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CHANGE OF ALLEGIANCE: A Journey into the Historical and Biblical Teaching of War and Peace By Dean Taylor
http://www.amazon.com/A-Change-Allegiance-Dean-Taylor/dp/0981897304

Excellent stuff so far. About half way through.



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Divine Comedy again.....for school this time....loving it once again. Just about to the end of the Inferno. I have to write an essay on whether I agree with the idea of divine retribution as an eternal punishment for sin. I am still considering my opinion. I think I agree with it. Not that it's exactly how Dante presents it, but I agree with Dante's idea of divine retribution as just. The question is whether one thinks it is just. I believe it to be just, though Lord have mercy on me a poor sinner. Dante's Inferno sure scares the heck out of you....

Question to moderator: Is what I wanted to say in placed of "heck" as in "scare the heck" out of you allowed allowed or forbidden?
 

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I was reading God's Politics but it's more of a rant than an informative explanation of how faith affects politics.

I got The Essential Chomsky just a couple days ago. I was also going to buy some Marxist writings, but I feared they would be too complex for me so I didn't.

Maybe next time.
 

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note: I am NOT the moderator. But I suggest that since you are discussing Dante's poem  The Inferno, (title) then the use off the more common English word 'hell' is not only a propos but a simple translation of the Italian 'inferno.'
But that's just my thought.
Now, as to 'scary.'
This betrays a major difference between Roman Catholic and Orthodox soteriology - our differing views of the nature of Salvation.
The Roman church uses the 'judicial' approach: guilty plea followed by sentence - I have sinned, I did X,Y and Z; say 5 Our Fathers and five Rosaries - your sins are forgiven...
The theory and language of the Law Courts; which, since the Roman Republic/Empire invented them, was not an unusual example for the Church in the West to follow. mostly in its' post schismatic era.
In the Orthodox Church, however, the thinking was/is not of the Church as a court, but a hospital, where the sickness of sin is cured by the love of God manifested by the Holy Spirit, Who is present in all places and Who fills all things. His Divine healing of those who reach out to Him is made manifest by and through the Grace with which He empowers the Church's Bishops; and they, the priests. These are the 'doctors and nurses' of the Church.
 

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xOrthodox4Christx said:
I was reading God's Politics but it's more of a rant than an informative explanation of how faith affects politics.

I got The Essential Chomsky just a couple days ago. I was also going to buy some Marxist writings, but I feared they would be too complex for me so I didn't.

Maybe next time.
God's Politics was horrible. And as for Chomsky, it's weird how an expert on linguistics could be such a poor writer.

But if you're looking for some readable Marxist material (mind you, I'm not recommending it), try some of the Black Panther's writings such as Revolutionary Suicide by Huey P. Newton, Soul on Ice by Eldridge Cleaver, and Soledad Brother by George Jackson. The writings of Mao Tse Tung are also quite readable.


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Gebre Menfes Kidus said:
xOrthodox4Christx said:
I was reading God's Politics but it's more of a rant than an informative explanation of how faith affects politics.

I got The Essential Chomsky just a couple days ago. I was also going to buy some Marxist writings, but I feared they would be too complex for me so I didn't.

Maybe next time.
God's Politics was horrible. And as for Chomsky, it's weird how an expert on linguistics could be such a poor writer.



Selam
I agree with both sentiments.

Salam.  :)
 

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methodius said:
note: I am NOT the moderator. But I suggest that since you are discussing Dante's poem  The Inferno, (title) then the use off the more common English word 'hell' is not only a propos but a simple translation of the Italian 'inferno.'
But that's just my thought.
Now, as to 'scary.'
This betrays a major difference between Roman Catholic and Orthodox soteriology - our differing views of the nature of Salvation.
The Roman church uses the 'judicial' approach: guilty plea followed by sentence - I have sinned, I did X,Y and Z; say 5 Our Fathers and five Rosaries - your sins are forgiven...
The theory and language of the Law Courts; which, since the Roman Republic/Empire invented them, was not an unusual example for the Church in the West to follow. mostly in its' post schismatic era.
In the Orthodox Church, however, the thinking was/is not of the Church as a court, but a hospital, where the sickness of sin is cured by the love of God manifested by the Holy Spirit, Who is present in all places and Who fills all things. His Divine healing of those who reach out to Him is made manifest by and through the Grace with which He empowers the Church's Bishops; and they, the priests. These are the 'doctors and nurses' of the Church.
Good point. One reason I was debating the divine retribution and it's justice for the essay. Since looking East my views have changed but I do believe in hell of course. Divine Comedy is very Western though--great work of literature but clearly Latin. Obviously I do not want to make the essay theological or an apology of Greek views on the matter hich I am not very familiar with as a whole. But I have had enough to have somewhat changed my views on the afterlife. In any case I don't want to get into that on this part of the forum. Like I said it is a great book and scary. But it's a comedy! It ends in happiness! But people always like the Inferno best. I like the whole of it for the sake of beauty. And I am somewhat of a Dante geek. Beatrice and the Beatific Vision are the whole point! Also the idea that reason fails at a certain point when it comes to God. It is why a pagan guides Dante through hell but a Christian must guide him through heaven. A pagan cannot understand God in the way a Christian can. Reason fails at a certain point. When Dante sees the Beatific Vision he cannot comprehend how all the circles in one another which are God are equal in size.
 

