A look back at where the month has taken me and potentially where it will lead.
What might an adult in the 21st century say if a child asks, "Why do we have seasons?" It's a reasonable question, with rational means to explain the idea to anyone at almost any age. What might your reaction be if you heard someone tell that child, as a serious response to that question, the … Continue reading Putting Away Childish Things by Uta Ranke-Heinemann
The theme this month seems to have been "return."
While not a Christian myself, I study the Middle Ages, so it's common to find treatises and texts from those deemed to be the spiritual masters. The vast majority of them are quite beautiful when not calling down some fire and brimstone upon those like myself who choose to see through the authoritarian nonsense, otherwise … Continue reading The Imitation of Christ by Thomas à Kempis
The complete title of this book is actually A Hobbit, A Wardrobe, and a Great War: How J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis Rediscovered Faith, Friendship, and Heroism in the Cataclysm of 1914-1918. It's a mouthful, I know, but credit where it's due: it doesn't beat around the bush making you guess what the book's about. … Continue reading A Hobbit, A Wardrobe, and a Great War by Joseph Loconte
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
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
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
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
This review is a long time in the making, considerably longer than this site has been around. Back in the late 90s, I bought what I thought was my first copy of The Geneva Bible. I failed to notice the tag at the bottom of the cover that read "KJV," which renders that volume completely … Continue reading The Geneva Bible, 1560 Edition