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« Reply #1260 on: February 12, 2010, 03:03:57 AM »

I guess I shouldn't say that parts of it are "dry." That is disrespectful. Everything in the book has value and is included because of something it has to teach us about Father Rose and his great example. I really loved the first part of the book, because I like reading about people's spiritual journeys and their philosophical development. But I guess I found some of the sections devoted to the peripheral figures in Father Rose's life a bit distracting. I wanted to keep reading about his own experiences and his own views. But it is his biography, and thus it is absolutely necessary to discuss the influential people in his life. I apologize for saying parts of it were dry.

I really like the section on Genesis, Creation, and Early Man. Father Rose was way ahead of his time and very prophetic in his analysis and critique of the philosophy of evolutionary theory (although some others here will probably disagree).

I understand now exactly what you mean ... I agree, sometimes when we are really engaged with the personality we are studying and the author gives background for the other characters it can be distracting. However, my personal experience with this book, thus far, is that it has helped me open my eyes by reading up on the different philosophers, or influential religious characters ... it gives a good reality check to how society works and how we perhaps require more tolerance of these differences - and WHO came to my mind in reading? Mother Gavriella, another example of an Orthodox mixing in with non-Orthodox and being a beacon of light.

As for his prophetic analysis and critique of Genesis and Creation, you are not the only one from that school of thought. I am TOO! So was Elder Porfyrios, Elder Paisios and many of the enlightened Elders of our times ... none of them discount Science but they all (prophetically) warn that science will be tampered with and that many ""outcomes"" will be fabricated and not true ... I would much rather stand next to Elder Porfyrios and Blessed Fr Seraphim at Judgement Day and say, you know what ... Im with them on that one!

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« Reply #1261 on: February 13, 2010, 12:40:04 AM »

Re-reading "Abba Dorotheos- Practical Teaching On The Christian Life" translated by Constantine Scouteris.
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« Reply #1262 on: February 13, 2010, 01:03:55 AM »

Saint Nektarios: The Saint of our Century, by Sotos Chondropoulous.
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« Reply #1263 on: February 13, 2010, 04:45:24 PM »

Was at Barnes and Noble today and picked up a couple books...

How Philosophy Can Save Your Life: 10 Ideas That Matter Most, by Marietta McCarty. At first the vibe I got from this book was that of a self-help book, which I generally wouldn't be interested in, but I found it in the philosophy section so I decided to leaf through it (and eventually I decided to purchase it). The book seems to look at various thinkers, from Socrates to John Stuart Mill to Shunryu Suzuki, in an effort to outline qualities you should try to develop to have an enjoyable/fulfilled life. The themes are: simlicity, communication, perspective, flexibility, empathy, individuality, belonging, serenity, possibility, and joy.  

Doubt, A History, by Jennifer Michael Hecht. This book is about doubt (suprising, I know Smiley ). The book starts around 600 BC and goes up through the present. It's focused mainly on the western world, though the author does devote a chapter to "Ancient Doubt in Asia".

I wanted to buy The Greatest Show On Earth by Dawkins, but I was on a budget today, and it didn't quite make the cut. Always next month (though now that I think about it, this book is probably popular enough that my library might have it)...
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« Reply #1264 on: February 13, 2010, 06:55:18 PM »

I'm currently reading:

"Unweaving the Rainbow: Science,Delusion and the Appetite for Wonder" Richard Dawkins

"Reading the Bible Again for the First Time" Marcus J. Borg

"Beauty" Roger Scruton

"Who Wrote the Bible?" Richard E. Friedman

"My Disillusionment In Russia" Emma Goldman

"Dinner With a Perfect Stranger: An Invitation Worth Considering" David Gregory  (another David Gregory)
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« Reply #1265 on: February 13, 2010, 07:00:17 PM »

Was at Barnes and Noble today and picked up a couple books...

