Njal’s Saga
Jun30

Njal’s Saga

About a dollar as a used paperback at Amazon If you enjoyed Lord of the Rings, then let me recommend an Icelandic story called Njal’s Saga. It’s also called The Story of Burnt Njal, because, as in most sagas, pretty much everybody is dead at the end, including Njal and his family, burned alive in their house. Suspense and story arc not important to the saga writers, since it’s history and everybody already knows what...

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Met. Kallistos on ROCOR tradition and on baptizing converts
Mar30

Met. Kallistos on ROCOR tradition and on baptizing converts

This week the ROCOR Studies website posted an interview with Metropolitan Kallistos (Ware), in which he discusses, among other things, his 1964 book Eustratios Argenti: A Study of the Greek Church under Turkish Rule. The interview chiefly discusses the Metropolitan’s long relationship with the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia which, he says, has “continued to be faithful to their liturgical and ascetic traditions to an extent...

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Through the Eye of a Needle by Peter Brown
Jul01

Through the Eye of a Needle by Peter Brown

To read a Peter Brown book is to watch somebody treat a subject as though it were a fully interactive online map. He zooms in on one area, he pans back from another…

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Andrew of Caesarea and the Apocalypse In the Ancient Church of the East
Jun12

Andrew of Caesarea and the Apocalypse In the Ancient Church of the East

Andrew of Caesarea, Archbishop of Caesarea, Cappadocia in the early 7th century, wrote the most important patristic commentary on the Apocalypse for the Orthodox Church…

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The Orthodox Church and Eschatological Frenzy
Aug31

The Orthodox Church and Eschatological Frenzy

The Recent Proliferation of “Antichristology” and Its Perilous Side-Effects; Proposals for Curing the Eschatological Fear of Marks (Seals) and Numbers

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The Ascetical Homilies of Saint Isaac the Syrian, Revised Second Edition
Jan12

The Ascetical Homilies of Saint Isaac the Syrian, Revised Second Edition

Good news! Holy Transfiguraton Monastery has published a new edition of The Ascetical Homilies of Saint Isaac the Syrian. I’d like to describe the differences between the two editions…

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