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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #5850 on: August 05, 2018, 07:31:07 AM »
What is Dostoevsky's worst book and why? Or rather your least favorite of his?

The Brothers Karamazov

The quintessential Dostoevsky--interesting insights interspersed with heavy-handed philosophy/theology, sensationalized psychological states, obnoxious (and usually hypocritical) moralizing, and many very long and boring passages.
[vulgarism removed] That is by far his best book

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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #5851 on: August 05, 2018, 12:12:15 PM »
I just finished "The Obesity Code" by Dr. Jason Fung. Why would I put this here one might ask? I was dealing with weight issues and an inability to take it off. Worse, and most importantly, I struggled every lent and generally with the Church's recommended fasts. I could not even fast for 24 hours, let alone cut meat, sugar, etc. A nurse practitioner recently clearly explained dietary intermittent fasting to us while my wife was getting some medical treatment lately. After considering all the evidence, I knew this was something I had to explore and she recommended this book by Dr. Fung as well as his "Complete Guide to Fasting." This has been a life changer for me as I have taken on intermittent fasting. The weight loss was not dramatic, but sure does feel good. I wore some pants to church today I bought brand new and could never actually fit into. I have been able to be responsive to the fasts recommended by the Church and I am looking forward to being able to faithfully participate this next lent.

I am now on to "The Cosmic Mystery of Christ" by St. Maximus the Confessor and "On the Incarnation" by St. Athanasius. I listened to an audio version of On The Incarnation, but I wanted to have the print version.
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #5852 on: August 05, 2018, 02:29:51 PM »
I just finished "The Obesity Code" by Dr. Jason Fung. Why would I put this here one might ask? I was dealing with weight issues and an inability to take it off. Worse, and most importantly, I struggled every lent and generally with the Church's recommended fasts. I could not even fast for 24 hours, let alone cut meat, sugar, etc. A nurse practitioner recently clearly explained dietary intermittent fasting to us while my wife was getting some medical treatment lately. After considering all the evidence, I knew this was something I had to explore and she recommended this book by Dr. Fung as well as his "Complete Guide to Fasting." This has been a life changer for me as I have taken on intermittent fasting. The weight loss was not dramatic, but sure does feel good. I wore some pants to church today I bought brand new and could never actually fit into. I have been able to be responsive to the fasts recommended by the Church and I am looking forward to being able to faithfully participate this next lent.

I am now on to "The Cosmic Mystery of Christ" by St. Maximus the Confessor and "On the Incarnation" by St. Athanasius. I listened to an audio version of On The Incarnation, but I wanted to have the print version.

Interesting. Thanks for sharing!

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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #5853 on: August 05, 2018, 02:40:47 PM »
A nurse practitioner recently clearly explained dietary intermittent fasting to us while my wife was getting some medical treatment lately. After considering all the evidence, I knew this was something I had to explore and she recommended this book by Dr. Fung as well as his "Complete Guide to Fasting." This has been a life changer for me as I have taken on intermittent fasting.

Intermittent fasting, of the 5:2 format, is popular enough here that recipe collections appear on a quarterly basis. You can see their archive here for things to try.
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #5856 on: August 18, 2018, 02:54:21 PM »
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« Reply #5857 on: August 18, 2018, 03:16:21 PM »
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #5858 on: August 19, 2018, 11:09:16 PM »
Just finished Hercule Poirot's Christmas / Agatha Christie.  Another page turner.

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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #5859 on: August 20, 2018, 09:46:55 AM »
Neil Gaiman's, "The Ocean at the End of the Lane" on audio during a long car drive over the weekend.
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #5860 on: August 20, 2018, 11:28:55 AM »
Reading Dune for the first time. Already thoroughly spoiled for me via the movie and related youtube videos. Still enjoying it as technical storytelling excellence, though.
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #5861 on: August 20, 2018, 04:19:29 PM »
Reading Dune for the first time. Already thoroughly spoiled for me via the movie and related youtube videos. Still enjoying it as technical storytelling excellence, though.
I thought you had already read it from what you told me about what you write yourself.
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #5862 on: August 20, 2018, 04:43:20 PM »
Reading Dune for the first time. Already thoroughly spoiled for me via the movie and related youtube videos. Still enjoying it as technical storytelling excellence, though.
I thought you had already read it from what you told me about what you write yourself.

I'm very influenced by the film lol (though I always knew the book was better, it's just taken me until now to get to it. I'm about a third of the way through).
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #5863 on: August 22, 2018, 06:39:21 PM »
Calling out to sci-fi fans - 12 free stories until 10pm PST tonight!