How Philosophy Can Save Your Life: 10 Ideas That Matter Most, by Marietta McCarty. At first the vibe I got from this book was that of a self-help book, which I generally wouldn't be interested in, but I found it in the philosophy section so I decided to leaf through it (and eventually I decided to purchase it). The book seems to look at various thinkers, from Socrates to John Stuart Mill to Shunryu Suzuki, in an effort to outline qualities you should try to develop to have an enjoyable/fulfilled life. The themes are: simlicity, communication, perspective, flexibility, empathy, individuality, belonging, serenity, possibility, and joy.  

Doubt, A History, by Jennifer Michael Hecht. This book is about doubt (suprising, I know Smiley ). The book starts around 600 BC and goes up through the present. It's focused mainly on the western world, though the author does devote a chapter to "Ancient Doubt in Asia".

Now, that looks interesting.

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I wanted to buy The Greatest Show On Earth by Dawkins, but I was on a budget today, and it didn't quite make the cut. Always next month (though now that I think about it, this book is probably popular enough that my library might have it)...

I've ordered The Greatest Show on Earth. Should be here next week.  It's had very good reviews at Amazon.
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« Reply #1266 on: February 13, 2010, 07:04:40 PM »

^ I agree. Your books sound fascinating, Aster. I'm hoping I can eventually borrow them from the public library system as purchasing is out of the question for now.

ETA: Hurrah! I just reserved "Doubt"!
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« Reply #1267 on: February 14, 2010, 06:39:49 PM »

I guess I shouldn't say that parts of it are "dry." That is disrespectful. Everything in the book has value and is included because of something it has to teach us about Father Rose and his great example. I really loved the first part of the book, because I like reading about people's spiritual journeys and their philosophical development. But I guess I found some of the sections devoted to the peripheral figures in Father Rose's life a bit distracting. I wanted to keep reading about his own experiences and his own views. But it is his biography, and thus it is absolutely necessary to discuss the influential people in his life. I apologize for saying parts of it were dry.

I really like the section on Genesis, Creation, and Early Man. Father Rose was way ahead of his time and very prophetic in his analysis and critique of the philosophy of evolutionary theory (although some others here will probably disagree).

I understand now exactly what you mean ... I agree, sometimes when we are really engaged with the personality we are studying and the author gives background for the other characters it can be distracting. However, my personal experience with this book, thus far, is that it has helped me open my eyes by reading up on the different philosophers, or influential religious characters ... it gives a good reality check to how society works and how we perhaps require more tolerance of these differences - and WHO came to my mind in reading? Mother Gavriella, another example of an Orthodox mixing in with non-Orthodox and being a beacon of light.

As for his prophetic analysis and critique of Genesis and Creation, you are not the only one from that school of thought. I am TOO! So was Elder Porfyrios, Elder Paisios and many of the enlightened Elders of our times ... none of them discount Science but they all (prophetically) warn that science will be tampered with and that many ""outcomes"" will be fabricated and not true ... I would much rather stand next to Elder Porfyrios and Blessed Fr Seraphim at Judgement Day and say, you know what ... Im with them on that one!

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« Reply #1268 on: February 16, 2010, 10:04:06 AM »

Remember Thy First Love by Archimandrite Zacharias (Zacharou) of the Stavropegic Monastery of St. John the Baptist, Essex, UK.

I got it yesterday and can't put it down. Truly inspiring.
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« Reply #1269 on: February 21, 2010, 12:35:20 AM »

After watching a version of Northanger Abbey, I've decided to finally get around to reading M.G. Lewis' The Monk.
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« Reply #1270 on: February 21, 2010, 01:39:09 AM »

After watching a version of Northanger Abbey, I've decided to finally get around to reading M.G. Lewis' The Monk.

