- I've used this a few times. I find it a nice quick reference guide to quickly get a handle on how the author feels the subject matter (sola gratia, Restorationism, etc) either is in agreement with Eastern Orthodoxy or departs from it. Articles were brief, concise. For instance, regarding sola gratia, he writes: "Orthodox can agree with sola gratia if it is understood to mean that it is God’s grace that does the actual transforming work of salvation. However, Orthodoxy believes in synergy, that God and man are co-workers (2 Cor. 6:1), that man must “work out [his] own salvation with fear and trembling” (Phil. 2:12)." (p. 70) That introduces the reader to the notion of "synergy" and can lead to further study. Examples like this run throughout the book. However, because of his brevity and certainty, sometimes he'll make a (to the uninformed reader) a puzzling comment, such as saying, e.g. that the EO see grace as "uncreated" and "grace is God," distinguishing from the RC view that grace is a "favor," and this perspective, then "precludes union with God." Furthermore, he may make some simplistic overgeneralizations/assumptions, or get things flat out wrong, as he did when he wrote on "Restorationism" (known to many as the Stone-Campbell movement, denominational known through the Disciples of Christ, Churches of Christ and others). Some of what he said was was true (e.g., pointing out how a unity movement itself is divided) or painful (ie, regarding some beliefs and praxis) however made sweeping statements that failed to distinguish the broad differences between, say, the Disciples and the Churches of Christ. That led me to believe he likely has done that elsewhere. While I don't fault the difficulty of integrating nuance into a brief writeup, he says things with such certitude that many underinformed readers will walk away with erroneous caricatures of other Christian groups.
- would be nice to offer a handful of clips like on several other courses, not just a short intro.
- so why can't we add this to a wishlist?
- Friedrich This can be done from the Faithlife ebooks page below. https://ebooks.faithlife.com/product/166163/mindful-silence-the-heart-of-christian-contemplationMindful Silence: The Heart of Christian ContemplationOur fast-paced lives are filled with distractions, frequently leaving us disillusioned and dissatisfied—with ourselves, with others, and even with God. Spiritual practices that used to sustain us fall short when life circumstances bring us to the limits of our self. After many years leading an international humanitarian organization, Phileena Heuertz experienced the deconstruction of her identity, worldview, and faith. Centering prayer, a Christian expression of mindfulness, was a cruciebooks.faithlife.com
- just curious: the overview blurb provided by Logos says that this book "demonstrates their essential lines of continuity with classical Jewish thought and early Christian theology" however, neither the subtitle ("...early Judaism" nor the chapter titles/subpoints specifically mention Christian theology. So, is the blurb an overstatement? I am guessing that there likely would be a connection between Judaism and Christian theology...but I'd like to know if this book *literally* draws those connections.
- The blurb about the book seems to be the standard one provided by the publisher (says the same thing on Amazon's product page description). From a quick look at the book, I'd say his last chapter on "Theological Wisdom" is where he draws the most connections to Christian theology. All entries for "Jesus" in the index appear to come from that chapter. He discusses Jesus' parables in Chapter 2 "Education for Life." Searching the text for the word "Christian" gets 29 hits, many referring to Christian writings or theology. Most come in that last chapter (~15). The second-most references to "Christian" (~9) come in Chapter 3 about "God and the Moral Order." His scripture index includes references to the NT books of Matt, Mark, Luke, Rom, 1 Cor, Col, and Rev. It appears to me he makes an effort to *literally* draw those connections, but I have not read the entire book.
- Doug, makes sense, and some good sleuthing there. I really appreciate you taking time and giving attention to this. Even at 4.99 special, I have to be careful what I am using my limited resources on. :)