Florovsky Week Registration: Free Cloud of Witnesses Pint Glasses

Feast of Sts Carpos & Alphaeus, Apostles of the 70

IT'S TIME to register for our inaugural Florovsky Week, an ecumenical retrospective on the Reformation with a focus on "The Patristic View of Salvation: Justification by Faith Alone?"

Take advantage of early rates by registering before June 17.

If you have not already joined our community of Eighth Day Members, now is the time to begin supporting... Continue Reading

Florovsky Paper Abstract - "We Uphold the Law" ... or Do We? Fascination with Dismissing Moses in the Early Renaissance

Feast of Sts Carpos and Alphaeus, Apostles of the 70

IT IS NOT uncommon to hear Christians in both Protestant and Catholic circles speak in terms of the abrogation of the entirety of the Law of Moses. This seems to directly contradict Matthew 5:18. This paper attempts to briefly survey attitudes toward Torah in the ancient sources of New Testament Scripture and patristic texts, and contrast them with stances... Continue Reading

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

Summer Member Meeting & the St John of Damascus Award

Feast of St Vladimir, Equal-to-the-Apostles of Kiev

John_Damascene_by_Thophanes_the_Cretan_at_Monastery_of_Stavroniketa.jpegWE'VE GOT two new events that are in the works, one for the end of July and the other at the end of August:

1. On Friday evening, July 28, we will host our first annual Summer State of the Institute meeting for Eighth Day Members. In addition to a brief report about Eighth Day Institute, we also hope this meeting will facilitate... Continue Reading

The Digital Lectern: An Update

Synaxis of the Twelve Holy Apostles

Lectern_Square_1.jpgWELL IT took us a while to figure out the publishing of our digital content. But I think we've finally got it nailed down, thanks to the hard work of Daniel Brake, who happens to be a new EDI Board Director. Many thanks to Daniel for all he has done to help develop our website!

As you may have seen, several weeks ago we... Continue Reading

On the Road: Dallas and Pittsburgh

Feast of St Julian, the Martyr of Tarsus

ACCS_Square.jpegWARREN and I both hit the road yesterday. Warren is in Dallas peddling books at the Society for Classical Learning conference; I'm in Pittsburgh, PA peddling books and EDI at the Association of Christian Classical Schools conference. After a long day of setting up, I was cheered by the Wichita contingent...about 15 of them from the Classical School of Wichita.

If you're... Continue Reading

New and Improved Eighth Day Membership

Feast of the Holy Martyrs Alexander and Antonina

High_Quality_EDI_Monk_Image_Small.jpegI AM SO grateful to the growing community of Eighth Day Members. Simply put, without you the work of Eighth Day Institute would have come to an end long ago. Thank you so much for supporting our humble efforts at renewing culture through faith and learning.

I also beg your forgiveness for not doing a better job of communicating my gratitude, maintaining... Continue Reading

Your Thoughts on Eighth Day Institute

Feast of St Nicephorus, Archbishop of Constantinople

High_Quality_EDI_Monk_Image_Small.jpegFOR ALL those who responded to our survey about what Eighth Day Institute is and why it exists, many thanks!

The respondents come from six different states, are represented by five Catholics, four Orthodox, and twelve Protestants, and are all Eighth Day Members.

I am grateful and encouraged by your kind words.

The Board of Directors is currently working on a strategic plan... Continue Reading

Reflecting on Eighth Day Institute: What Is It and Why Does It Exist?

Feast of St Vincent of Lerins

hours_of_prayer_19-17-00.jpgSeveral people have been helping me think through Eighth Day Institute’s vision and mission. I’d also like to know what you think.

I would be deeply grateful if you’d answer the following two questions, preferably in the comments below (if you’d prefer, feel free to email me).

1. What is Eighth Day Institute?

2. Why does Eighth Day Institute exist?

... Continue Reading

A Spring Whirlwind

Feast of Our Righteous Father Memnonus the Wonderworker

ORU_with_Hannah_2017_for_NB.jpegTHIS SPRING has been a whirlwind of traveling, teaching, organizing book groups, developing the Hall of Men, creating a plan for consistent content on social media and the EDI website, and a great deal of deep introspection about the mission, the work, and the future of Eighth Day Institute.

In February we launched two new reading groups. The Cappadocian Society is for... Continue Reading

New Evangelization, Benedict Option and Table Talk

Benedict_Square.jpgFeast of St. Innocent, Enlightener of Siberia and Alaska

ON THIS Final Friday, Scott Spradlin will be presenting a Table Talk on "Mindfulness & Orthodox Spirituality in a Digital Age." Doors open at The Ladder at 7:15 and Table Talk begins at 7:30. Click here for more details.

I'm hitting the road this morning to peddle Eighth Day Books and promote Eighth Day Institute at the sixth annual Symposium... Continue Reading