No!! Please don't read that book. I have it and am throwing it away. Its poorly written garbage, really bad stuff, attracts negative energy. Let the a well known literary critic and philosopher speak:

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The main character, the lustful evil monk is has the same name as Irish hermit of all people by the way. Irony.
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« Reply #1271 on: February 21, 2010, 09:46:01 PM »

More lurid than the standard Gothic story, but I enjoyed it nonetheless.
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« Reply #1272 on: February 22, 2010, 01:22:42 AM »

A good collection of ghost stories (but nothing lurid like "the monk"): Ghost stories of an Antiquary by M.R. James.
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« Reply #1273 on: March 05, 2010, 05:14:16 AM »

The Death of Ivan Ilyich, by Leo Tolstoy.
How to Get a Literary Agent, by Michael Larsen
An Editor's Advice To Writers: The Forest For the Trees, by Betsy Lerner

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« Reply #1274 on: March 05, 2010, 03:19:09 PM »

Socrates Meets Jesus - By Peter Kreeft
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« Reply #1275 on: March 05, 2010, 07:18:23 PM »

Anna of all the Russias:The Life of Anna Akhmatova - By Elaine Feinstein

A Generous Orthodoxy- By Brian D. McLaren
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« Reply #1276 on: March 05, 2010, 09:11:29 PM »

Seeing as how I'm a little broke at the moment- pretty much anything I can find online by St Gregory Palamas, St John Climacus, Father Florovsky (I'm on my second reading of the Eastern Fathers series), and Vladimir Lossky.  Lossky kinda makes my head spin, I've never encountered the like in Protestant (or Roman, for that matter) theology.  Hardcopy of Bishop Kallistos Ware's The Orthodox Church never leaves my backpack, it is my public transit reading.
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« Reply #1277 on: March 05, 2010, 10:02:56 PM »

Socrates Meets Jesus - By Peter Kreeft

Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
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Nothing to learn from mr.Socrates. I prefer the greatest analytical mind in the last 2000 years, the Treasurer of the Faith St. Paul.
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« Reply #1278 on: March 05, 2010, 11:22:14 PM »

Seeing as how I'm a little broke at the moment- pretty much anything I can find online by St Gregory Palamas, St John Climacus, Father Florovsky (I'm on my second reading of the Eastern Fathers series), and Vladimir Lossky.  Lossky kinda makes my head spin, I've never encountered the like in Protestant (or Roman, for that matter) theology.  Hardcopy of Bishop Kallistos Ware's The Orthodox Church never leaves my backpack, it is my public transit reading.


Good place for free books:

http://www.munseys.com/


I have a reader, place books in them. You actually get used to the thing its pretty good.
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« Reply #1279 on: March 06, 2010, 10:12:31 PM »

Seeing as how I'm a little broke at the moment- pretty much anything I can find online by St Gregory Palamas, St John Climacus, Father Florovsky (I'm on my second reading of the Eastern Fathers series), and Vladimir Lossky.  Lossky kinda makes my head spin, I've never encountered the like in Protestant (or Roman, for that matter) theology.  Hardcopy of Bishop Kallistos Ware's The Orthodox Church never leaves my backpack, it is my public transit reading.


Good place for free books:

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I have a reader, place books in them. You actually get used to the thing its pretty good.

What an excellent resource, thank you.
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« Reply #1280 on: March 07, 2010, 02:51:29 AM »

Values in a time of upheaval & The Spirit of the Liturgy by Joseph Ratzinger
Confessions by St. Augustine
On prayer by Archmandrine Sophrony of Essex
Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
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« Reply #1281 on: March 07, 2010, 08:27:36 AM »

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« Reply #1282 on: March 13, 2010, 05:15:49 PM »

Bodybuilding Anatomy, by Nick Evans - Pretty pictures!  Grin  Seriously though, it has very nice representations of the muscles worked during this or that exercise. It does a good job at juggling the necessary and beneficial use of technical jargon on the one hand, and keeping things simple enough that you can understand it without a degree in kinesiology on the other. It's not exhaustive, but it's an interesting book to read, whether you go from cover to cover, or even just pick a random page here and there.

