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« Reply #2700 on: November 21, 2012, 09:08:25 AM »

Our priest gave me a book yesterday 'The Saint of the Prisons' about Valeriu Gafencu, who was imprisoned under the Communists in Aiud and then Pitești (famous for the brainwashing experiments) before eventually dying in Târgu Ocna. I've only read the first couple of chapters so far but it's very interesting, particularly because it contains extracts from his own letters as well as testimonies from those who knew him in prison.

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I read the Romanian version and I think it's quite good.

I'm currently reading How can we become better by Fr Teofil Paraian
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« Reply #2701 on: November 21, 2012, 09:29:18 AM »

Our priest gave me a book yesterday 'The Saint of the Prisons' about Valeriu Gafencu, who was imprisoned under the Communists in Aiud and then Pitești (famous for the brainwashing experiments) before eventually dying in Târgu Ocna. I've only read the first couple of chapters so far but it's very interesting, particularly because it contains extracts from his own letters as well as testimonies from those who knew him in prison.

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I read the Romanian version and I think it's quite good.

I'm currently reading How can we become better by Fr Teofil Paraian

It is good. I don't have the time to read as much as I'd like nowadays (kids!) but I've almost finished it. It's also pretty much convinced me that Valeriu Gafencu is a saint, even if he hasn't actually been glorified yet.

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« Reply #2702 on: November 21, 2012, 10:56:41 AM »

The Way of Men by Jack Donovan
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« Reply #2703 on: November 21, 2012, 12:28:57 PM »

Just picked up A Game of Thrones again after a long hiatus.
I have actually never read that.

Great books, those. I read the first three almost 10 years ago. It's a shame that G.R.R.Martin takes about five years to write each new book in the series.
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« Reply #2704 on: November 21, 2012, 01:25:53 PM »

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« Reply #2705 on: November 21, 2012, 01:34:18 PM »

Right now I'm working on the Book of Enoch... I don't hold it as inspired but it certainly is one of the most interesting books I've ever read, next I will start the Epistle of Barnabas
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« Reply #2706 on: November 27, 2012, 12:33:55 AM »

Almost at Part 2 of Don Quixote.

Boy I am a slow reader, yes?

Truthfully I wanted to play Halo this weekend with some people and I was waiting for another translation to come in the mail. So glad it was worth the wait, Dr. Lathrop has an awesome translation. Plenty of footnotes and extremely readable. Not quite the elegant prose Grossman tries so hard to reach on every sentence, but according to various sources this is more faithful, plus Lathrop is one of the preeminent Cerventine scholars.

It's getting to the point where I can hardly put down the book unless other things come up.

*SPOILER*
The scene between don Fernando, Luscinda, Cardenio and Dorotea meeting and reconcilling, man that was just perfect. It's amazing I care about these characters, but was so happy about this. Hope nothing bad happens...
*END SPOILER*
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« Reply #2707 on: November 27, 2012, 01:24:05 AM »

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« Reply #2708 on: November 30, 2012, 10:17:08 AM »



http://www.scribd.com/doc/115019217/Jesus-the-Liberator-A-Historical-Theologica-Reading-of-Jesus-of-Nazareth

Archbishop Romero, helped in this by Ignacio Ellacuria, analyzed idolatry
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« Reply #2709 on: November 30, 2012, 10:42:08 AM »

The Book of Hosea.
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« Reply #2710 on: November 30, 2012, 11:16:10 AM »

A Hero of Our Time - Lermontov
The Way of Men - Jack Donovan
Sharpe's Triumph - Bernard Cornwell
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« Reply #2711 on: November 30, 2012, 12:21:39 PM »


Freedom of Mind by Steve Hassan. I read his book Combatting Cult Mind Control several years ago when I was trying to help someone get out of a cult.  (the one many Hollywood actors are in.)


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Individuals More Vulnerable than Ever

The Internet is now the primary vehicle for recruitment and indoctrination. It is also a means for spreading sophisticated information about social psychology, hypnosis, and other techniques of social control, which are being used—in ways both effective and dangerous—by ‘influence professionals.’ Meanwhile, people are becoming increasingly vulnerable. Sleep-deprived, overweight and looking to improve themselves, overloaded with often frightening images and information; anxious about the current economic decline, climate change, and government corruption on all levels. People are more susceptible than ever to charismatic figures who offer simple, black v. white, us v. them, good v. evil, formulaic solutions. These factors—the rise of the Internet; increasingly sophisticated knowledge about how to influence and manipulate others; and the growing vulnerabilities of people across the planet—make for a dangerous, potentially devastating combination.
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« Reply #2712 on: November 30, 2012, 01:46:01 PM »

Just ordered: Christianity - Lineaments of a Sacred Tradition, by Philip Sherrard.