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Gebre Menfes Kidus said:
xOrthodox4Christx said:
I was reading God's Politics but it's more of a rant than an informative explanation of how faith affects politics.

I got The Essential Chomsky just a couple days ago. I was also going to buy some Marxist writings, but I feared they would be too complex for me so I didn't.

Maybe next time.
God's Politics was horrible. And as for Chomsky, it's weird how an expert on linguistics could be such a poor writer.

But if you're looking for some readable Marxist material (mind you, I'm not recommending it), try some of the Black Panther's writings such as Revolutionary Suicide by Huey P. Newton, Soul on Ice by Eldridge Cleaver, and Soledad Brother by George Jackson. The writings of Mao Tse Tung are also quite readable.


Selam
LOL. Yeah, one might think, but if you know anything about scientific linguistics you know that most of it has nothing to do with the study of good writing or rhetoric. Even many linguists agree that Chomsky is difficult to read, unless you have a facility for very abstract and theoretical discussion.
 

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Speaking of Marxist literature, it's good to read Marx himself if one can. I have to read it in a couple years for my course but I may pick him up this summer for pleasure reading. It's good to know the enemy. Reading Marx helps one use the word Marxist properly. It's thrown around too stupidly I think by the right wing. Sort of like racism by the left. "That's Marxist!" So what did Marx say exactly? Well he said....
 

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wainscottbl said:
Reading Marx helps one use the word Marxist properly. It's thrown around too stupidly I think by the right wing. Sort of like racism by the left.
Good stuff!  Sure Marxism morphed into things other than what Marx himself specifically wrote about, but it strikes me as odd how frequently people use terms like that.

I'm currently reading Albion's Seed: Four British Folkways in America.  I've seen it referenced so many times, that I had read it.  Interesting, if a tad tedious, for those who are interested in this sort of thing, i.e. cultural history of Colonial America, and according to the book's argument, ergo English/British history as well. 
 

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Fifty Spiritual Homilies of Saint Macarius the Egyptian

99¢ on the Kindle...

EDIT--Also just got this on there for free... should be a nice short read:

The Christian Use of the Psalter, by Arthur Richard Whitham
 

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I'm read the epistles of Ignatius on a more in depth level than I have before, trying to commit their themes to memory and how certain epistles relate to the Pauline Epistles to those same churches, the book of acts and the book of revelation.

Also reading the History of Christianity in Japan by Otis Cary, which starts off with the Catholic missions to Japan and then in the second volume focuses on the Orthodox Mission. Seven hundred pages of fun.

There is however one book I really want to read concerning the relationship between Easter and Passover by Paul F. Bradshaw and Lawrence A. Hoffman. Too bad it's not on Kindle or anywhere in New Zealand :(
 

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tried Amazon.com?

I' m reading Orthodox Spirituality; by Fr. Dumitru Staniloe - for myself
  and the Narnia set for my 4yr old grand nephew ( aloud, of course)
Aslan is not a 'tame' lion!
 

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Scientific canon, not religious...
 

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Has anybody read The Odyssey: A Modern Sequel / Nikos Kazantzakis? I was thinking of reading the Iliad for the second time in my life, plus The Odyssey (around 10th reading).  I will also read the book in question if I receive positive feedback.
Thanks.
 

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The Rite: The Making of a Modern Exorcist, by Matt Baglio

Not reading but listening to the audiobook. Fascinating.
 

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stavros_388 said:
The Rite: The Making of a Modern Exorcist, by Matt Baglio

Not reading but listening to the audiobook. Fascinating.
I enjoyed reading this book.  I finished it within five days, which is not typical for me. 
 

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Mor Ephrem said:
stavros_388 said:
The Rite: The Making of a Modern Exorcist, by Matt Baglio

Not reading but listening to the audiobook. Fascinating.
I enjoyed reading this book.  I finished it within five days, which is not typical for me. 
Me too. I love this book. The movie, not so much.