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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #5864 on: August 22, 2018, 07:07:11 PM »
Do they disappear after Kindle's free trial expires (I mean, if you don't start paying)?
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« Reply #5865 on: August 22, 2018, 07:31:19 PM »
Do they disappear after Kindle's free trial expires (I mean, if you don't start paying)?

As far as I know, the Kindle app is entirely free, and your content is not tied to specific devices, so they should remain on your cloud indefinitely.
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« Reply #5866 on: August 22, 2018, 07:32:05 PM »
Do they disappear after Kindle's free trial expires (I mean, if you don't start paying)?

As far as I know, the Kindle app is entirely free, and your content is not tied to specific devices, so they should remain on your cloud indefinitely.

Oh, ok. Thanks :)
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« Reply #5869 on: August 23, 2018, 01:32:14 AM »
"Contemporary Art," Charlotte Bonham-Carter and David Hodge
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« Reply #5870 on: August 23, 2018, 11:32:08 AM »
Ellen Douglas' "The Rock Cried Out."

She died shortly before I moved to the town where she lived and worked, but I met her son through a local literary and cinema festival. I got the book for free when a former boss was cleaning out an office, and it sat on my shelves for years. I wasn't sure what to expect, but it's not what I thought it would be. For literary fiction set in Mississippi, it's closer to "Jujitsu for Christ" (without, perhaps, the comedy) than it is to Faulkner.
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« Reply #5871 on: August 24, 2018, 12:31:42 AM »
Are there any book-length responses by Orthodox to Open Theism, or discussing that kind of topic in general?

(I looked through older threads on this, along with wiki and amazon, and some blog posts, but didn't see anything book-length from EO sources)
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« Reply #5872 on: August 24, 2018, 09:51:09 AM »
Are there any book-length responses by Orthodox to Open Theism, or discussing that kind of topic in general?

(I looked through older threads on this, along with wiki and amazon, and some blog posts, but didn't see anything book-length from EO sources)

It's probably not even on the radar for people writing Orthodox dogmatic texts hashing out arguments from 1,700 years ago. I used to hear it discussed all the time in the folly of my religion department days, but now that I think about it, the only time I've heard it in the last 10 years was specifically in a discussion with my brother when he was in (an Evangelical) seminary.
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« Reply #5873 on: August 24, 2018, 02:28:27 PM »
Yeah, I'm not sure OVT is much in mind for most people in general anymore, if it ever really was. The only reason I know anything about it at all is because I run in nerdy circles (and used to post on a forum run by Evangelicals who rejected from a different forum for being OVTs).
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« Reply #5875 on: August 24, 2018, 04:34:17 PM »
So annoying them by flying drones above their heads is fine, but if some missionaries go there it's a form of genocide lol?
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« Reply #5876 on: August 24, 2018, 06:50:37 PM »
So annoying them by flying drones above their heads is fine, but if some missionaries go there it's a form of genocide lol?

What made you think the person was annoyed?
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« Reply #5877 on: August 24, 2018, 07:08:39 PM »
He might not have been, but I'm guessing some of the uncontacted are. I was more talking about FUNAI's creepy approach in general of trying to preserve these tribes under glass.
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« Reply #5878 on: August 24, 2018, 07:11:29 PM »
Are there any book-length responses by Orthodox to Open Theism, or discussing that kind of topic in general?

(I looked through older threads on this, along with wiki and amazon, and some blog posts, but didn't see anything book-length from EO sources)

It's probably not even on the radar for people writing Orthodox dogmatic texts hashing out arguments from 1,700 years ago. I used to hear it discussed all the time in the folly of my religion department days, but now that I think about it, the only time I've heard it in the last 10 years was specifically in a discussion with my brother when he was in (an Evangelical) seminary.

Yeah, I'm not sure OVT is much in mind for most people in general anymore, if it ever really was. The only reason I know anything about it at all is because I run in nerdy circles (and used to post on a forum run by Evangelicals who rejected from a different forum for being OVTs).

I thought it could be a good jumping-off point to talk about theology, like Hart has done with atheism, but yeah maybe it's too niche/dated. Though I think at least one member of the forum here is Orthodox and open theist. Anyway, I guess I'll be fine with the one by a Catholic I bought.

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« Reply #5879 on: August 24, 2018, 07:21:07 PM »
So annoying them by flying drones above their heads is fine, but if some missionaries go there it's a form of genocide lol?

Yeah. They could all become the John Hagees of South America.
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« Reply #5880 on: August 24, 2018, 07:22:11 PM »
So annoying them by flying drones above their heads is fine, but if some missionaries go there it's a form of genocide lol?