Excited.
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« Reply #2713 on: November 30, 2012, 01:54:22 PM »

Still working on the The Plague by Camus and The Name of the Rose by Eco.  As I'm moving out of here my friends gave me yesterday Don Quijote as a farewell gift so I now I have third book to work on.
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« Reply #2714 on: November 30, 2012, 02:38:23 PM »


Freedom of Mind by Steve Hassan. I read his book Combatting Cult Mind Control several years ago when I was trying to help someone get out of a cult.  (the one many Hollywood actors are in.)


(Below excerpt from http://freedomofmind.com/Media/bookFreedom.php)

Individuals More Vulnerable than Ever

The Internet is now the primary vehicle for recruitment and indoctrination. It is also a means for spreading sophisticated information about social psychology, hypnosis, and other techniques of social control, which are being used—in ways both effective and dangerous—by ‘influence professionals.’ Meanwhile, people are becoming increasingly vulnerable. Sleep-deprived, overweight and looking to improve themselves, overloaded with often frightening images and information; anxious about the current economic decline, climate change, and government corruption on all levels. People are more susceptible than ever to charismatic figures who offer simple, black v. white, us v. them, good v. evil, formulaic solutions. These factors—the rise of the Internet; increasingly sophisticated knowledge about how to influence and manipulate others; and the growing vulnerabilities of people across the planet—make for a dangerous, potentially devastating combination.

People are just tribalizing again.  People thought that the internet would open us up into one world community, the goal of the globalists.  Human nature takes over once again, and people are now free to consort with like minded individuals as they have always done.  Us vs them is the basis of all human thought and the driving force in human nature.  I think this is ultimately a good thing.

But perhaps this is another conversation for another place in time.  Feel free to PM me if you wish to discuss or we could start a new thread.  Very interesting subject.  I hope you enjoy the book!
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« Reply #2715 on: December 01, 2012, 09:44:22 AM »

Pavel Florensky's The Pillar and Ground of the Truth.
It's on my Christmas wishlist.
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« Reply #2716 on: December 01, 2012, 09:50:30 AM »

Just ordered: Christianity - Lineaments of a Sacred Tradition, by Philip Sherrard.

Excited.

Hope you enjoy it more than I enjoyed the book by him  angel
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« Reply #2717 on: December 02, 2012, 03:58:21 AM »

I've been reading some Raymond Williams as of late, a fantastic critic, eventhough he was a Marxist. I haven't gotten yet to where he comments on identity politics but read some stuff on cultural materialism.

I like this quote from him: "The human crisis is always a crisis of understanding: what we genuinely understand we can do."
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« Reply #2718 on: December 03, 2012, 10:12:46 AM »

I'm reading "The Orthodox Eastern Church" by Adrian Fortescue.
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« Reply #2719 on: December 03, 2012, 10:39:00 AM »

Just ordered: Christianity - Lineaments of a Sacred Tradition, by Philip Sherrard.

Excited.

Hope you enjoy it more than I enjoyed the book by him  angel

Did you already post your thoughts on Human Image: World Image? I'd be interested to read them.
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« Reply #2720 on: December 03, 2012, 10:59:24 AM »

I'm reading "The Orthodox Eastern Church" by Adrian Fortescue.

Neato!
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« Reply #2721 on: December 03, 2012, 01:46:28 PM »

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« Reply #2722 on: December 03, 2012, 03:26:07 PM »

The Didascalia Apostolorum

I bet that's a lot of points in Scrabble. Smiley
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« Reply #2723 on: December 03, 2012, 03:27:34 PM »

NVM!
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« Reply #2724 on: December 03, 2012, 03:33:05 PM »

I'm reading "The Orthodox Eastern Church" by Adrian Fortescue.

Neato!

It is a great work despite its RC bias. It is very informative and witty. I was almost dying of laughter when I read this passage:

"Mr. Skarlatos Byzantios has composed a very useful Greek- French lexicon. When he comes to the preposition ἐξ, one example of its use at once occurs to him, and he illustrates the fact that it takes the genitive by this sentence: "Τὸ ἂγιου Πνεῦμα ἐκπορεύεται ἐκ μόνου τοῦ Πατρός" which he proceeds to translate for the Western student by informing him, "le Saint-Esprit procede du Pere seul." (p. 373)
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« Reply #2725 on: December 03, 2012, 03:57:07 PM »

I bet that's a lot of points in Scrabble. Smiley

Lots of interesting stuff in there. The author suggests, for example, that the Lenten Fast (or at least our fasting on the day of Passover) is partly for the sake of the Jews. We fast and pray that God may turn them around from the disbelief that led them to crucify Christ on that day.
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« Reply #2726 on: December 04, 2012, 01:52:36 PM »

The Key to Theosophy and Isis Unveiled by H. P. Blavatsky.
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« Reply #2727 on: December 04, 2012, 02:13:22 PM »

Did you already post your thoughts on Human Image: World Image? I'd be interested to read them.

I didn't post anything about it, but I'll try to go back through and collect some thoughts, probably this upcoming weekend.
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« Reply #2728 on: December 10, 2012, 05:24:19 PM »

Finished Sharpe's Triumph and am almost done with Sharpe's Fortress.

