Florovsky Paper Abstract - Authority of Scripture and Hermeneutic Method as Historical Bases for Christian Unity

Feast of St Therapon the Hieromartyr, Bishop of Cyprus

WHILE there are persisting differences between Catholic and Protestant views of (1) what constitutes Scripture, (2) the level of exclusivity in authority of Scripture, and (3) what constitutes appropriate hermeneutic methodology, there are commonly held principles that provide bases for Christian unity and fertile ground for collaborative research and practical ministry. This paper briefly (1) examines both the... Continue Reading

Florovsky Paper Abstract - "After Labours Long": The Ascetic Ideal in Spenser's Faerie Queene

Feast of St Symeon the Stylite

IN ONE OF his perhaps best-known essays, “The Ascetic Ideal and the New Testament: Reflections on the Critique of the Theology of the Reformation,” Fr. Georges Florovsky engages with the classical Protestant understanding of justification by faith insofar as it opposes the traditional monastic ideal of striving for perfection. Florovsky seeks to show that the latter ideal is in fact explicit throughout the... Continue Reading

Synaxis 5.1 Contents

Feast of St Elizabeth the Wonderworker

IT'S OFFICIAL. After a week of binge editing and very little sleep, Synaxis 5.1 landed at the printer in the wee hours this morning. I think it's our best publication to date.

If you live in or near Wichita and are an Eighth Day Patron or above, drop by The Ladder for our Benedict Hour this final Friday (April 27) between 4:30 and... Continue Reading

Benedict Hour & Synaxis Release Party

Bright Thursday & Feast of St Basil the Confessor

MANY MOONS ago, we opened up The Ladder on Friday evenings for a sort of happy hour. We called it the Benedict Hour.

We experimented with its revival back in the fall of 2017, exclusively for Eighth Day Members and their guests. We've now settled on a regular schedule.

The Ladder will be open for Eighth Day Members and their... Continue Reading

Florovsky Week: A Call for Papers

Holy Monday & Feast of Titus the Wonderworker

THE INAUGURAL Florovsky Week is officially on the books with speakers and venues confirmed. The theme is "The Reformation: An Ecumenical Retrospective" and the aim is to return to the sources for christian unity.

The week will kick off with a Tuesday evening banquet honoring Fr. Georges Florovsky & Cardinal John Henry Newman (July 10).

Academic papers and workshops (iconography and... Continue Reading

A Report from the March Round Table

Lazarus Saturday (East); Holy Saturday (West)

LIKE EVERY first Tuesday of the month, on Tuesday, March 6th, a good, close group of about fifteen souls gathered at the Ladder for our monthly Round Table dialogue. We sat down over some pints and snacks to discuss whatever topics were on our minds, as well as the chief topic chosen at the previous Round Table. After tallying the votes, our three... Continue Reading

The Round Table with a Twist: For or Against Amazon?

Feast of St Macarius the Great

Round_Table_Square.jpegA GROUP of gentlemen in Newton, KS meet monthly to engage in civil and thoughtful conversation. They call themselves Pipes & Pints and they are the fruit of their experience at the Hall of Men. Several of our guys have attended their meetings and liked them so much that they convinced us to try out their format. The Hall of Men... Continue Reading

Cheers to Warren Farha, Founder of Eighth Day Books and Peddler of Books & Culture!

Feast of the Beheading of the Holy and Glorious Prophet, Forerunner and Baptist John

Warren___patristics_square.jpegTHE INAUGURAL St. John of Damascus Award was given to Warren Farha on the evening of August 26. The award was created as a fundraiser to honor a person whose life and work exemplifies Eighth Day Institute’s mission to renew culture through faith and learning.

Three hundred people gathered to honor Warren. His favorite food... Continue Reading

Winner of the St John of Damascus Award Announced


I am pleased and honored to announce the unanimous winner of our inaugural St. John of Damascus Award.

As THE exemplary model of our mission of renewing culture through faith and learning, WARREN FARHA will be the recipient of the 2017 St. John of Damascus Award.

Warren, whose patron saint happens to be St John of Damascus, will be honored with toasts and roasts on the evening of August 26 in... Continue Reading

On the Road: Peddling Books & Culture in Austin, TX at Circe Conference 2017

Feast of the Glorious Prophet Elijah

Circe_Square.jpegIT'S BEEN five years since I peddled Eighth Day books and culture at a Circe Conference. That was in Louisville, KY, back in 2012 when a tornado took the roof off the hotel that was hosting the conference. I was staying at another hotel where I only had to deal with a power outage. It was the first time I really experienced pitch black darkness... Continue Reading