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Does God Suffer?
Does God Suffer?
by Thomas G. Weinandy
Edition: Paperback
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Challenging the notion of a mutable God, November 24, 2002
This review is from: Does God Suffer? (Paperback)
In the face of modern theologies and spiritualities which emphasise a 'suffering God', Fr Tom Weinandy herein offers a new look at the traditional patristic notion of God's impassibility -- and in so doing, attempts to show how this classical notion in fact more fully emphasises the care and love of God for man. The subject is systematically treated from the perspectives of comparative patristics, later theologians, and various philosophical approaches; and several modern-day encapsulations of passible-God-beliefs are examined and critiqued. Written in a more accessible style than the same author's "Does God Change?" this book is no less thorough and offers a profoundly well structured support for the traditional belief in God's impassibility.


Does God Change? (Studies in Historical Theology)
Does God Change? (Studies in Historical Theology)
by Thomas G. Weinandy
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A detailed examination of central Christology, November 24, 2002
Weinandy's "Does God Change?" addresses the Christological question of mutability in the divine nature, as is conceptually challenged in the notion of the Word 'becoming' man. Through a comparison with early and later Fathers of both East and West (though predominantly the latter), as well as with several modern thinkers, Weinandy examines in great detail the manner in which the 'becoming' of the Incarnation need not -and in fact does not- require 'change' in the divine nature of God; and in the process, the book definitively refutes several of the most common modern-day Christological errors on this front. Exceptionally dense in places, this book requires some level of academic familiarity with the field in order to be read effectively; but for those in the field, it is an extremely helpful text.


The Place of Blessed Augustine in the Orthodox Church (Orthodox Theological Texts)
The Place of Blessed Augustine in the Orthodox Church (Orthodox Theological Texts)
by Seraphim Rose
Edition: Paperback
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An insightful call to moderation, November 24, 2002
Fr Seraphim Rose's short text on Blessed Augustine is an insightful charge for Orthodox to embrace the tenets of moderation and understanding in an approach to the often controversial views of Augustine. While not an 'academic work' in the sense that it holds up to a great deal of critical scrutiny in all its points, Fr Rose's text nonetheless provides a much needed alternative to the frequent 'Augustine-bashing' found in certain circles, drawing out both the negative and the positive in the author's thought.


Ad Autolycum (Oxford Early Christian Texts Series)
Ad Autolycum (Oxford Early Christian Texts Series)
by Saint Theophilus
Edition: Hardcover
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The standard edition of Theophilus' text, November 24, 2002
R.M. Grant's edition of Theophilus' "Ad Autolycum" has become the standard volume for students of this patristic author. Presenting a critical edition of the Greek along with an English translation, Grant also offers a commentary on the text that, while somewhat slanted at times, yet serves as a helpful introduction to the author and his thought. Certainly an invaluable volume for students of the early patristic tradition.


The Double Tongue
The Double Tongue
by William Golding
Edition: Paperback
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, yet somewhat unsatisfying., May 7, 2000
This review is from: The Double Tongue (Paperback)
I must agree with other reviewers on this work: while certainly an interesting read, it is not quite as satisfying as one might hope -- especially if familiar with the author's other works.
It must be kept in mind that this book is but a draft, unfinished upon Golding's untimely death. Yet for that very reason it is of interest to those who are intrigued by the workings of the writing process: here is a text that is but in 'draft form', and offers a none-too-often seen glimplse into a writer's mind, before revisions and editing have cleared away all the excess stone from the statue.
Golding's grasp of the Classical world lends a nice touch of familiarity to this short novella, which I would recommend for fans of his works, and those curious of the writing process.


