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Commentaries Ancient and Modern

2022-03-21T20:32:31-04:00September 26th, 2017|Categories: Theology and Bible Study|Tags: , , |

Yesterday I did something I rarely do: I threw away some books. The three books were Bible commentaries on the gospels by English Protestant scholars. G.B.Caird’s commentary on St Luke went in the trash along with J.C.Fenton’s commentary on St Matthew’s gospel and D.E.Nineham’s work on St Mark. “Why throw away some perfectly good books?” you [...]

The Catholic Lifetime Reading Plan

2015-11-11T10:20:26-04:00November 11th, 2015|Categories: Suburban Hermit|Tags: , , , , |

Idleness is the enemy of the soul, and so monks should be occupied at some times with manual labor, and at certain times with holy reading. — Rule of St Benedict I've written here on the importance of reading and study for the spiritual life. As a consequence, a few readers have asked me [...]

When the Church Was Young

2015-11-05T11:16:19-04:00November 5th, 2015|Categories: Suburban Hermit|Tags: , , |

The Cappadocian Fathers Have you ever thought you should know more about the Apostolic Fathers of the church, but have been daunted by shelves of intimidating dusty volumes with long homilies by someone who might be named St Pachyderm of Anastasia? You like the story of St Nicholas slapping a heretic, but you've been [...]

Beam Down Athanasius

2012-05-02T10:09:57-04:00May 2nd, 2012|Categories: Theology|Tags: , , , , , |

Today we celebrate St Athanasius, and can somebody beam him down? The place is crawling with Arians again. The simple version is that Arius--a Bishop of Alexandria--taught that Jesus Christ was not fully divine. Nearly the whole church followed this new teaching. It made sense, after all for lots of reasons it was a bit of [...]


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