Discerning the Mystery

Feast of Hieromartyr Januarius
Discerning the Mystery: An Essay on the Nature of Theology

PUBLISHED over twenty-five years ago, this book is still the finest critique of the Enlightenment’s ways of knowing, coupled with a winsome description of a distinctly Christian alternative. Responding to what he sees as a “division and fragmentation” both in theology and the larger culture due to “the one-sided way we have come to seek... Continue Reading

Egeria's Travels

Bright Wednesday and Feast of Pharmuthios the Anchorite
Egeria’s Travels (Third Edition) translated with notes by John Wilkinson

SOMEWHERE around the year 400, a devout Spanish nun traveled on a Lenten pilgrimage to the Holy Land, keeping a diary of her journey. That diary has become a priceless witness to us of the fourth century Church’s liturgical practices during Lent and Holy Week. The churches Constantine had built... Continue Reading

The Burning Bush

Feast of St John Climacus; Holy Friday (West)
The Burning Bush: On the Orthodox Veneration of the Mother of God by Sergius Bulgakov; translated by Thomas Allan Smith

THE FIRST component of Bulgakov’s “minor theological trilogy” develops a Mariology deeply rooted in patristics, liturgical devotion, and Old Testament prefiguration. The great twentieth-century Russian theologian engages the Catholic dogma of the Immaculate Conception as he considers the sinlessness and... Continue Reading

The Spirit of Early Christian Thought

Feast of the Finding of the Precious Cross by St. Helen
The Spirit of Early Christian Thought: Seeking the Face of God by Robert Louis Wilken

ROBERT Wilken is one of our finest contemporary writers on early Christianity, one who can communicate with a general readership without condescension (the real test of genuine scholarship). He began this book intending to write a history of early Christian apologetics but... Continue Reading

The Fellowship

Feast of the Synaxis of the Holy and Righteous Symeon the God-Receiver and the Holy Prophetess Anna
The Fellowship: The Literary Lives of the Inklings: J. R. R. Tolkien, C. S. Lewis, Owen Barfield, Charles Williams by Philip Zaleski and Carol Zaleski

Zalesky__Fellowship_Square.jpegPROBABLY the most comprehensive examination of the Inklings to date. The Zaleskis accomplish the formidable task of creating substantial portraits of Tolkien, Lewis, Barfield, and Williams,... Continue Reading

Being As Communion

Feast of St Anthony the Great
Being As Communion: Studies in Personhood and the Church by John Zizioulas

Being_as_Communion_Square.jpegFOR TWENTIETH-century Christians, the application of the slogan “No pain, no gain” is appropriate to the painstaking absorption of this sometimes difficult, but immensely rewarding work. Written by the contemporary Orthodox theologian John Zizioulas, these studies represent ground-breaking developments over the past three decades in what has come to be... Continue Reading

Ecstasy and Intimacy

Feast of the Martyr Tatiana
Ecstasy and Intimacy: When the Holy Spirit Meets the Human Spirit by Edith M. Humphrey; foreword by Eugene Peterson

Ecstasy_and_Intimacy_Square.jpegDR. HUMPHREY, professor of New Testament at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, is a theologian in love with God – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. In a few pages you’ll find references to St. Augustine, St. Gregory of Nyssa, St. John Chrysostom, the Liturgy named for... Continue Reading

Friendship and the Moral Life

Feast of St Melania the Younger, Nun of Rome

Wadell__Frienship_and_Moral_Life_Square.jpgAN ELOQUENT argument for the centrality—not just importance—of friendship in human life, moral life, and Christian life. Wadell’s reading of the Nichomachean Ethics highlights friendship as the key to understanding Aristotle’s rich vision of eudaimonia, the good life; and his subsequent investigations in the Christian tradition lead him to expound friendship as a “school of love,” entirely consistent with agape,... Continue Reading

Spiritual Friendship

Feast of St Herman of Alaska
De_Speculo_Caritatis_Square.jpegSpiritual Friendship by Aelred of Reivaulx

BORN TO an influential clerical family in Northumbria, Aelred was educated in Latin and the Classics at the court of the King of Scots. The great influence of Cicero's On Friendship led Aelred, after his conversion to Christianity, to wonder what treasures on this subject might be in Holy Scripture and the writings of the Fathers. He... Continue Reading

Christian Friendship in the Fourth Century

Feast of St Ambrose, Bishop of Milan
Christian Friendship in the Fourth Century by Carolinne White

White__Xian_Friendship_in_4th_Cent.jpgDRAWING from her extensive research and translation of the early Church Fathers, Carolinne White has constructed an accessible, possibly seminal, study of friendship and its development in one of the most formative centuries of Christendom. This richly academic volume builds on the classical understanding of friendship and its subsequent synthesis within the body... Continue Reading