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True criticism

Sun, 11 Mar 2012 03:13:23 +0000

In the end, it’s misleading, and perhaps false, to speak of reviews as ‘negative’ or ‘positive’. A good review should contain both elements, judiciously balanced. We live in an age of shameless puffery. A good critic, a just judge, will resist this. But let’s face it: in the case of poetry (and of the novel, …

Capella Romana: Ancient Light

Tue, 06 Mar 2012 21:22:05 +0000

Some of you will be familiar with Capella Romana, an astonishingly good vocal chamber ensemble, about which you may read more here. One of my fellow seminarians here at school, John Boyer, who is a fine friend and chanter, is a member of Capella Romana, which was a pleasant surprise when I first learned it. …

Saint Isaac the Syrian Resources

Thu, 01 Mar 2012 04:51:26 +0000

It was mentioned by Kristian Heal on the Hugoye Syriac Studies list today that the fathers at Holy Transfiguration Monastery, just a hop, skip, and a jump from where I am writing this, have put together a website with a number of resources related to their two editions of the Ascetical Homilies of Saint Isaac …

He’s on a mission for God!

Sun, 19 Feb 2012 21:35:52 +0000

A friend of mine here at the seminary, Jordan Zanetis, is preparing to return to Tanzania on a mission trip, teaching in Orthodox schools in the country. He spent two weeks there last year, and had an amazing experience, sharing pictures and stories with me when I first got here last summer. He’s set up …

Music to Study New Testament Greek By

Tue, 31 Jan 2012 02:25:35 +0000

So, I’m doing a bit of studying for a New Testament Greek test while listening to the classic Stan Getz album, The Girl From Ipanema. Thanks to iTunes Match on my iPad! Very nice! Also on tonight have been Depeche Mode, Violator; Hamza el Din, Eclipse; Djivan Gasparyan, Moon Shines at Night, and some other …

More Popular Patristics Series titles

Tue, 24 Jan 2012 00:58:45 +0000

In some earlier posts (part one, part two, part three) I provided a list of the volumes of the Popular Patristics Series published by Saint Vladimir’s Seminary Press, indicating the contents and the source of the texts translated for each volume. Several more volumes have since appeared, and are described here. 43. Works On the …

The Ascetical Homilies of Saint Isaac the Syrian, Revised Second Edition

Thu, 12 Jan 2012 02:45:41 +0000

I have mentioned before the works of Saint Isaac the Syrian, with a special focus on those appearing in English, and in particular the first edition of the Holy Transfiguration Monastery publication of Dana Miller’s translation, The Ascetical Homilies of Saint Isaac the Syrian. The first edition was long out of print, with copies going …