The Cider House Rules
The Cider House Rules
by John Irving
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An insightful and thought-provoking work, May 7, 2000
For all the hype that this book and its subsequent film adaptation have received, it can for once be said that the hype is fitting to the subject. Irving has written a powerful piece that not only entertains, but challenges the reader.
The subject matter is one that will stir up controversy with many, and that is entirely the author's intent. In his presentation he is masterful: there are characters that the reader will relate to, no matter what his or her individual stance toward abortion and the issue of human choice; and there are characters that the reader will abhor. Their unique mixture in this piece is what gives it such life, and such depth.
Funny, insightful, challenging. It is a book whose final 'conclusions' are not my own, but which I appreciate greatly for its willingness to examine the issues.


For the Life of the World: Sacraments and Orthodoxy
For the Life of the World: Sacraments and Orthodoxy
by Alexander Schmemann
Edition: Paperback
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67 of 72 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Theology and Poetry Come Together, January 1, 2000
A subtitle of 'Sacraments and Orthodoxy' likely draws a disinterested note in the minds of many, yet the true magic of Fr. Schmemann's writing is its ability to broach such intricate and essential subjects with all the magnetism of a brilliant poet. His words speak almost like a song, and draw the reader into a heartfelt and meaningful discussion of the very centre of Orthodox Christian life.
One of Fr. Schmemann's great legacies to Orthodoxy in America --and indeed, the world-- was the energy he put into revitalizing the sacramental spirit of its people. 'For the Life of the World' is a book which seeks just that goal: to remind Christians of their Eucharistic centre, and open their eyes to a way of living life 'sacramentally.' It is a book that discusses the heart of Orthodox theology, yet it is a simple book. It is a book that discusses the greatest mysteries of creation, yet in the most personal of manners.
There are few books which, in so few pages, can make so great an impact on their readers. So strong was its spiritual impact when first published as a paper, that this book was hand-translated into common Russian and smuggled into that country to serve as a help for the persecuted faithful.
'For the Life of the World' is one book that, truly, no heartfelt Christian person should be without.


Our Dumb Century: The Onion Presents 100 Years of Headlines from America's Finest News Source
Our Dumb Century: The Onion Presents 100 Years of Headlines from America's Finest News Source
by Scott Dikkers
Edition: Paperback
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Highly Amusing for a Light Chuckle, January 1, 2000
'The Onion' has brought together its own special blend of humour in this book -- and if you're a fan of that comic styling (and admittedly, not everyone is), you'll find yourself rolling from this one.
Keeping with 'The Onion's tradition of blatantly mocking all aspects of modern culture, "Our Dumb Century" is a special treat in that it presents a 'historical work'; a look back at all the 'headlines' from the past 100 years. Fans will love the jabs at 1908 maladies and 1920's anxieties.
The humour is of its own brand, but if that brand is yours (i.e., you've read the Onion before, and enjoyed it), then this is a book you'll love.


The Color Purple
The Color Purple
by Alice Walker
Edition: Paperback
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Moving and passionate, December 30, 1999
This review is from: The Color Purple (Paperback)
It is hard not to be stirred by this book, which has quite understandably become a classic of American literature.
Recounting the story of a black girl's hardships in the American world of prejudice, Alice Walker's "The Color Purple" presentings a moving story of love, hurt, trial, and growth. From the most simple of perspectives --that of a girl's journal-- it presents a masterful look at the philosophy, mentality, and psychology of an age.
"The Color Purple" has become a classic of so-called 'Black Literature,' as well as a greatly honoured book within the feminist movement. Whether you are a member of either or not, this book is one you should want to read.


Mysticism: Holiness East and West
Mysticism: Holiness East and West
by Denise Lardner Carmody
Edition: Paperback
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A thoughtful and scholarly examination, December 30, 1999
Students of religion and mysticism will find this an insightful and scholarly look into the field. Carmody & Carmody have written a book that examines mysticism in several of its most common forms, from the standpoint of many of the world's most populous religions.
The book is organised, roughly, by each particular faith: mysticism within Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism, etc. Each section offers a short historical overview of the religion itself, then delves into its manifestations of mystical holiness.
Truly a masterful work, and one which also possesses the remarkable gift of being extremely readable. A hearty recommendation for the book!


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