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Gebre Menfes Kidus

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JamesLesser said:
Gebre Menfes Kidus said:
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Gebre Menfes Kidus said:
An in depth read thus far. I can't give a full assessment of it yet, since I'm only about 1200 pages into it. But I nevertheless highly recommend this book for anyone truly interested in the subject. The author does a masterful job of defending his thesis without confusing readers with clarity or burdening them with brevity. This is a book that will definitely leave you saying, "I read that book." You might not agree with all of the author's opinions, and you certainly won't understand everything he says; but this work will force you to consider vital questions, such as, "why did I read that book?"
Hahahaha! ;D
I think you were the only one who realize this whole thing was a joke. ;)


Selam

LOL, That was hilarious.  I'll be the first to admit that you fooled me.  Well played sir.   :)
:)

If that book seems interesting to you, then perhaps you will like this movie:




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^ I am enjoying it.  I have been using his glossary and Google to look up words such as "speely." ;D
 

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Gamliel said:
^ I am enjoying it.  I have been using his glossary and Google to look up words such as "speely." ;D
I think it would make a cool movie. Runs a bit long. Maybe some TV channel can make a mini-series out of it. :)
 

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Jesus Fallen? By Father Emmanuel Hatzidakis (GOA).

Just started on this lengthy book on the prelapsian/postlapsian discussion of the Incarnation of Christ. Might have been able to start sooner had Customs been a bit quicker.
 

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Justin Kissel said:


It seems to have a good balance of theory and practice, and despite the pop-psych/buzzword/self-help vibe the cover has, the material is fine and the author tries to back up the claims/conclusions with that science stuff. Also, I know I'm breaking the part of the guy code that forbids reading instruction manuals, but cut me some slack just this once, ok?  8)

I consider the Bible,  to a degree, and many spiritual books like Orthodox Prayer Life, The Ladder of Divine Ascent, Way of the Ascetics, Unseen Warfare and more to be instruction manuals.  They instruct you on how to grow closer to God/finish the race/Theosis etc.

I'm pretty sure I'm a guy so don't feel bad haha
 

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Although it's far from an Orthodox book, The Closing of the American Mind by Alan Bloom.
 

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Gamliel said:
Anathem / Neal Stephenson.
He went too far. He really shudda kept with the pulpier shorter stuff. This was by far his worst effort.
 

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Justin Kissel said:


It seems to have a good balance of theory and practice, and despite the pop-psych/buzzword/self-help vibe the cover has, the material is fine and the author tries to back up the claims/conclusions with that science stuff. Also, I know I'm breaking the part of the guy code that forbids reading instruction manuals, but cut me some slack just this once, ok?  8)
Guy Code just saying that seems to preclude you being part of those who would need this text, speaking of which, is trash. What are you "reading" this for?
 

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Sam G said:
Although it's far from an Orthodox book, The Closing of the American Mind by Alan Bloom.
Oh it would go ever well with many here. It is definitely Ameridox.
 

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They are hiring everywhere in Pittsburgh. I literally couldn't order from Taco Bell before I submitted an application.

Having worked there before, if you wanted to actually understand what Camus is incapable of trying to get across in this text, I would suggest taking Taco Bell up on an offer.
 

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Sam G said:
Although it's far from an Orthodox book, The Closing of the American Mind by Alan Bloom.
One of the more overrated books of the last century. Every now and then he's right in his criticism of the ideas of his opponents, although he overstates the importance that relativism holds in the minds of his opponents. His own ideas, though, are not much better either. His strict universalism, for example, is in many cases as bizarre as the relativism he so consistently critizes, and despite taking issue with the relativists much of his ideas about literature come from Nietzsche. He also has the tendency to see western philosophy and literature before the 20th century as a continuous and harmonious whole, which, of course, it wasn't.

He is often unable to avoid sounding like a ranting old man, complaining on how x, y and z were so much better in his days, which makes the book hard to enjoy. All arguments of merit in his book has been said better elsewhere, and those that are new are bizarre and often contradicted by the author without himself noting it.
 

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Cyrillic said:
Sam G said:
Although it's far from an Orthodox book, The Closing of the American Mind by Alan Bloom.
One of the more overrated books of the last century. Every now and then he's right in his criticism of the ideas of his opponents, although he overstates the importance that relativism holds in the minds of his opponents. His own ideas, though, are not much better either. His strict universalism, for example, is in many cases as bizarre as the relativism he so consistently critizes, and despite taking issue with the relativists much of his ideas about literature come from Nietzsche. He also has the tendency to see western philosophy and literature before the 20th century as a continuous and harmonious whole, which, of course, it wasn't.

He is often unable to avoid sounding like a ranting old man, complaining on how x, y and z were so much better in his days, which makes the book hard to enjoy. All arguments of merit in his book has been said better elsewhere, and those that are new are bizarre and often contradicted by the author without himself noting it.
The book made a huge impression the first time I read it (2 years ago), but I was rather disappointed this time around for many of the reasons you mentioned above.
 

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orthonorm said:
What are you "reading" this for?
It was available at the library, so I decided to give it a shot. At 1000+ pages I should have figured I wouldn't come anywhere close to finishing it, which I didn't.
 

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A second heavyweight, 'Saint Cyril of Alexandria and the Christological Controversy, Fr John McGuckin, published by SVS.
 

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In a Different Voice: Psychological Theory and Women's Development, by Carol Gilligan
 

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Hostage to the Devil, by Fr. Martin Malachi. Superb story telling, terrifying subject matter.

What Happened at Vatican II, by John W. O'Malley. Because I want to know.
 

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My Life in Christ by St John of  Kronstadt and  The Hermitess Photini by Archimandrite Joachim Spetsieris
 

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Father Seraphim Rose: His Life and Works by Hieromonk Damascene.
 

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Started it tonight with the young one. Much hilarity ensued. :D
 

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xOrthodox4Christx said:
Zinn definitely has some valid insights regarding the evils and injustices that accompanied the founding of America. Which is why I actually have so little respect for him. Anyone who can so clearly see the evils perpetrated against Native Americans and slaves has no excuse for their militant support of abortion.


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Gebre Menfes Kidus said:
xOrthodox4Christx said:
Zinn definitely has some valid insights regarding the evils and injustices that accompanied the founding of America. Which is why I actually have so little respect for him. Anyone who can so clearly see the evils perpetrated against Native Americans and slaves has no excuse for their militant support of abortion.


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The Indians? I don't think slaves had as much self-autonomy in that respect.
 

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xOrthodox4Christx said:
Gebre Menfes Kidus said:
xOrthodox4Christx said:
Zinn definitely has some valid insights regarding the evils and injustices that accompanied the founding of America. Which is why I actually have so little respect for him. Anyone who can so clearly see the evils perpetrated against Native Americans and slaves has no excuse for their militant support of abortion.


Selam
The Indians? I don't think slaves had as much self-autonomy in that respect.
I meant Howard Zinn's support of abortion, not the Native Americans.


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