Hesiod 1: Hesiod possibly a contemporary of Homer 2: "Hesiod definitely belongs to that transitional period when the oral tradition was slowly coming toHesiod 1: Hesiod possibly a contemporary of Homer 2: "Hesiod definitely belongs to that transitional period when the oral tradition was slowly coming to an end and the written was taking its first, timid steps."
Theogony Introduction 3: Theogony is partly a cosmogony 4: Babylonian Enuma Elish (Apsu, Tiamat, Ea, Marduk); Mahabharata 5: Elder Edda and Snorra Edda (Thor, Lokki, Hel, Norns, Yggdrassil, Ragnarok) 5-6: breakdown of the Theogony: invocation to Muses, first beings and their progeny; Ouranos and the lineage of Zeus, Titans, Ouranos and Kronos, Aphrodite, progeny of monstrous beings, "Hymn to Hekate," first Olympians and Kronos, Prometheus, Titans, Typhoeus, progeny of Zeus and other gods 6: Gaia —> Ouranos —> Kronos —> Zeus 7: "Night is mother of Dreams—Dreams come at night—and also mother of Day because Day follows Night." 7-8: Hesiod didn't make everything up, only some of it 9: not ex nihilo but ex ignoto (out of the unknown); no account for the origin of man
Read this as part of a Great Texts course at Baylor that I'm unofficially auditing.
About the Vintage Spiritual Classics xi: turn from the therapeutic xiRead this as part of a Great Texts course at Baylor that I'm unofficially auditing.
About the Vintage Spiritual Classics xi: turn from the therapeutic xii-xiii: lector divina as an act of prayer
Preface xv: Benedict was fed up with Roman paganism [cf. Martin Luther in 1510-11] xvii: rules can be abused (sadists and masochists); it's interesting how much the Moore stresses an allegorical interpretation of Benedict's rule, as if he knows the stringency will turn many people off xviii: modern = individualistic; community = altruism and self-denial xx: the abbot speaks for Christ xxi: Rudolf Otto: religion is a sense of awe xxii: sexuality and humor not necessarily suppressed xxiii: being aware of the divine presence everywhere (see p. 28) xxiv: the soul is the center of attention xxv: modernity can't satisfy; monasticism avoids anxiety
Introduction xxvii-xxx: short biography of Benedict xxx: concern about the rule's strictness
Chronology of Christian Monasticism xxxi-xxxvi: Moses, John the Baptist, Jesus, Antony of Egypt, Basil the Great, Gregory of Nyssa, Ambrose, Jerome, Augustine of Hippo, Benedict, Gregory the Great, etc.
The Rule (73 chapters) 3-6: conflicting message of doing good works to "deserve" the kingdom, vs. acknowledging that God's power brings about our good works 7-8: 4 types of monks 8: abbot has the place of Christ 10: treatment varies by circumstance 13: give God credit for good things 16-20: Ch. 7 on humility (12-step process) 16: "we descend by exaltation and ascend by humility" (cf. The Valley of Vision) 20: "good habit and delight in virtue" (cf. Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics) 21-28: lots of psalm singing 28: get through the whole psalter in a week (energetic Fathers did it in a day) 30: don't sleep with your knife 31: perform satisfaction [penance; see pp. 44-46, 68] 33: corporal punishment (cauterizing iron, strokes of the rod, knife for amputation) 34: may return (after leaving) up to three times 34-35: cellarer must be humble 36: no private property 39: the sick may bathe and eat meat 41: avoid meat from four-footed animals; half a bottle of wine a day 46: types of work 47: "Idleness is the enemy of the soul." 48: read an entire book during Lent 49: "The life of a monk ought to be a continuous Lent."; don't do anything without the abbot's approval 51-52: guests should be welcomed by superiors, not brothers 54: bedding and clothing; the abbot's table 55: artistry in the monastery 56: hard entrance (long waiting period and repetition of the rule) for novices 59-60: visiting monks 61: sometimes boys can judge their elders, like Samuel and Daniel (cf. p. 67) 63: hate the sin, but love the sinner; leaders should strive to be loved, not feared; discretion is the mother's of virtues 65: porter's room is near the entrance 66: news from outside the monastery can be dangerous 67: don't defend blood relatives in a monastery 69: wicked zeal vs. good zeal; this rule is to lead to virtue in the monastic life; use the OT and the NT; Basil mentioned 70: cultivate virtues with God's help; this is a little rule for beginners [cf. Westminster Shorter Catechism]...more
The early edition of Miracles was criticized by Elizabeth Anscombe, a philosopher who debated Lewis in the only public debate that Lewis ever lost. AThe early edition of Miracles was criticized by Elizabeth Anscombe, a philosopher who debated Lewis in the only public debate that Lewis ever lost. A revised edition of this book, according to this article, addressed Anscombe's concern, but essentially uses it to reinforce Lewis's original opinion....more
Listened to this driving to and from Baylor. This is the third time that I've read through the entire epic.
Beginning of Book 1: Disc 1, Track 1 BeginniListened to this driving to and from Baylor. This is the third time that I've read through the entire epic.
Beginning of Book 1: Disc 1, Track 1 Beginning of Book 2: Disc 1, Track 7 Beginning of Book 3: Disc 2, Track 4 Beginning of Book 4: Disc 2, Track 8 Beginning of Book 5: Disc 3, Track 6 Beginning of Book 6: Disc 4, Track 4 Beginning of Book 7: Disc 5, Track 1 Beginning of Book 8: Disc 5, Track 4 Beginning of Book 9: Disc 5, Track 7 Beginning of Book 10: Disc 6, Track 7 Beginning of Book 11: Disc 7, Track 6 Beginning of Book 12: Disc 8, Track 3...more