Directors Desk

An Ancient Christian Theory of Images

Forefeast of the Conception of the Theotokos

John_Damascene_Square_2.jpgSEVERAL TIMES a year the Spiritual Life Center hosts an evening similar to the Hall of Men and the Sisters of Sophia. They call it Dinner with the Doctors. After dinner a lecture is presented on one of the 36 Doctors of the Catholic Church. The dinner and lecture take place in a hall that is decorated with images of those 36 doctors... Continue Reading


#EighthDayGivingTuesday 2017

Feast of the Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple

THANKSGIVING is in the air. 

We are so grateful for our many supporters and volunteers. Our work would not exist without all of you!

That spirit of gratitude will be shared all around the country this Thursday. It also has an opportunity to manifest itself in less than seven days on #GivingThursday. On the heels of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, this day has launched the charitable giving season for... Continue Reading


From 8 to 188: The Miraculous Years

Synaxis of the Archangel Michael & the other Bodiless Powers: Gabriel, Raphael, Uriel, Salaphiel, Jegudie & Barachiel

Dreher_at_Ladder_with_Jennifer_Harder_Square.jpegSEVERAL important things happened three years ago at Eighth Day Institute (“EDI”).

First, EDI received a grant for two purposes: (1) to send me a way for a month to re-start my dissertation (a long story that I’m so glad to have behind me); and (2) to bring me on as a... Continue Reading


The Imitation of the Inklings: Do the Deed at Hand!

Feast of St Artremius the Great Martyr of Antioch

inklings-1.jpgDID YOU KNOW there are nineteen “canonical” Inklings? Or at least that’s how many Humphrey Carpenter includes in his book The Inklings. Of those nineteen, C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien are by far the most known and widely read. (If you want to learn more about all nineteen of them, David Bratman uses Carpenter’s list to... Continue Reading


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