4th Annual Inklings Lecture by Ralph Wood: "G. K. Chesterton: Father of the Inklings"

Feast of St Philip the Apostle & One of the Seven Deacons

FOR OUR fourth annual Inklings Oktoberfest, Ralph Wood will be presenting the annual Inklings Lecture on G. K. Chesterton as the Father of the Inklings. The lecture will be at 6:30 pm on Saturday, Oct. 20 at Journey the Way, a local church just around the corner from Eighth Day Books and our headquarters.

Immediately following the... Continue Reading

Inklings Oktoberfest & Annual Inklings Lecture Announced

Feast of St Theophilus the Confessor

WE'RE THRILLED to announce the fourth annual Inklings Oktoberfest!

Like last year, it will be held in conjunction with the anniversary of Eighth Day Books - the thirtieth! - on Oct 19-21. But unlike any previous year, we're moving the festival to Sunday afternoon and early evening. We hope you will bring your whole family and your friends and/or neighbors. This is a... Continue Reading

A New Reading-&-Writing Group

Feast of St Autonomos the Martyr

THE INAUGURAL meeting of Eighth Day’s (yet to be named) reading-&-writing group began with delicious takeout from College Hill Deli, followed by introductions. So far, three teachers, one doctor, and a few who haven’t yet decided what they want to be when they grow up make up our ranks.

Sadly, most of us had not done our homework, which was to read T. S.... Continue Reading

Dr. Chris Kettler: An Astounding Vita

Feast of the Holy Martyr Agathonicus

WE'RE JUST days away from our second annual St John of Damascus Award. In preparation for the banquet and ceremony, I asked Dr. Kettler to send me his vita. When I read through it, I was astounded by how much he has already accomplished. And I know that he is finishing up another book and has plans for more.

Take... Continue Reading

2nd Annual St John of Damascus Award

Feast of the Martyr Archdeacon Lawrence

ON THE FEAST of St Cosmas of Aitola, in the year of our Lord 2018 (i.e., Friday, August 24), we will honor Dr. Chris Kettler with the second annual St John of Damascus Award. 

We launched this award last year to honor a life that exemplifies the mission of Eighth Day Institute, somebody who has given their life to renewing culture through faith... Continue Reading

On the Road Again: From Dallas to Charleston

Feast of the Glorious Prophet Elijah

IT'S BEEN an extremely busy month peddling books and culture.

I began in Dallas (TX) for the Association of Classical Christian Schools conference, then was off to Birmingham (AL) for the Society of Classical Learning conference, came back home for Florovsky Week (KS), and am now in Charleston (SC) for Circe Institute's conference.

Each and every one of these events has been very... Continue Reading

Florovsky Week Update

Feast of St Michael of Malenius

We've had an AMAZING start to the inaugural Florovsky Week.

After the festal banquet on Tuesday evening (Florovsky Lecture will be posted next week) and four great sessions of academic papers yesterday, last evening was truly a wonderful dialogue of love and truth. And it proved Fr. Georges Florovsky's neopatristic synthesis is the path to uniting Christians. All three of our plenary speakers (Hans Boersma, Kenneth Howell, Bradley Nassif) have drunk deeply... Continue Reading

Florovsky Week Program with Schedule & Location Details

Feast of St Dionysios the Orator

IN LESS than 28 hours we'll be celebrating the life of Fr. Georges Florovsky at the festal banquet. And then the prayer, iconography workshop, the academic papers, and the plenary dialogues will begin on Wednesday and run through Saturday.

If you're still considering whether or not to attend, of if you are wondering where the different parts of the week will be held,... Continue Reading

Florovsky Paper Abstract 27 - A Soteriology in Conflict: Imputed, Infused & Indwelling

Feast of St Thomas of Malea

ROBERT BARCLAY'S (1648-1690) life span covered one of the most contentious periods in European history. His distant cousin King Charles I would be beheaded. Oliver Cromwell the Puritan would assume the throne during his childhood days. Charles II would retake the throne upon Barclay’s departure to be trained as a Roman Catholic apologist at the Scots College of Paris. Barclay’s eventual return and... Continue Reading

Florovsky Paper Abstract 26 - Protestant and Catholic: What Anglicans Have to Offer

Feast of St Thomas of Malea

MANY SPEAK dismissively of the English Reformation as if King Henry VIII’s bid for a divorce deserves sole credit for the movement. By this view, it would come as no surprise to find that the Episcopal Church, the U.S. province of the Worldwide Anglican Communion, has become a flagship of progressivism surrounding marriage and sexuality. Sex and schism, embedded in Anglican DNA from... Continue Reading

Florovsky Paper Abstract 25 - Good Pope John's (Not So) Secret Agenda to Reunite Christianity

