St Macarius the Spiritbearer: Coptic Texts Relating to Saint Macarius the Great

Feast of the Dormition of St Anna, Mother of the Theotokos
St Macarius the Spiritbearer: Coptic Texts Relating to Saint Macarius the Great translated with introduction by Tim Vivian

THIS VOLUME, paired with Four Desert Fathers, brings the lives and teachings of four Coptic monks to a wider audience than Gabriel Bunge and Adalbert de Vogue’s original, largely academic, French translations from the Coptic Palladiana. Dr. Tim Vivian, a... Continue Reading


Cosmic Liturgy: The Universe According to Maximus the Confessor

Feast of St Euphemia the Great Martyr

AN EXTRAORDINARILY bold statement: “Von Balthasar developed his view of the importance of the Confessor within the horizon of patristic thought but also in the broadest possible context of the history of thought. He considers this possible, because he begins with the assumption that there is, in the final analysis, one single question for human thought at every time and in every... Continue Reading


The Philokalia

Feast of St Macrina, Grandmother of St Basil the Great
The Philokalia – 4 volumes (of projected 5) compiled by St. Nikodimos of the Holy Mountain and St. Makarios of Corinth; translated from the Greek and edited by G. E. H. Palmer, Philip Sherrard, and Kallistos Ware

THE PHILOKALIA is a collection of texts written between the fourth and fifteenth centuries by thirty-six spiritual masters of the Orthodox... Continue Reading


God's Plagiarist

Feast of St Eulogios the Innkeeper of Constantinople
God’s Plagiarist: Being an Account of the Fabulous Industry and Irregular Commerce of the Abbé Migne by R. Howard Bloch

IN HIS REVIEW in the New Republic, Anthony Grafton describes God’s Plagiarist as “An unforgettable, Daumier-like portrait” of an “enterprising, austere and somewhat crazed merchandiser of sacred learning.” Grafton is right on the mark. This is the story of a... Continue Reading


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