The Orthodox Christian Church: History, Beliefs, and Practices by Prof. Peter Bouteneff

While not part of The Great Courses series, this is a lecture series very much in that tradition.  Professor Peter Bouteneff is an instructor at Saint Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary.  His lectures are, as the title suggests, designed as an introduction to the history, beliefs, and practices of the Orthodox Church. From time to time, … Continue reading The Orthodox Christian Church: History, Beliefs, and Practices by Prof. Peter Bouteneff

The Story of Civilization, Vol. IV: The Age of Faith by Will Durant

Picking up where the previous volume left off, Durant dedicates this volume to the Medieval world as focused through the lens of the Christian, Islamic, and Judaic worlds from 325-1300, or as he puts it, from Constantine to Dante. As with the previous volumes, this one is broken into five parts.  Part 1 deals with … Continue reading The Story of Civilization, Vol. IV: The Age of Faith by Will Durant

The Portable Medieval Reader edited by James Bruce Ross and Mary Martin McLaughlin

Think about the types of people who lived and chronicled throughout the whole of the Middle Ages.  Royalty, knights, clergy, artisans, merchants, scholars of all stripes.  Consider some of the names of the era: Peter Abelard, St. Thomas Aquinas, Dante Alighieri, Geoffrey Chaucer, William of Tyre, Roger Bacon, Anna Comnena, Pope Pius II, Thomas Becket, … Continue reading The Portable Medieval Reader edited by James Bruce Ross and Mary Martin McLaughlin

Complete Books of Enoch, New Translation by Dr. Ann Nyland

I've mentioned a few times that one of my many private research projects is the impossibly deep rabbit hole of Angelology.  I've been at this for nearly two decades now, though admittedly I put it away for briefly to let it... rest?  Breathe?  Marinate in my subconscious for a while?  Whatever you want to call it, it's … Continue reading Complete Books of Enoch, New Translation by Dr. Ann Nyland