Understanding Nutrition, by Whitney and Rolfes - This is the textbook for my Nutrition class. I'm just listing it here because I've been reading it so much lately, and will be reading it a lot more in the next couple months. It's pretty much your standard "orthodox" stuff on nutrition I guess. Sometimes it says things that some would disagree with, for example it says to avoid low-carb diets, but generally it's just basic information (what happens when you have an iron deficiency, what partially hydrogenated oils are, etc.)
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« Reply #1283 on: March 13, 2010, 05:16:49 PM »

Nothing to learn from mr.Socrates.

Many Church Fathers disagree with you, but hey, doesn't confront me none Smiley
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« Reply #1284 on: March 13, 2010, 05:26:29 PM »

Church's Thesis After 70 Years by Olszewski, Wolenski & Janusz.
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« Reply #1285 on: March 16, 2010, 06:20:04 PM »

Hemmingway, The Final Years  by Michael Reynolds
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Nothing to learn from mr.Socrates.
You kidding right?
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« Reply #1287 on: March 16, 2010, 09:29:21 PM »

No Papist I'm not kidding. Saint Paul got only a handful of people to listen to him in Athens after debating in Attican Greek for hours.
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« Reply #1288 on: March 16, 2010, 11:07:49 PM »

No Papist I'm not kidding. Saint Paul got only a handful of people to listen to him in Athens after debating in Attican Greek for hours.
You know alot of what Plato teaches through the Socratic dialogues is strikingly similar to Christianity right? Truth is truth, no matter where it is found. Perhaps we should start a thread on this matter.
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No Papist I'm not kidding. Saint Paul got only a handful of people to listen to him in Athens after debating in Attican Greek for hours.
You know alot of what Plato teaches through the Socratic dialogues is strikingly similar to Christianity right? Truth is truth, no matter where it is found. Perhaps we should start a thread on this matter.

A bad tree (paganism) cannot generate good fruit (Christianity as opposed to heathen philosophy). A little pagan philosophy leavens the whole lump of Christianity. Read the writings of Julian the Apostate, see how much Plato he quotes to support his persecutions. I really don't think there is anything to be learned from pagan philosophy.

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Colossians 2:8

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No Papist I'm not kidding. Saint Paul got only a handful of people to listen to him in Athens after debating in Attican Greek for hours.
You know alot of what Plato teaches through the Socratic dialogues is strikingly similar to Christianity right? Truth is truth, no matter where it is found. Perhaps we should start a thread on this matter.

A bad tree (paganism) cannot generate good fruit (Christianity as opposed to heathen philosophy). A little pagan philosophy leavens the whole lump of Christianity. Read the writings of Julian the Apostate, see how much Plato he quotes to support his persecutions. I really don't think there is anything to be learned from pagan philosophy.

and...two commands which must be upheld if we are to uphold the tradition:

Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
Colossians 2:8

O Timothy! Guard what was committed to your trust, avoiding the profane and idle babblings and contradictions of what is falsely called knowledge by professing it some have strayed concerning the faith.
1 Timothy 6:20-21
Let's not take the thread off track. Do you wanna start a new thread to discuss this?
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Socrates Meets Jesus - By Peter Kreeft
That's a good one--I like Kreeft's other 'fictional dialogues' as well like 'The Journey', 'Between Heaven and Hell', and 'The Best Things in Life'.
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Socrates Meets Jesus - By Peter Kreeft
That's a good one--I like Kreeft's other 'fictional dialogues' as well like 'The Journey', 'Between Heaven and Hell', and 'The Best Things in Life'.
Have you listented to any of his lectures online? They are fantastic as well.
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« Reply #1293 on: March 18, 2010, 08:08:07 AM »

Socrates Meets Jesus - By Peter Kreeft

Oooo ... imagine!

That would be amazing.