Yeah. They could all become the John Hagees of South America.

I'm not sure I get the reference lol (I mean, I know who Hagee is, but not the applicability to this).
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« Reply #5881 on: August 24, 2018, 07:24:37 PM »
Are there any book-length responses by Orthodox to Open Theism, or discussing that kind of topic in general?

(I looked through older threads on this, along with wiki and amazon, and some blog posts, but didn't see anything book-length from EO sources)

It's probably not even on the radar for people writing Orthodox dogmatic texts hashing out arguments from 1,700 years ago. I used to hear it discussed all the time in the folly of my religion department days, but now that I think about it, the only time I've heard it in the last 10 years was specifically in a discussion with my brother when he was in (an Evangelical) seminary.

Yeah, I'm not sure OVT is much in mind for most people in general anymore, if it ever really was. The only reason I know anything about it at all is because I run in nerdy circles (and used to post on a forum run by Evangelicals who rejected from a different forum for being OVTs).

I thought it could be a good jumping-off point to talk about theology, like Hart has done with atheism,

You mean, using OVT to introduce people to Orthodoxy?  ???

Though I think at least one member of the forum here is Orthodox and open theist.

Oh, I had no idea. I'm not sure how logical that is, but ok.

Anyway, I guess I'll be fine with the one by a Catholic I bought.

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« Reply #5882 on: August 24, 2018, 07:51:02 PM »
I don't know that Open Theism is compatible with Orthodoxy, but at the very least, since it exists in an attempt to deal with real "problems" in Scripture, it could be a good place to start to explain traditional Orthodox thought. Though now that I look at my orders on Amazon I see that I got a more general book and not one directly addressing Open Theism.

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« Reply #5883 on: August 24, 2018, 07:53:24 PM »
I don't know that Open Theism is compatible with Orthodoxy, but at the very least, since it exists in an attempt to deal with real "problems" in Scripture, it could be a good place to start to explain traditional Orthodox thought.

Oh, ok. I see what you mean.
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« Reply #5884 on: August 24, 2018, 07:55:02 PM »
So annoying them by flying drones above their heads is fine, but if some missionaries go there it's a form of genocide lol?

Yeah. They could all become the John Hagees of South America.

I'm not sure I get the reference lol (I mean, I know who Hagee is, but not the applicability to this).

The joke was most Protestant missionaries who evangelize tend to by very zealous for all the wrong reasons. I think John Hagee pretty much embodies the worst of the worst. You don't want these locals marching on the capitol demanding Pro Zionist policies.
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« Reply #5885 on: August 24, 2018, 08:39:30 PM »
So annoying them by flying drones above their heads is fine, but if some missionaries go there it's a form of genocide lol?

Yeah. They could all become the John Hagees of South America.

I'm not sure I get the reference lol (I mean, I know who Hagee is, but not the applicability to this).

The joke was most Protestant missionaries who evangelize tend to by very zealous for all the wrong reasons. I think John Hagee pretty much embodies the worst of the worst. You don't want these locals marching on the capitol demanding Pro Zionist policies.

Oh, ok. Fair enough. Though we could debate whether it's better to be an Evangelical (even a crazy one) or an animistic pagan.

I'd rather see them become Orthodox, but FUNAI and most anthropologists don't seem to want to allow any of it.
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« Reply #5886 on: August 24, 2018, 10:48:12 PM »
The Presanctified Liturgy in the Byzantine Rite: A Comparative Analysis of Its Origins, Evolution, and Structural Components by Stefanos Alexopoulos

Everything you ever wanted to know about Presanctified.
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« Reply #5887 on: August 24, 2018, 10:55:03 PM »
Genesis.
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The Presanctified Liturgy in the Byzantine Rite: A Comparative Analysis of Its Origins, Evolution, and Structural Components by Stefanos Alexopoulos

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Oh man, I’ve been looking for that for a while...

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The Path to Salvation: A Manual of Spiritual Transformation / St. Theophan the Recluse.

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I've been meaning to read another Daniel Keyes book for a while. Merely by coincidence, it is dedicated to "the victims of child abuse, especially those in hiding"

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I read V for Vendetta this afternoon. Had never gotten around to it, and the Kindle allows me to enlarge the individual panels.
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« Reply #5892 on: August 26, 2018, 08:50:08 PM »
I read V for Vendetta this afternoon. Had never gotten around to it, and the Kindle allows me to enlarge the individual panels.

How did you like it?
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I love E. B. White. :)
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