My favorite books of 2010

(In no particular order)

1.  Gregory of Nyssa, Dogmatic Treatises (NPNF Series II volume 5).   Good, if long-winded discussion of God’s attributes and essence and the distinctions within God’.

2.  Basil the Great, Works and Letters (NPNF Series II volume 8).   Exciting glimpse into the life of the church, along with suggestions of how to navigate out of certain “canonical” messes (found in the “Letters” part).   Excellent trinitarian reasoning.

3.  John McGuckin, Cyril of Alexandria and the Christological Controversy.  Splendid discussion of Cyril’s Christology.  Demonstrates how the Chalcedonian church saw Cyril as the test of Orthodoxy.

4.  Lee McDonald, The Formation of the Christian Biblical Canon.  McDonald doesn’t pursue it, but his reasoning fully deconstructs sola scriptura.  Responds to “But the Jews had a canon!” claims and other similar claims.  McDonald, being a watered-down evangelical, fumbles the ball at the end after looking modernity in the eye (and quailing).

5.  Thomas Torrance, The Ground and Grammar of Theology.  I actually listened to the audio lectures on the book, but the same principle is there.  Shows how a Patristic Christology saves both science and faith.

6.  Joseph Farrell, God, History, and Dialectic.  Somebody please put this into a real book.  This annoyance almost undoes whatever good qualities the book has.  In any case, the book redefines worldviews.   Probably shaped my reasoning more than anything else.

7.  Hieromonk Ambrose, The Life and Times of Fr. Seraphim Rose.  A cross between Augustine’s Confessions and Louis L’amour.  Awe-inspiring.  We see Fr Seraphim as a modern Tsarist Knight against Nihilism–and we should aspire to similar aims.

8.  Seraphim Rose, Orthodoxy and the Religion of the Future.  The modern phenomena of fringe elements of society becoming mainstream, as well as a watering down of religious and cultural mores is a preparation for Antichrist.

9.  David Engleman, Ultimate Things.  While bad exegesis at times, good meditations on how the fall of Tsarism unleashed the forces of Antichrist on the world (which the rest of the century demonstrated).



3 comments on “My favorite books of 2010

  1. castleman711 says:

    This is great!

    “Cyril of Alexandria and the Christological Controversy” is one of the books I am bummed out about costing so much, but I will get my hands on it sooner or later. Your review is what peaked my interest by the way.

    Seraphim Rose is also someone I need to get to know allot better. Seems like a very interesting guy. Tollbooths is something I am being cautious about, but I am interested to see what he thought on the matter, since his name is always coupled with this topic.

    • castleman711 says:

      Woops..tired…**Aerial Toll-Houses*** Right when I read that, I punched myself lol

    • tesla1389 says:

      I suspect the Cyril book will come back down in price. St Vlad’s realizes it is a valuable source. But then again, academic presses are almost worse-than-useless when it comes to stuff like this.

      Per Rose: Tollbooths bothered me as well for a while. Here’s the problem: the usual opponents and proponents have done a terrible job defending and attacking it. I actually love Rose’s book on it. He does a good job responding to cults and New Age. The problem with Rose, however, is that it almost makes Satan too powerful–and Rose didn’t address this properly. On the other hand, Rose does shed some light on passages in the NT that deal with the aerial realm and demons. Secondly, a form of tollhouses is documented in the Fathers. Despite what Azkoul and others say, this isn’t up for negotiation. Thirdly, for what it’s worth, CS Lewis believed in it, too! (I bet evangelicals never saw that one coming! LOL). Read the last chapter of Screwtape Letters. Screwtapes mentions the patient’s sojourn from earth to “heaven.”

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