Started "War Before Civilization".  Pretty fascinating book.
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« Reply #2729 on: December 10, 2012, 05:34:24 PM »

I'm going to participate in a reading program at another site, but I'm not sure what to do. It's sort of like a new years resolution, only with books, and you get to choose how you want to set it up. For instance, you can read 1 book per week, or 1 book for each letter of the alphabet, or all the books by a particular author, etc.  Any thoughts on what I could do? I want something challenging and enjoyable, but which won't be too much considering I'll also have reading from full-time college work.
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« Reply #2730 on: December 10, 2012, 05:45:35 PM »

Just ordered: Christianity - Lineaments of a Sacred Tradition, by Philip Sherrard.

Excited.

Hope you enjoy it more than I enjoyed the book by him  angel

I'd say that I am! I'm just over a third of the way through, and I've been underlining on nearly every page. Whether one agrees with all of his premises or not, it makes for fascinating reading. Highly recommendable.
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« Reply #2731 on: December 11, 2012, 10:53:09 AM »

The Key to Theosophy and Isis Unveiled by H. P. Blavatsky.

Dude, are you becoming a theosophist?
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« Reply #2732 on: December 11, 2012, 01:17:19 PM »

I'm reading the Iliad, Aeneid, Odyssey trilogy now. Just started with the Iliad.
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Dude, are you becoming a theosophist?
Yes, in the truest sense of the word. I have no intention, however, of becoming a member of the Society (which became nothing short of ridiculous following H.P.B.'s death). You can PM me if you want (so as not to derail the thread).
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« Reply #2734 on: December 11, 2012, 03:51:50 PM »

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I bet that's a lot of points in Scrabble. Smiley

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« Reply #2735 on: December 15, 2012, 12:42:11 PM »

Right now, I'm reading:
For the Life of the World by Fr. Alexander Schmemann
The Way of the Ascetics Tito Colliander
Glories of Czestochowa and Jasna Gora. A collection of miracles attributed to the Mother of God in Czestochowa, Poland.
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« Reply #2736 on: December 15, 2012, 12:48:57 PM »

It only counts if played in Latin and at the Scrabbelorum.

Academia's funny that way. Greek original in Syriac translation with a Latin title.
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« Reply #2737 on: December 15, 2012, 01:07:46 PM »

Well since no one was interested in my last post...  Tongue

I'm going to do a program of reading through all the works of Albert Camus and taking notes. I expect a treasure trove of psychological and philosophical insights. (<-- I'm serious, but I figured that'd make you laugh 'norm  Grin )
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« Reply #2738 on: December 17, 2012, 04:39:21 PM »

The Stranger - Albert Camus
A Nietzsche Reader - Nietzsche
Is Pluto a Planet? A Historical Journey Through the Solar System - David A. Weintraub
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« Reply #2739 on: December 17, 2012, 04:46:20 PM »

Is Pluto a Planet? A Historical Journey Through the Solar System - David A. Weintraub
Please, I'm trying to forget the greatest scientific scandal and moral offense since Galileo.
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Is Pluto a Planet? A Historical Journey Through the Solar System - David A. Weintraub
Please, I'm trying to forge the greatest scientific scandal and moral offense since Galileo.

Hmm?

If you are speaking of him, I believe the main gist of the book is that the idea of what a "planet" is has changed throughout history. I would assume by this that he will conclude that what happened with Pluto several years ago is perfectly normal and acceptable. But I could be wrong.
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« Reply #2741 on: December 17, 2012, 05:53:24 PM »

The Stranger - Albert Camus
A Nietzsche Reader - Nietzsche
Is Pluto a Planet? A Historical Journey Through the Solar System - David A. Weintraub

I want to read Camus. What book should I start with?
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« Reply #2742 on: December 17, 2012, 06:03:32 PM »

Of his works of fiction, The Stranger is a short work and somewhat simple, and The Plague is a bit longer and more drawn out (in a good way). Others (and plays) are not quite as good. Fwiw I preferred The Stranger of the above two. The Myth of Sisyphus is his main non-fiction work, and details his ideas about what might be called absurdism.
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« Reply #2743 on: December 17, 2012, 06:13:19 PM »

Of his works of fiction, The Stranger is a short work and somewhat simple, and The Plague is a bit longer and more drawn out (in a good way). Others (and plays) are not quite as good. Fwiw I preferred The Stranger of the above two. The Myth of Sisyphus is his main non-fiction work, and details his ideas about what might be called absurdism.

Thanks for the info. I just realized that I did read The Stranger waaay back when I was in high school. I can't remember much about it, though. Anyway, I just placed a hold on The Plague because my library has a copy. Cheers!
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« Reply #2744 on: December 18, 2012, 09:04:38 AM »

Great! You'll be crying "the existentialists haven't gone far enough!" from the roof tops in no time!  Grin
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