Feast of St Dionysios the Areopagite
WHAT 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
Feast of Sts Alexander, John, and Paul the New, Patriarchs of Constantinople
OUR 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
Feast of St Eutyches the Hieromartyr & Disciple of St. John the Theologian
SOMETIME 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
Commemoration of St. Spyridon's Miracle in Corfu against the Turkish Invasion of 1716
I 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
Feast of Holy Seven Youths of Ephesus
IN 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
“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
Feast of Sts John and Symeon the Fool for Christ
I'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
Feast of St. Aquila the Apostle among the 70
OVER 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
Feast of Sts Cosmas & Damian, the Holy Unmercenaries
BACK 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
Feast of St Alban the Protomartyr of Britain
THERE 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