On Feasts: How to Celebrate Festivals Festively

Feast of St Benedict of Nursia

OVER 100 years ago in 1906, Kurt Eisner, a communist intellectual, wrote a book titled Festivals of the Unfestive. In this work he pondered the possibility of the death of feasts: “Perhaps the time is approaching when festivals, as mass manifestations of an intensified sense of life, will be nothing more than curiosities to be studied from old pictures and artifacts preserved in... Continue Reading

St Patrick: Have You Kept the Faith

Feast of the Holy Forty Martyrs of Sebastia

I DO NOT trust myself as long as I am in this body of death, for strong is he who daily strives to turn me away from the faith and the purity of true religion to which I have devoted myself to the end of my life to Christ my Lord. But the hostile flesh is ever dragging us unto death,... Continue Reading

St Patrick: Do You Confess & Adore One God in the Trinity?

Feast of St Hermas the Apostle of the 70

BECAUSE there is no other God, nor ever was, nor will be, than God the Father unbegotten,
Without beginning, from whom is all beginning,
The Lord of the universe, as we have been taught;

And His Son Jesus Christ,
Whom we declare to have always been with the Father,
Spiritually and ineffably begotten by the Father
Before the beginning of the world, before all beginning;
And... Continue Reading

The Spirit of Early Christian Thought

Feast of the Finding of the Precious Cross by St. Helen
The Spirit of Early Christian Thought: Seeking the Face of God by Robert Louis Wilken

ROBERT Wilken is one of our finest contemporary writers on early Christianity, one who can communicate with a general readership without condescension (the real test of genuine scholarship). He began this book intending to write a history of early Christian apologetics but... Continue Reading

Eighth Day Colloquium: Political Theology & Orthodoxy

Feast of the Martyr Hesychius

POLITICS. Church and state. Christendom. Political theology. Boy did we pick a big—but good—one to launch our inaugural Eighth Day Colloquium. Well, we didn’t actually pick it. You can give a big thanks to Ben Davis—he dropped this idea, and the arrangements, into our lap. And thanks to James K. A. Smith—he set the theme with the release of the third volume... Continue Reading

Patriarch Jeremiah II: Have You Cleansed Your Mind with the Correct Faith?

Feast of the Martyr Eudocia

Jeremias_II_Square.jpegJUST AS the all-embracing virtues are seven in number: humility, modesty, poverty, fasting, chastity, patience, and forbearance, so also the opposite vices are seven in number: pride, ambition, greed, gluttony, fornication, sloth, and anger. The most sacred symbol dissuades from the vices and urges one on to the virtues. Humility is aroused by the descent of God, the Logos, from the heavens; modesty, by... Continue Reading

Empire & Desert: Antinomies of Christian History

Feast of the Righteous John Cassian the Confessor

Justinian_Square.jpegCHRISTIANITY entered history as a new social order, or rather a new social dimension. From the very beginning Christianity was not primarily a “doctrine,” but exactly a “community.” There was not only a “Message” to be proclaimed and delivered, and “Good News” to be declared. There was precisely a New Community, distinct and peculiar, in the process of... Continue Reading

St Augustine: What Do You Believe, Hope & Love?

Feast of St Agathus of Rome

Augustine_Square_4.jpgMY BRETHREN, seeing that you have gathered together today as for a solemn feast and that you have come in greater numbers than usual, I admonish you in your devotedness to remember what you have just sung so that your voice may not resound while your heart is silent, but, rather, that what you have uttered for one another’s ears may reach the... Continue Reading

St Augustine: Do You See the Surpassing Glory of the City of God?

Feast of St Onesimus of the 70

Augustine_Square_2.jpgTHE GLORIOUS city of God is my theme in this work, which you, my dearest son Marcellinus, suggested, and which is due to you by my promise. I have undertaken its defense against those who prefer their own gods to the Founder of this city – a city surpassingly glorious, whether we view it as it still lives by faith in this... Continue Reading

The Refuge of Small-Scale Book-Loving Community in a Post-Virtue Modernity

The Saturday of Souls 

after-virtue_square.jpegMANY THANKS to Shailesh Mark (a new friend gifted to me by the Eighth Day community) and our new weekly meetings, I’ve finally begun editing my dissertation for submission. This happens to coincide with the Cappadocian Society (an Eighth Day reading group for pastors and ministry leaders) finishing their second book: After Virtue by Alisdair MacIntyre. If you are familiar with MacIntyre, he is not... Continue Reading