Directors Desk

A Busy Year and an Inklings Retrospective

Feast of St Theophilus the Confessor

2018 has been a busy year.

The summer was full of travel, peddling books and culture at various conferences focused on classical education. It is very easy to get discouraged by the state of our culture. But I was extremely encouraged by these conferences. There are a lot of folks committed to reading the sources of Christianity and Western Civilization. And that commitment... Continue Reading


Florovsky & Macarius: On Justification and Manful Work

Feast of the Dormition of the Theotokos

I'VE SAID it before and I’ll say it again: “The inaugural Florovsky Week was glorious!” It was a great success, far exceededing my hopes and expectations. But it wasn’t perfect.

As for its success, it was remarkable to see how much in common Catholics, Orthodox, and Protestants actually have…if they return to the Fathers. And this is precisely what the plenary speakers... Continue Reading


Inaugural Florovsky Lecture & Campaign Update

Feast of the Holy Martyrs Proclus & Hilary

WE'RE TWO days into the inaugural Florovsky Week and it has been glorious...better than I could have ever imagined. If you haven't attended yet, you are missing out on the best event we've ever organized...by far. It's not too late to register and join us...there are still two afternoon academic paper sessions, two evening plenary dialogues, and all day Saturday.

I am absolutely convinced that the work... Continue Reading


Florovsky Week and 2018 Summer Campaign

Feast of the Holy Apostles Archippus, Philemon & Onesimos

LAST WEEK we published a letter by Eighth Day Institute’s Board of Directors announcing our summer fundraising campaign. It pleases me to no end to see this group of dedicated folks transitioning into a working Board of Directors and establishing a vision for stability and long-term growth, including hiring help with administration and event coordination in 2019. I hope you’ll take a minute to read it Continue Reading


Florovsky Week: A Celebration of the Greatest 20th Century Orthodox Theologian

Feast of the Martyr Hermias

EIGHTH DAY Institute is at it again, creating a new summer conference: the inaugural Florovsky Week. The conference is organized in honor of Fr. Georges Florovsky, described by Metropolitan Kallistos Ware as the greatest Orthodox theologian of the twentieth century. Florovsky is most famous for his tireless call to return to the Fathers, a message that began motivating me years before Eighth Day Institute... Continue Reading


A Taste of Synaxis: Friendship, Inklings & Cultural Renewal

Feast of St Julian the Martyr

OUR LATEST issue of Synaxis is now being distributed to Eighth Day Patrons, Pillars & Olympians. If you do not receive your copy by May 31, please contact me.

If you are not an Eighth Day Patron or Pillar, please consider joining the community to support cultural renewal.

And in the meantime, enjoy a taste of the content with... Continue Reading


The Letters in Synaxis 5.1

writing-paper-letters-antique-quill_credit-Shutterstock.jpgSYNAXIS 5.1 on "Cultivating Friendship in a Fractured Age" is hot off the press.

If you live in Wichita, drop by the Ladder today between 4:30 and 7:00 pm to pick up your copy at our monthly Benedict Hour. 

For non-local members, you will receive your copy in the next two weeks.

If you are not a member and are interested in a copy, please consider joining our... Continue Reading


On A Secular Age

Feast of the Apostle Zachaias

IF YOU ARE interested in learning more about ASA, before tackling its 874 pages, you should read James K. A. Smith's How (Not) To Be Secular: Reading Charles Taylor. It's a masterfully condensed summary of the entire book. Or you can wait for the edited version of my dissertation chapter(s), which I will share as soon as I finish editing it sometime in the... Continue Reading


On Charles Taylor

Lazarus Saturday (East); Holy Saturday (West)

I THINK Charles Taylor is an one of the most important living philosophers today. And I think his magnum opus, A Secular Age (henceforth referenced as ASA), is even more important. Lately I've been working through my dissertation, cleaning it up with final edits and trimming it down by at least 10,000 words (limit is 100,000, I had 105,000, and I need space... Continue Reading


On Feasts: How to Celebrate Festivals Festively

Feast of St Benedict of Nursia

OVER 100 years ago in 1906, Kurt Eisner, a communist intellectual, wrote a book titled Festivals of the Unfestive. In this work he pondered the possibility of the death of feasts: “Perhaps the time is approaching when festivals, as mass manifestations of an intensified sense of life, will be nothing more than curiosities to be studied from old pictures and artifacts preserved in... Continue Reading