Originally Quoted by Ebor:
I mean no disrespect here, but one question might be "what books/authors are you reading?" and another is "Are they "lost" or is it looking through a different "lens" (either theirs or yours looking at them)? Also, are they authors that you have read in the past and are taking another look or new ones that you are in some way seeing as lacking without realizing it, maybe?
Too many books to recall. Novels from the Victorian era and beforehand, but also 20th-century works. Philosophy and history, too. When I said "lost," I meant that, from my position, they seem not to have a keen awareness of their spiritual sense, although this is not true of all Western authors. Even though Dietrich von Hildebrand in his work, Transformation in Christ, beautifully lays out the Christian virtues, I cannot help but sense that the spiritual quality is not as high as it could be. This is the sense I get with many Latin Christian books: they are very fine in logically setting forth Christian beliefs, and oftentimes touch on great truths; but the truths, even if they are charged with energy, always enter the head rather than the heart. I oftentimes finish reading a Latin Christian book feeling much charged with energy but without real peace or heartfelt possession of the Holy Spirit. I have noticed this effect in the past, but it is more poignant now than before. To tell you the truth, this even initially happens with some Orthodox writings, but mostly with proverbial advice on fasting, prayer, etc. I really liked the conversation of St. Seraphim on the possession of the Holy Spirit. In sum, I suppose that, in reading Orthodox literature, I don't obtain an immediate apprecation of truth, but rather it comes only afterwards, as I dwell on what I have read. It tends to grow within me over time.
In short, I think that it's my lens that have changed, therefore allowing me to recognize things that I was only partially aware of in the past.