Feast of St Kyriake the Great Martyr

THE LITTLE old Venetian the cardinals chose in 1959 to be a caretaker pope, Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli, turned out to be full of surprises. He chose the name John, a name associated with some of the more unsavory captains of Peter’s barque. Then, shockingly, he called an ecumenical council. While that council and its aftermath have been a dominant feature of the... Continue Reading

Florovsky Paper Abstract 24 - Annum Sacrum: Ecumenical Intentions & Thomistic Justifications

Feast of St Thomas of Malea

ON MAY 25, 1899, Pope Leo XIII issued his encyclical Annum Sacrum, what he called “the greatest act of our Pontificate.” In it, he declared that he intended to consecrate the entire world, including the ‘infidels’, to the Sacred Heart of Jesus on June 11th. The encyclical was especially extraordinary for two reasons. First, Leo responded so quickly to the consecration, which was inspired by a nun... Continue Reading

Florovsky Paper Abstract 23 - Intellectual Liturgy

Feast of St Kyriake the Great Martyr

THIS PAPER will discuss the tension between the emotional and intellectual components of liturgy. It will argue that the intellectual component is primary, and will outline the problematic tendencies associated with an overly emotional liturgical approach. Furthermore, it will discuss the proper place of emotion within the liturgy, and describe possible instances in which emotional allowances may be beneficial. The Protestant Reformation signaled a... Continue Reading

Florovsky Paper Abstract 22 - Liturgical Prayer & the Protestant Reformation: From Calvin to the Baptists

Feast of St Thomas of Malea

ALTHOUGH, perhaps a lesser subject within the Reformation, liturgical prayer was a source of some discussion amongst the many thinkers in the Protestant church who were linked to the Reformation. Approaching this subject from the views of systematic thinkers who helped shape the Protestant churches, this paper will attempt to examine Calvin’s understanding on liturgical prayer and couple it with the current approach... Continue Reading

Florovsky Paper Abstract 21 - On the Blessed Impossibility of Reform: 4 Poetic Theses

Feast of St Kyriake the Great Martyr

THE REFORMATION has become a historical commonplace, a placeholder that signifies an array of events, movements, theologies, and assumptions. Calling these assumptions into question, I would like to present four ‘poetic’ theses that challenge the idea that: 1) the Church is capable of reformation; and 2) that it is desirable to reform even if we could. However, this is not an argument... Continue Reading

Florovsky Paper Abstract 20 - Reformation and Counter-Reformation: The Catholic Mission in England and Why It Failed

Feast of the Holy Apostles Archippus, Philemon & Onesimos

AFTER THE theological ideas of Martin Luther, John Calvin, and other Protestant Reformers spread on the Continent and in the British Isles, the Latin Rite Catholic Church mounted a Counter-Reformation campaign. Religious orders like the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits) and the Capuchins (a Franciscan order) succeeded—as even James R. Payton, Jr, recognized in Getting the Reformation Wrong: Correcting Some... Continue Reading

Florovsky Paper Abstract 19 - Bread from Heaven or Bread of Heaven? The Bread of Life Discourse of John 6 within Its Historical Setting

Feast of the Holy Apostles Archippus, Philemon & Onesimus

IN THE HISTORY of interpretation the theological, liturgical, and sacramental use of the Bread of Life Discourse of John 6 has eclipsed its meaning within its historical setting. Clearly the chapter contains much characteristically Johannine theological interpretation—but how much real Jewish messianic history underlies it? Very much, it will be argued. Despite its characteristically Johannine language, virtually every word of... Continue Reading

Inaugural Florovsky Lecture Abstract - Fr Georges Florovsky: A Man with a Mission for Our Secular Age

Feast of St Lampadus the Wonderworker

THE INAUGURAL Florovsky Lecture is offered in honor of the late Fr. Matthew Baker who spent so much of his academic career – cut far too short by tragic circumstances – tirelessly promoting Fr. Georges Florovsky. Consciously following in his footsteps, this lecture will answer two questions.

First, who is Florovsky? We’ve launched an annual lecture in his honor and an annual event... Continue Reading

Florovsky Plenary Paper Abstract - Orthodox Responses to the Reformation: A Historical Perspective

Synaxis of the Twelve Holy Apostles

THE LATE Fr. Alexander Schmemann once said, “The most valuable perspectives on the present are those which have digested the past.” To that end, this presentation offers an historical perspective on Orthodox and Protestant relations at the time of the Reformation in the 16th century, with special reference to George Florovsky’s interpretation of those events. I concentrate on German Lutheran theologians and their attempts to achieve... Continue Reading

A Letter from the Board: Summer Campaign Launch

Feast of St Pappias the Martyr


The past few years have been a period of tumultuous growth and development for Eighth Day Institute. As the Board of Directors gathered at the close of 2017 to plot our course for the coming year, it was obvious that our critical focus for 2018 needed to be organizational stability. Toward that end, we set ourselves four key goals:

  1. Implementation of a responsible, sustainable budget.
  2. Consolidate our fundraising efforts... Continue Reading