- Oct 4, 2002
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Living Gnosticism: An Ancient Way of Knowing, by Jordan Stratford
I hate to be dull, but as a private devotion for Great Lent, I am reading the Bible (the new OT/NT Orthodox Study Bible). Oh. I also picked up a copy of the Language of God, because I didn't read it when it came out.JoeZollars said:This is just a thread to ask what everyone is reading. Till Wendsday I will be reading nothing other than textbooks, but after that---ooh man do I ever have a stack to get through. As soon as I am done with my finals, I am making it top priority to finish Law of God.
Yes, rub it in. I'm working on it.EofK said:All of our books are still packed away in boxes, so alas, I am reading nothing at the moment. As soon as I find the Bill Bryson box, though, I'll report back.
A little nudge never hurt! :laugh:ytterbiumanalyst said:
I remember hearing an interview on NPR with the author of this book. I was really intrigued by the author's experience and lesson's he learned. How do you like it so far? I might pick it up after Lent.Myrrh23 said:Gang Leader for a Day: A Rogue Sociologist Takes to the Streets
by Sudhir Venkatesh
G, the book is very engaging and down-to-earth! I like it very much! You should read it!GabrieltheCelt said:I remember hearing an interview on NPR with the author of this book. I was really intrigued by the author's experience and lesson's he learned. How do you like it so far? I might pick it up after Lent.Myrrh23 said:Gang Leader for a Day: A Rogue Sociologist Takes to the Streets
by Sudhir Venkatesh
Are you considering Gnosticism as an option for your spiritual life?Asteriktos said:Gnosticism: New Light on the Ancient Tradition of Inner Knowing, by Stephan A. Hoeller.
This is my second (and final) pro-gnostic book that I'm reading. Hopefully after that comes the more neutral, academic books. I have to say that I was very let down by Living Gnosticism. It's not that I expected to be convinced or anything, but I at least expected something a bit more informative. I left the book with little other than vague impressions about how gnosticism is more about myth and art than doctrine and dogma. So far, this new book seems to be a bit closer to what I was hoping for.
Seems Yeats was not really a Roman Catholic Celt, or a Protestant one either, but like Tolstoy sort of invented his own religion. Here he seems on to something. This poem which was required reading in my high school junior English class has always been one of my favorites.Sailing to Byzantium - William Butler Yeats
THAT is no country for old men. The young
In one another's arms, birds in the trees
- Those dying generations - at their song,
The salmon-falls, the mackerel-crowded seas,
Fish, flesh, or fowl, commend all summer long
Whatever is begotten, born, and dies.
Caught in that sensual music all neglect
Monuments of unageing intellect.
An aged man is but a paltry thing,
A tattered coat upon a stick, unless
Soul clap its hands and sing, and louder sing
For every tatter in its mortal dress,
Nor is there singing school but studying
Monuments of its own magnificence;
And therefore I have sailed the seas and come
To the holy city of Byzantium.
O sages standing in God's holy fire
As in the gold mosaic of a wall,
Come from the holy fire, perne in a gyre,
And be the singing-masters of my soul.
Consume my heart away; sick with desire
And fastened to a dying animal
It knows not what it is; and gather me
Into the artifice of eternity.
Once out of nature I shall never take
My bodily form from any natural thing,
But such a form as Grecian goldsmiths make
Of hammered gold and gold enamelling
To keep a drowsy Emperor awake;
Or set upon a golden bough to sing
To lords and ladies of Byzantium
Of what is past, or passing, or to come.