That would be something I would want to witness ...
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« Reply #1294 on: March 18, 2010, 08:11:36 AM »

Nothing to learn from mr.Socrates.

Many Church Fathers disagree with you, but hey, doesn't confront me none Smiley

Yes, I disagree with you Rafa ... many church fathers have said that we might be suprised to see Mr Socrates in heaven:

Remember, ALL those from before Christ were preached to by St John the Baptist ... so, when Christ died, he went IN to Hades and those who believe Him to be the Son were brought out ... all of them. They say that Socrates had understood "God" but had never "met" Him (ie. Preached to about Him or Know Him) ... if Socrates had come to this conclusion on his own, I highly suspect that he would be able to recognise The Christ.
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« Reply #1295 on: March 20, 2010, 07:57:18 PM »

Anatomy for Strength and Fitness Training: An Illustrated Guide to Your Muscles in Action, by Mark Vella. This book has more information and is more advanced/technical than Bodybuilding Anatomy by Nick Evans, but for some reason I found the book by Evans more enjoyable.
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« Reply #1296 on: March 20, 2010, 08:23:26 PM »

the annointing by benny hinn.  that and my NLT one year bible.
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« Reply #1297 on: March 20, 2010, 08:31:52 PM »

the annointing by benny hinn.  that and my NLT one year bible.
Seriously?
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« Reply #1298 on: March 20, 2010, 08:40:06 PM »

the annointing by benny hinn.  that and my NLT one year bible.
Seriously?
WAAAY serious.  i like it. its very moving when he talks about the holy spirit.
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« Reply #1299 on: March 20, 2010, 08:43:54 PM »

the annointing by benny hinn.  that and my NLT one year bible.
Seriously?
WAAAY serious.  i like it. its very moving when he talks about the holy spirit.
Lord have mercy. You need to talk to your spiritual father about this right away.
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« Reply #1300 on: March 20, 2010, 08:47:48 PM »

the annointing by benny hinn.  that and my NLT one year bible.
Seriously?
WAAAY serious.  i like it. its very moving when he talks about the holy spirit.
Lord have mercy. You need to talk to your spiritual father about this right away.
i do. my deacon says i should also read rick warren's a purpose driven life. yep.

GOD is Good. ^_^
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« Reply #1301 on: March 20, 2010, 08:58:20 PM »

the annointing by benny hinn.  that and my NLT one year bible.
Seriously?
WAAAY serious.  i like it. its very moving when he talks about the holy spirit.
Lord have mercy. You need to talk to your spiritual father about this right away.
i do. my deacon says i should also read rick warren's a purpose driven life. yep.

GOD is Good. ^_^
I think I know what's going on here, and you're not going to get the sort of reaction I think you expect.
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« Reply #1302 on: March 22, 2010, 03:14:32 PM »

Nothing to learn from mr.Socrates.

Many Church Fathers disagree with you, but hey, doesn't confront me none Smiley

Yes, I disagree with you Rafa ... many church fathers have said that we might be suprised to see Mr Socrates in heaven:

Remember, ALL those from before Christ were preached to by St John the Baptist ... so, when Christ died, he went IN to Hades and those who believe Him to be the Son were brought out ... all of them. They say that Socrates had understood "God" but had never "met" Him (ie. Preached to about Him or Know Him) ... if Socrates had come to this conclusion on his own, I highly suspect that he would be able to recognise The Christ.

I really disagree, the pagans used heathen philosophy to persecute the adherents of the new faith. Even the Greek Christians Emperors like Justinian shut down the schools of Philosophy in Constantinople.
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« Reply #1303 on: March 22, 2010, 05:19:53 PM »



I am reading St. John Cassian "The Conferences", and am quite certain it is a philosophical book, not a book about philosophy (yech, like eating puke...apologies towards those who read philosophies for a living or entertainment).


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« Reply #1304 on: March 22, 2010, 06:12:41 PM »

The Four Loves   - C.S. Lewis
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