Truth Is Symphonic

Feast of the Prophet Ezekiel
Truth is Symphonic: Aspects of Pluralism by Hans Urs von Balthasar

Truth_is_Symphonic_Square.jpgON THE KNOTTY issue of pluralism, we offer the profound erudition and musicality of Hans Urs von Balthasar. Herein, he reflects on the theme of pluralism and its relation to the truths of Christianity. With his utility of metaphor, von Balthasar is able to speak appropriately concerning many mysteries of God. He presents God... Continue Reading

Christ, Our Way and Our Life

Feast of the Holy Great Martyr Procopius
Christ, Our Way and Our Life: A Presentation of the Theology of Archimandrite Sophrony by Archimandrite Zacharias

Christ_True_Vine_Square.jpgArchimandrite Zacharias, a member of the Monastery of St. John the Baptist in Essex, England is the spiritual son of Archimandrite Sophrony, and therefore spiritual grandson of St. Silouan the Athonite. From all reports this humble, unassuming monk is as remarkable as his spiritual forebears.... Continue Reading

Toward a Eucharistic Vision of Church, Family, Marriage and Sex

Feast of the Righteous Fathers Sergius & Herman, Founders of Valaam Monastery
Toward a Eucharistic Vision of Church, Family, Marriage and Sex by Philip LeMasters

Christ_Serving_Square.jpgTHE AUTHOR describes this work as “an ‘apologetic’ essay that aims to ground sex and marriage in the Church’s understanding of the Eucharist.'” Sex and Eucharist in one essay?! Certainly, no other topics could seem more divergent, even opposed, yet LeMasters claims to see... Continue Reading

Old Testament Homilies - 3 Volume Set

Feast of the Nativity of the Forerunner John the Baptist and of St Elizabeth, Mother of the Forerunner
Old Testament Homilies – 3 Volume Set by St John Chrysostom; translated by Robert Charles Hill

John_Chrysostom_square_3.jpgALTHOUGH ST John may best be known for his commentaries on the New Testament (for which St. Thomas Aquinas declared he would give ''the whole town of Paris''), he was well-versed in Old Testament interpretation... Continue Reading

The Pleasures of Reading in an Age of Distraction

Feast of St Moses of Optina
The Pleasures of Reading in an Age of Distraction by Alan Jacobs

Pleasures_Reading_Age_Distraction_Square.jpgIN RECENT YEARS, cultural commentators have sounded the alarm about the dire state of reading in America. Americans are not reading enough, they say, or reading the right books, in the right way. In this book, Alan Jacobs argues that, contrary to the doomsayers, reading is alive and well in America.... Continue Reading

The Noetics of Nature

Feast of Sts Alexander & Antonina the Martyrs
The Noetics of Nature: Environmental Philosophy and the Holy Beauty of the Visible by Bruce V. Foltz

Noetics_of_Nature_square.jpgWhen you look at the natural world around you, what do you see? Purely physical matter, valuable apart from any link with the supernatural? Many sense an intuitive link between science and this “materialist” perspective, assuming that scientific discovery depends on preserving the independence... Continue Reading

The Eighth Day

Feast of Nicephorous the Confessor, Patriarch of Constantinople
The Eighth Day by Thornton Wilder

The_Eighth_Day_Square.jpgWILDER WROTE The Eighth Day after a lifetime of scattered energy. Birthed during a concentrated twenty-month retreat in the southwest, it became what Wilder called his “only real novel.” It was, he said, as if Dostoevsky had reworked Little Women—set in a small American coal mining town. It is the story of two families, the... Continue Reading

The Mirrored World

Feast of St Theodosia, Virgin-Martyr of Constantinople
The Mirrored World by Debra Dean

MIrrored_World_Square.jpgIN 1758, IN AN AGE when the extravagant lives of the Russian wealthy seemed to mock the struggles of the destitute, one of the St. Petersburg noblewomen—once a carefree guest at balls and a presence at court—suddenly disappeared. She had recently been mystifying her friends with strange behavior: she had begun giving away all her possessions,... Continue Reading

Against Religion

Feast of St Irene the Great Martyr
Against Religion: The Alienation of the Ecclesial Event by Christos Yannaras; trans. Norman Russell

Yannaras_Square.jpgWHEN THIS ORTHODOX theologian tackles the greatest force undermining Christianity today, the usual suspects (materialism, secularism, etc.) don’t even make the list. The real tension, he contends, lies between Church—defined as the ecclesial “event” of participation in the Eucharistic body—and religion per se. Yannaras doesn’t stop, however, with... Continue Reading

The Feast of Friendship

Feast of Symeon the Holy Martyr & Bishop of Persia
The Feast of Friendship (2nd Ed.) by Fr Paul D. O'Callaghan

Eucharist_Square.jpgWHETHER THE author knows it or not, this is a profoundly humble book—in the sense of the Latin root of the word which indicates the soil from which something grows. The soil for this book is rich: the insights of Aristotle, biblical paradigms of friendship (David and Jonathan,... Continue Reading