Fr. Schemann's books

Which is actually kinda funny since you sometimes run across a comment by a traditionalist about how 'dry' or 'lifeless' books by Frs. Schmemann, Meyendorff, etc. are, because they are 'corrupted by modernism' and don't have 'the spirit of the fathers'  :police:

(been a long time since I read that one, but my memory would seem to agree with your comment about dryness)

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« Reply #5390 on: August 25, 2017, 09:56:24 AM »
Which is actually kinda funny since you sometimes run across a comment by a traditionalist about how 'dry' or 'lifeless' books by Frs. Schmemann, Meyendorff, etc. are, because they are 'corrupted by modernism' and don't have 'the spirit of the fathers'  :police:

(been a long time since I read that one, but my memory would seem to agree with your comment about dryness)
I saw this hilarious review comment on amazon.com the other day, regarding Fr. Andrew Louth's Introduction to Eastern Orthodoxy Theology:

and not the fringe stuff peddled at academic conferences in the West by the followers of Schmemann-dorfianist "theology with a cigarette," or as Fr. Seraphim Rose of blessed memory called it: "theology on a full stomach."

LOL!  ;D ;D ;D
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #5391 on: August 25, 2017, 10:00:04 AM »
Honestly there is probably very little I agree with Fr. Seraphim Rose on.
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #5392 on: August 25, 2017, 10:00:17 AM »
I suspect Fr. Andrew would be bemused at being counterposed to Schmemannism-Dorfianism!
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #5393 on: August 25, 2017, 10:12:14 AM »
Do you recommend Dunces, Agabus? I've briefly heard of it and the main character seems really fascinating.

Ignatius Reilly would have been a revelation of a character when the book was published in the 1980s (and definitely when it was written in the 1960s), but TBH I know a lot of Quixotian characters just like him through the Internet now.

It's still a pretty good read as a part of the southern canon.
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #5394 on: August 25, 2017, 11:23:32 AM »
From the Holy Mountain: A Journey in the Shadow of Byzantium by William Dalrymple translated into Polish.
In Polish translation there is a mess with the Orthodox terminology: Syriacs are called "ortodoksi" while Greeks are called "prawosławni" - in fact both term mean "Orthodox". In one place an Armenian or Greek temple is called "kościół" (in Polish it's used mainly for Roman Catholics churches, sometimes also for Protestant ones, but they have their own term: "zbór"), while in another it's called "cerkiew" (Eastern Christian church; in the past that was the name also for RC churches).

Anyway, it's amazing to read e.g about peacful Syria in 90s, with Christians being 20% of the population, a talk with Aleppian metropolitan Yohanna Ibrahim that was captured 4 years ago and so on...
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #5395 on: August 25, 2017, 11:24:58 AM »
From the Holy Mountain: A Journey in the Shadow of Byzantium by William Dalrymple translated into Polish.
In Polish translation there is a mess with the Orthodox terminology: Syriacs are called "ortodoksi" while Greeks are called "prawosławni" - in fact both term mean "Orthodox".

I guess that's kind of like "Eastern Orthodox" and "Oriental Orthodox."
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #5396 on: August 25, 2017, 11:46:47 AM »
From the Holy Mountain: A Journey in the Shadow of Byzantium by William Dalrymple translated into Polish.
In Polish translation there is a mess with the Orthodox terminology: Syriacs are called "ortodoksi" while Greeks are called "prawosławni" - in fact both term mean "Orthodox".

I guess that's kind of like "Eastern Orthodox" and "Oriental Orthodox."

That's a problem of awarness of most Polish people about Oriental Orthodoxy. When I translate or write an article, I write about OOs using the Slavic, Polish term "prawosławni", not a loan word that's "ortodoks". The term "ortodoks" is more used for Jews in Polish or as a synonim "conservative".
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« Reply #5397 on: August 25, 2017, 09:58:54 PM »
Can anyone help in linking an essay on St. Maximos the Confessor by Fr. Georges Florovsky? It's an introduction to his theology. I've googled but have no idea what I should be looking for.

Fr. Maximos Constas recommended it during an interview but didn't provide specifics.
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #5399 on: August 25, 2017, 10:22:47 PM »
A shawl pattern while I work on a shawl for my great-aunt. She fell in love with mine, and I want to have hers ready in time for the cold coastal nights this fall. One wing down, just the collar and other wing to go!