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About newenglandsun

A student. Male. Passionate. Easily offended. Child-like wonderer. Growing in faith, messing up daily.

Women and the Priesthood — ed. Fr. Thomas Hopko

Women and the Priesthood ed. by Fr. Thomas Hopko is a necessary book these days contributing to an ongoing discussion in the Church as to whether women should be ordained or not. I thought it was quite a refreshing read … Continue reading

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Fr. Raymond E. Brown–The Critical Meaning of the Bible

Raymond E. Brown’s The Critical Meaning of the Bible is a book meant for those who want to ask the questions, not for those who want to find the answers. While there is a lot of information that helps to … Continue reading

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Hilarion Alfeyev – Christ the Conqueror of Hell

Hilarion Alfeyev’s book, Christ the Conqueror of Hell is a well-put-together overview on the patristic thought of Christ’s descent into Hell. I think he comes out a bit too harsh on the Latin patristics though. The book is mostly an … Continue reading

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Rowan Williams – Praying With Icons of the Virgin

This book is bound to be a gem in the section of iconography some day. Rowan Williams’s work actually brings the icons to life. He goes through the book describing each icon he writes about in detail. He also makes … Continue reading

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Etienne Gilson – Christian Philosophy: An Introduction

This was actually an interesting introduction to St. Thomas Aquinas’s philosophy. Etienne Gilson was a French, Roman Catholic, metaphysicist. Since it was short, not much can be said of it but it introduces the reader to peer into what Catholics … Continue reading

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Plato: The Man and His Work by A.E. Taylor

This book was more of a commentary on Plato’s works. All of them. It gives you an in-depth insight into the ancient Greek philosopher’s mind and his own way of thinking. I was surprised to find that despite that it … Continue reading

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Jaroslav Pelikan – Mary Through the Centuries

This book is a great explanation of how various different cultures among and outside of Christianity have viewed Mary. If you’re reading it as a defense of Mariology, you’re reading it wrong. However, a lot of the book does focus … Continue reading

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