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4.10.04

Blogging Again

Well, my home internet connection has at last been restored, a most happy occasion. Having grown up with the internet (I remeber the ponderous Netscape we used in fourth grade- it was the most coveted privilege of the class) I've found that my accumulated "dependence" is embaressingly great; and I am afraid that I spend far more time browsing than I should. I recall reading someone who said that we should only read so much as we pray. The same should go for internet browsing...

And speaking of reading, I recently aquired a couple new books, both highly esteemable. One is Alexander Schmemann's Of Water and the Spirit. I've only managed to read a short ways into it (time has been a bit pressed as of late, between work and school and all that falls inbetween), but have found it a wonderful work, conveying many of the same themes as For the Life of the World.

I also bought John McGuckin's St. Cyril of Alexandria: The Christological Controversy: Its History, Theology, and Texts. Again, I have only worked part of the way into it, but have greatly enjoyed it thus far. I must admit that my knowledge of the Nestorian controversy had been vague at best, so this work has been quite a boon for me. I particularly appreciate the many texts McGuckin includes in the book, as I did not possess anything by St. Cyril outside of a few brief works included in the Ecumenical Council volume of the Nicene and Post-Nicene Oxford library.

Oh, and for my birthday last week my mom got me an introduction book to Latin. I'm hoping to at least work through some basics and perhaps begin memorizing declensions and some vocabulary and all that good stuff. At least expand my Latin beyond "Et tu, Brute?" and "Veni, vedi, vici."

3 Comments:

Blogger Karl Thienes said...

That is some good reading you've got!

What Latin textbook? Is it Wheelock?

10:47 AM  
Blogger Doug said...

Wheelock is the classic, of course. But when I took a year of Latin in college we used the 3 volume Oxford Latin Course. Despite the fact that it incorporates some silly cartoons (following the life of Horace), I really loved it and thought it was a great intro.

11:13 AM  
Blogger Jonathan said...

My Latin introduction is by a Dr. Stephen Beall, and is called "Latin in 24 Hours." It seems to be in the vein of "popular" language literature, which is good enough for me at the moment (I had planned for my schedule this semester to be less crowded, but things didn't turn out that way...).

2:49 PM  

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