Selam
 

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Gebre Menfes Kidus said:
Mor Ephrem said:
stavros_388 said:
The Rite: The Making of a Modern Exorcist, by Matt Baglio

Not reading but listening to the audiobook. Fascinating.
I enjoyed reading this book.  I finished it within five days, which is not typical for me. 
Me too. I love this book. The movie, not so much.


Selam
I agree.  The book was quite interesting, and if all they did was turn it into a sort of "documentary", it would've probably been fine.  But it's as if they tried to make the story more interesting by adding absurdity.  Only Hopkins and Cucinotta (;)) save the film for me, but it is pretty terrible. 

After reading that book, I was inspired to read books by Frs Amorth and Fortea. 
 

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Mor Ephrem said:
Gebre Menfes Kidus said:
Mor Ephrem said:
stavros_388 said:
The Rite: The Making of a Modern Exorcist, by Matt Baglio

Not reading but listening to the audiobook. Fascinating.
I enjoyed reading this book.  I finished it within five days, which is not typical for me. 
Me too. I love this book. The movie, not so much.


Selam
I agree.  The book was quite interesting, and if all they did was turn it into a sort of "documentary", it would've probably been fine.  But it's as if they tried to make the story more interesting by adding absurdity.  Only Hopkins and Cucinotta (;)) save the film for me, but it is pretty terrible. 

After reading that book, I was inspired to read books by Frs Amorth and Fortea. 
The best book on this subject, IMO, is Hostage to The Devil by Malachi Martin. Incredible book.


Selam
 

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Gamliel said:
Has anybody read The Odyssey: A Modern Sequel / Nikos Kazantzakis? I was thinking of reading the Iliad for the second time in my life, plus The Odyssey (around 10th reading).  I will also read the book in question if I receive positive feedback.
Thanks.
You should pass. Read Joyce instead.
 

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The Orthodox Church by Ware, The Silenced Majority by Amy Goodman, Letter to a Christian Nation by Sam Harris, and With Liberty and Justice for Some by Glenn Greenwald.

I have others by Chomsky, Chris Hedges, Bernie Sanders and Raymond Ibrahim waiting in the wings. I'm sure I have more after that as well.

I requested like 50 books from the library. Lots of reading to do.
 

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xOrthodox4Christx said:
I requested like 50 books from the library. Lots of reading to do.
Kudos to you, I admire people who can read that much.  Despite having tried, I really don't think I can handle reading more than one book at a time.  Even when I try to read two at a time, it doesn't seem to work as well as if I'd just read one immediately after the other. 
 

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Mor Ephrem said:
xOrthodox4Christx said:
I requested like 50 books from the library. Lots of reading to do.
Kudos to you, I admire people who can read that much.  Despite having tried, I really don't think I can handle reading more than one book at a time.  Even when I try to read two at a time, it doesn't seem to work as well as if I'd just read one immediately after the other. 
I used to be able to read 3 or 4 books at a time, but lately am having trouble getting through a book and, say, a magazine.
 

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hecma925 said:
Mor Ephrem said:
xOrthodox4Christx said:
I requested like 50 books from the library. Lots of reading to do.
Kudos to you, I admire people who can read that much.  Despite having tried, I really don't think I can handle reading more than one book at a time.  Even when I try to read two at a time, it doesn't seem to work as well as if I'd just read one immediately after the other. 
I used to be able to read 3 or 4 books at a time, but lately am having trouble getting through a book and, say, a magazine.
My attention span has grown shorter, but I still do the three books at a time thing (hard copy, Kindle, kid book with the young 'un).
 

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Arachne said:
hecma925 said:
Mor Ephrem said:
xOrthodox4Christx said:
I requested like 50 books from the library. Lots of reading to do.
Kudos to you, I admire people who can read that much.  Despite having tried, I really don't think I can handle reading more than one book at a time.  Even when I try to read two at a time, it doesn't seem to work as well as if I'd just read one immediately after the other. 
I used to be able to read 3 or 4 books at a time, but lately am having trouble getting through a book and, say, a magazine.
My attention span has grown shorter, but I still do the three books at a time thing (hard copy, Kindle, kid book with the young 'un).
I'm a location reader with one book in my study, another in the living room, one at the bedstand, and one at my office (for lunch breaks).  Lately, I just don't make it into my study and once I get to bed, I crash.
 

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hecma925 said:
I used to be able to read 3 or 4 books at a time, but lately am having trouble getting through a book and, say, a magazine.
Finishing books? Ain't no one got time for that!
 

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Asteriktos said:
hecma925 said:
I used to be able to read 3 or 4 books at a time, but lately am having trouble getting through a book and, say, a magazine.
Finishing books? Ain't no one got time for that!
Exactly!  :'(
 

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The Iliad of Homer / translated by Richmond Lattimore ; introduction and notes by Richard Martin.
 
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