Directors Desk

Rise and Converge with the Symphony of Truth

Feast of St Dionysios the Areopagite

Creation_Square.jpgWHAT HATH the Ethics of Elfland to do with The Pen, the Pipe & the Pint? In other words, how can I justify organizing a festival that presents lectures on the virtuous life, organizes a seminar on smoking a tobacco pipe, and offers complementary beer-tastings from local brewers? Let me defend myself by appealing to two of my personal heroes.

Hans Urs von Balthasar,... Continue Reading


A Toast to Warren Farha's Caravan of Culture

Feast of Sts Alexander, John, and Paul the New, Patriarchs of Constantinople

EDI_Award_SQUARE.jpegOUR INAUGURAL St John of Damascus Award was a huge success. You can read a brief report about it HERE.

For me personally, it was a delight and an honor to organize an event and present an award to a man who has had such a huge influence on my life. In one way or another,... Continue Reading


Warren Farha's Top 100 Books of the 20th Century

Feast of St Eutyches the Hieromartyr & Disciple of St. John the Theologian

21_years_and_scotts_books_square.jpegSOMETIME back in 2000, Image Journal put together a list of their top 100 picks of books written in the twentieth century. They limited their list to creative writing and only allowed an author to appear once.

Image also invited others to submit their own lists. They eventually published links to lists by Scott Cairns, William Coleman... Continue Reading


St Anselm of Canterbury: A Monastic Theologian

Commemoration of St. Spyridon's Miracle in Corfu against the Turkish Invasion of 1716

Anselm_Works_Square.jpegI CAN NOW say that I have read all of St. Anselm’s works (except for the three volumes of his letters, which I’m currently working my way through). And I finished them just in time to prepare a lecture for last evening’s Hall of Men. If you're an Eighth Day Member, that lecture will appear in the... Continue Reading


St Anselm: A Father of the Church, East and West?

Feast of Holy Seven Youths of Ephesus

Anselm_Square_2.jpegIN PREPARATION for a lecture next week at the Hall of Men, I've been reading St. Anselm this week. Apart from his Prayers and Meditations, which are absolutely wonderful (here’s a sample from a recent post in our Patristic Word, which focuses on the Cross), I have to confess that I haven’t read St. Anselm since my undergraduate studies... Continue Reading


Ralph Wood: EDI's Indispensable Ecumenical Work (plus a chronology of peddling Eighth Day books and culture)

Feast of the Procession of the Precious Cross and of the Holy Seven Maccabee Children, Solomone Their Mother, and Eleazar Their Teacher

Wood__Ralph.jpg“THE WORK of Eighth Day Institute is uncompromisingly ecumenical. Roman Catholics and Protestants join Orthodox to discover and explore the deep things they hold common as Christians. This splendid community constitutes a vital alternative to the stale denominationalism that characterizes much of contemporary church life, as well as... Continue Reading


The Books of Eighth Day Institute: An Alphabetical Collection Selected by Director Doom

Feast of Sts John and Symeon the Fool for Christ

EDI_Books_Square.jpegI'VE PACKED and unpacked thousands and thousands of books, hauled as many around the country for book tables, set up two small bookstores, traveled twelve hours just to make a stab-in-the-dark bid to purchase a monastery library, all while working for Mr. Warren Farha of Eighth Day Books – he and his staff continue to travel the country peddling books... Continue Reading


The Books of My Life: An Essay from the Original Synaxis

Feast of St. Aquila the Apostle among the 70

Front_Cover_Original_Synaxis_Square.jpgOVER THE last couple of weeks, I’ve been completely reorganizing my library at The Ladder. I’ve had to install a number of new shelves to get the many stacks of books off the floor of the upstairs. The main floor is finished and the second floor will be completed this weekend. This reorganization was provoked by something I will tell you... Continue Reading


Amusing Our Culture to Death: A Postman Prophecy Fulfilled?

Feast of Sts Cosmas & Damian, the Holy Unmercenaries

amusing-ourselves-to-death_Square_1.jpegBACK IN 1985, Neil Postman published a great book titled Amusing Ourselves to Death. It has proved to be quite prophetic, increasingly so these days. If you haven’t read it yet, it really is a must read. It’s long been a staple at Eighth Day Books, where you can still purchase a copy. Here’s a short quote to give you... Continue Reading


My Hero Alan Kreider: May His Memory Be Eternal!

Feast of St Alban the Protomartyr of Britain

Krieder_Square_1.jpegTHERE ARE about a dozen men I’ve known who have had a huge impact on me. They are my heroes. Several of them have fallen asleep in the Lord over the last several years, including Dr. Anthony Gythiel (my most important undergraduate and graduate professor and master’s thesis director) and Gene Herr (a dear friend who encouraged and inspired me to move... Continue Reading