VIP Dinner with Symposium Speakers: Let the Bidding Begin!

Feast of St Timothy, the Apostle of the 70

Would you like to join Adam Cooper, Hans Boersma, David Ford, and Ephraim Radner for a private dinner?

We've got a very special location reserved for this special dinner. In a very cozy atmosphere, you'll be able to see the entire city of Wichita. 

Support Eighth Day Institute with your bid to win an... Continue Reading

Notes Towards the Definition of Patriarchy

Feast of St Timothy, the Apostle of the 70

HOW MIGHT Christians think about the difficult and divisive topic of patriarchy

In current political and cultural discussions, patriarchy is purely negative. The word is used (without precision) as a category for defining and dismissing any form of social organization in which men are systematically given positions of authority. To label a society or organization ‘patriarchal’ is, in current terms, to condemn and... Continue Reading

Symposium Synaxis: Preview of Contents

Feast of St Maximus the Confessor

For the last ten days, it's been around-the-clock organizing the Symposium and creating the new issue of Synaxis. The Symposium is just three days away and Synaxis went to the printers today. We'll have freshly printed copies on hand at the Symposium for Eighth Day Patrons, Pillars & Olympians. If you can't join us for the Symposium, you can purchase... Continue Reading

Theosis & Eros, Celibacy & Marriage

Feast of St Euthymius the Great

Dr. Adam G. Cooper recently corresponded with Carl E. Olson, editor of Catholic World Report, about his newest books—Naturally Human, Supernaturally God: Deification in Pre-conciliar Catholicism and Holy Eros: A Liturgical Theology of the Body—and his research into salvation, liturgy, theosis, the meaning of the body, and the crucial relationship between celibacy and marriage.

CWR: At first glance, these two books might appear to... Continue Reading

God Is Agape & Eros: Pope Benedict XVI's Message for Our Mad Nietzschean World

Feast of St Macarius the Great of Egypt

167. To vigorous men intimacy is a matter of shame—and something precious.
168. Christianity gave Eros poison to drink; he did not die of it, certainly, but degenerated to Vice.   ~Friedrich Nietzsche

CHRISTIAN mysticism is dependent upon some familiarity with eros, defined by Pope Benedict XVI in Deus Caritas Est as “that love between man and woman which... Continue Reading

St Maximus the Confessor: Do You Love God?

Feast of Sts Athanasius & Cyril, Patriarchs of Alexandria

1. CHARITY is a good disposition of the soul, according to which one prefers no creature to the knowledge of God. It is impossible to attain a lasting possession of this charity if one has any attachments to earthly things.

2. Charity springs from the calm of detachment, detachment from hope in God, hope from patience and long-suffering; and these... Continue Reading

Christianity & Eros Revisited: Making Love as Sacramental Act

Feast of St Athanasius & Cyril, Patriarchs of Alexandria

FIRST THINGS recently published a piece I wrote titled “Eight Theses on Sex.” In the first thesis, I suggested that sexual union is a sacrament of union with Christ. I took my cue from Saint Paul’s statement in Ephesians 5 that the one-flesh relationship between husband and wife is a profound mystery that refers to Christ and the Church (Eph.... Continue Reading

The Hatred of Purity

Feast of St Athanasius & Cyril, Patriarchs of Alexandria

BACK IN my college days, when dinosaurs roamed the earth, I was a hippie and a spiritual seeker. The range of spiritual options on campus was broad, and I sampled a bit of everything: Ananda Marga Hinduism, Zen Buddhism, Hare Krishna, Transcendental Meditation. I say I was a “seeker,” but that’s not exactly right; I didn’t... Continue Reading

The Ascetics of Authenticity: Following Maximus the Ironman of Early Christianity

Feast of St Athanasius & Cyril, Patriarchs of Alexandria

SEVERAL years ago I completed an endurance event known as an Ironman. For twelve hours I endured deep, strenuous pain as I swam 2.4 miles, biked 112 miles, and ran a marathon—26.2 miles. By the time I crossed the finish line I had traversed 140.6 grueling miles in 98-degree heat, battling an unceasing 25-mile-per-hour cross-wind. Since... Continue Reading

Renewing Language: Eros, Body, Sex & Asceticism as Glorious Words

Feast of St. Anthony the Great

LAST YEAR, at the 8th annual Eighth Day Symposium, we explored the theme of friendship: “Strangers & Society: Cultivating Friendship in a Fractured Age.” I’m convinced friendship is one of the greatest needs of our day. It’s why my priest Fr. Paul O’Callaghan wrote an entire book on the subject: The Feast of Friendship. It’s also why Eighth Day Press published it. If... Continue Reading