The Fellowship

Feast of the Synaxis of the Holy and Righteous Symeon the God-Receiver and the Holy Prophetess Anna
The Fellowship: The Literary Lives of the Inklings: J. R. R. Tolkien, C. S. Lewis, Owen Barfield, Charles Williams by Philip Zaleski and Carol Zaleski

Zalesky__Fellowship_Square.jpegPROBABLY the most comprehensive examination of the Inklings to date. The Zaleskis accomplish the formidable task of creating substantial portraits of Tolkien, Lewis, Barfield, and Williams,... Continue Reading

Being As Communion

Feast of St Anthony the Great
Being As Communion: Studies in Personhood and the Church by John Zizioulas

Being_as_Communion_Square.jpegFOR TWENTIETH-century Christians, the application of the slogan “No pain, no gain” is appropriate to the painstaking absorption of this sometimes difficult, but immensely rewarding work. Written by the contemporary Orthodox theologian John Zizioulas, these studies represent ground-breaking developments over the past three decades in what has come to be... Continue Reading

Ecstasy and Intimacy

Feast of the Martyr Tatiana
Ecstasy and Intimacy: When the Holy Spirit Meets the Human Spirit by Edith M. Humphrey; foreword by Eugene Peterson

Ecstasy_and_Intimacy_Square.jpegDR. HUMPHREY, professor of New Testament at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, is a theologian in love with God – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. In a few pages you’ll find references to St. Augustine, St. Gregory of Nyssa, St. John Chrysostom, the Liturgy named for... Continue Reading

Friendship and the Moral Life

Feast of St Melania the Younger, Nun of Rome

Wadell__Frienship_and_Moral_Life_Square.jpgAN ELOQUENT argument for the centrality—not just importance—of friendship in human life, moral life, and Christian life. Wadell’s reading of the Nichomachean Ethics highlights friendship as the key to understanding Aristotle’s rich vision of eudaimonia, the good life; and his subsequent investigations in the Christian tradition lead him to expound friendship as a “school of love,” entirely consistent with agape,... Continue Reading

Spiritual Friendship

Feast of St Herman of Alaska
De_Speculo_Caritatis_Square.jpegSpiritual Friendship by Aelred of Reivaulx

BORN TO an influential clerical family in Northumbria, Aelred was educated in Latin and the Classics at the court of the King of Scots. The great influence of Cicero's On Friendship led Aelred, after his conversion to Christianity, to wonder what treasures on this subject might be in Holy Scripture and the writings of the Fathers. He... Continue Reading

Christian Friendship in the Fourth Century

Feast of St Ambrose, Bishop of Milan
Christian Friendship in the Fourth Century by Carolinne White

White__Xian_Friendship_in_4th_Cent.jpgDRAWING from her extensive research and translation of the early Church Fathers, Carolinne White has constructed an accessible, possibly seminal, study of friendship and its development in one of the most formative centuries of Christendom. This richly academic volume builds on the classical understanding of friendship and its subsequent synthesis within the body... Continue Reading

The Feasts of the Lord

Feast of Sts Philemon and Archippus of the 70
The Feasts of the Lord: An Introduction to the Twelve Feasts and Orthodox Liturgy by Metropolitan Hierotheos Vlachos; translated by Esther Williams

Hierotheos__Feasts_of_the_Lord_Square.jpegBY SIMPLEST definition, a commentary on the twelve feasts of the Orthodox ecclesial year. But of course, we cannot leave it at that because it is Metropolitan Hierotheos’ Christological interpretation of these feasts (standing squarely on the shoulders... Continue Reading

The Meaning of Life

Feast of St Matthew the Apostle and Evangelist
The Meaning of Life by S. L. Frank; translated by Boris Jakim

Frank__Meaning_of_Life_Square.jpgTHE MASS of men lead lives of quiet desperation,” writes Thoreau in Walden, and the great Russian philosopher Frank pinpoints the cause: our fear that life is meaningless. “For a moment we can evade this question [of meaning], chase it away from ourselves, but the next moment it is... Continue Reading

Ascetical Works of St Basil the Great

Feast of St Lazarus the Wonderworker
Ascetical Works – Fathers of the Church Patristic Series, Vol. 9 by St. Basil the Great; trans. by Vasilii Blazhennyi and M. Monica Wagner

Basil_Square_6.jpgIF YOU have ever wondered why St. Basil is called ‘The Great,’ you need look no further than this collection of writings which, for their subsequent impact on Church and culture, rank among the most important documents of late... Continue Reading

To Change the World

Feast of St Nestor the Martyr of Thessaloniki
To Change the World: The Irony, Tragedy, and Possibility of Christianity in the Late Modern World by James Davison Hunter

Hunter_To_Change_the_World_Square.jpgHUNTER brings keen sociological insight to bear in these haunting reflections on the Christian impulse to change, transform, or redeem our troubled world. Such efforts are doomed to fail, Hunter argues, because American Christians often confuse culture with values, seek change... Continue Reading