Philosophy does not save.

My background is in Philosophy, and I struggled with this for about five years. These TradCaths used to have my sympathy, but they walk with Aristotle stuck in their ears: if you do struggle with Intellectual Paganism, please read Saint Gregory Palamas's Philosophy does not save. On why Orthodox commentators keep using Barlaam as an … Continue reading Philosophy does not save.

The sea of fertility by Yukio Mishima, book review

Spring snow or Haru no Yuki in Japanese is Mishima's 1969 novel. The first in his tetralogy known as the Sea of fertility, and extremely late in his writing career. The story is about Kiyoaki Matsugae and his friend Shigekuni Honda. Kiyoaki is the son of an aristocrat which comes from a Samurai family, his … Continue reading The sea of fertility by Yukio Mishima, book review

On marriage and family life by St John Chrysostom, book review

'On marriage and family life' is a small book which is a collection of Saint John Chrysostom's (349-407AD) Homilies on marriage. It contains a basic introduction to John's life and the Theology and Ethics behind Christian marriage. This introduction is evidently American, and written by someone who still hasn't fully escaped the post-Enlightenment culture of … Continue reading On marriage and family life by St John Chrysostom, book review

Acts of Worship: Seven stories by Yukio Mishima, book review

'Acts of Worship: Seven stories' is a collection of short stories by Yukio Mishima. The seven stories go from 1946-65, so are wide in their scope of his writing career. These seven stories are Fountains in the rain, Raisin bread, Sword, Sea and sunset, Cigarette, Martyrdom and Act of worship. This collection is named after … Continue reading Acts of Worship: Seven stories by Yukio Mishima, book review

Thirst for love by Yukio Mishima, book review.

Thirst for love or Ai no Kawaki in Japanese, is Yukio Mishima's 1950 novel. This is extremely early in his writing career. This is his second major novel, the first being Confessions of a mask. Etsuko is a widow who lives with her father-in-law Yakichi in the Sugimoto household, after her husband passed away from … Continue reading Thirst for love by Yukio Mishima, book review.

Of Water & the Spirit by Alexander Schmemann, book review

Of Water & the Spirit: A Liturgical study of Baptism by Alexander Schmemann is a Christian book which seeks to bring back the traditional meaning of Baptism by explaining it and its liturgical elements. He traces its origins as a Christian ceremony of re-creation which would be primarily performed and celebrated on Pascha (Easter). The … Continue reading Of Water & the Spirit by Alexander Schmemann, book review

The Decay of the Angel by Yukio Mishima, book review

The Decay of the Angel or Tennin no Gosui in Japanese is Mishima’s 1970 novel. The forth and final in his tetralogy known as the Sea of fertility, and extremely late in his writing career, this is his last book before his suicide. This story follows Honda in his old age, and Toru who is a sixteen year … Continue reading The Decay of the Angel by Yukio Mishima, book review