One note to those of you who have purchased one or more of my eBooks (see http://amazon.com/author/cjshayward):
This week I finished remastering the formatting for most of my eBooks. If you've used some of my eBooks and the formatting is a little bit off, I invite you to reload the eBook from the cloud.
The bidding for my Mac laptop (a nice 17" MacBook Pro) has begun, and the auction closes in two hours! See my loaded-up Mac at: https://www.ebay.com/itm/302561775953 #computer #Apple #MBP #gifts #virtualization #VMware
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Joyous feast day!
Today I have posted, "Awesome Gang Author Interview" at https://CJSHayward.com/author-interview/
I can't help but feel that the interview is less than adequate for the occasion, but then when DO we offer something which is adequate?...
I greet you with all the joy of today's feast!
I've had a long and good journey with this computer, and I believe that with a new logic board it would be a terrific find for the right person. Please read and reshare:
I've just launched a new website at https://ebook-builder.gifts - eBook Builder Gifts
It's a free made-to-order ebook compiler that might make a nice gift for yourself, or for someone else!
As we are approaching Halloween, I wanted to make my most recent post available a bit early.
The Magician's Triplet: Magician, Scientist, Reformer (A Meditation Posted for Halloween / “Reformation Day") is online, at https://cjshayward.com/magicians-triplet/
Glory be to Jesus Christ! Glory forever.
I am an Orthodox Christian author trying to reach Mount Athos to enter repentance for the rest of my life.
I've posted a new fundraising page that's different for each visit: "These Are a Few of my Favorite Things:"...
Christ is risen, His joy! Please visit, pray, and reshare.
Posted today: "'Belabored Inclusive Language' and 'Naturally Inclusive Language'", https://cjshayward.com/naturally-inclusive-language/
This deals with material a decade or two old, but there is one point I think I may be first to point out.
I think Orthodox could use a new term: "anti-anti-climax".
The Gospels, if you cut them short, say this: there is a teacher, and possibly much more than a teacher, who began making more and more of an interesting impact, and after all this buildup, there was a banal political battle and he was executed like a common criminal.
G.K. Chesterton, in one of its works, says it reflects a profound misunderstanding of the Gospel traditions to view our Lord's death as an anticlimax th...at dissipates everything that was building up before it happened. He calls it the point of the narrative, and even more forcefully says, "Like the point of a sword."
There is something in the Gospel narratives that might be called "anti-anti-climax". If the Gospels clipped at Christ's death could be seen as anti-climactic, so much more does the complete Gospel dispel what seems anti-climax. It is present, for instance, on the road to Emmaus, where Christ appears to two quite bewildered disciples who don't even recognize him, and like the woman at the well the Word opens things up in a dialogue worthy of Socrates, and at the last minute, their eyes are opened, they realize they have been talking with a very much alive Lord, and he vanishes from their sight.
It is cut from the same cloth that the Gospels give chapters' worth of attention to Judas's betrayal, the highly non-kosher trial of the Sanhedrin at night, the made-up pretext of a political trial, the soldiers' mockery, and a crucifixion that was so horrid that the first audience needed no description, and at the end just barely say more than three words: "He is risen!", and there is really nothing more to be said.
If Christ's death can be viewed, at very least the first time one encounters the Gospel story, as an anti-climax to the mounting activity of his miracles and public ministry, ever so much more the true ending of the Gospel is an anti-anti-climax: it is like the punch line of a joke.
For a long time I did not like that the Lord is working and you only real meet him for an instant before he vanishes. But this is not a feature of the Gospels alone; we like Christ's disciples do not see his hand as he only mends us; only at the last minute do we connect the dots and there is a dazzling burst of light before the Lord vanishes. As with Christ, and as with his disciples, so also the Christians.
And the same may be true for us, as God blesses others by us.
Christos Jonathan Seth Hayward
Christ is risen!
Orthodox author C.J.S. Hayward is seeking to reach Mount Athos to enter monastic repentance for the rest of his life.
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Got booted off the Facebook group "Eastern Orthodox Church" altogether after someone opened a conversation about confession covering sins remembered and sins not remembered, in relation to tollhouses which the original poster did quite clearly acknowledge.
I said that no serious discussion of tollhouses was complete without discussion of Fr. Seraphim (Rose), and gave the URL to the work that has gotten more one-star reviews than anything else I've written:
I suppose this was better for me to find out sooner rather than later.
"Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor has it entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love him."
St. John Chrysostom comments, "How is this ...if the prophets spoke of it? ...Yes, they heard, but the prophetic ear was not the ear 'of man': for they heard not as men, but as prophets ...For after the gift of the Spirit the heart of the prophets was not the heart of man, but a spiritual heart; as also he says himself, 'We have the mind of Chr...ist'... He is 'a natural man', who attributes everything to reasonings of the mind and does not consider that he needs help from above ...Eyes are beautiful and useful, but should they choose to see without light, their beauty profits them nothing ...So you will notice any soul, if it chooses to see without the Spirit, even becomes an impediment ...The things asserted require faith, and to apprehend them by reasonings is not possible, for their magnitude exceeds by a great deal the meanness of our understanding."
I remember asking some question of my godfather about constructing an Orthodox worldview. He put his foot down; both he and (I believe) my spiritual father said that I had been invited to believe the Orthodox faith but not construct an Orthodox worldview. This passage from St. John Chrysostom underscores the utter foreignness to Orthodoxy of the kind of approach that produces worldview construction and systematic theology. Systematic theology and belief in the infallibility of the Pope need take us no further from Orthodoxy than Rome; the enterprise of worldview construction is not distinctively Christian and puts us in the company of e.g. queer theorists working on (and I am not making this up) "sexual theology."
And my book on Fr. Seraphim, "The Seraphinians: 'Blessed Seraphim Rose' and His Axe-Wielding Western Converts" at http://tinyurl.com/seraphinians , underscores the heterodoxy of having talks about "Living the Orthodox Worldview", one of the foreign objects that Fr. Seraphim and his fans have imported to Orthodoxy.
I now have a new cover for "The Seraphinians" (unfortunately, you have to go to Amazon to see it as Facebook has cached an old image), and it is the first cover for that work that I've really been happy with. The image is inspired by some of the top Google image search results for "worldview" (see http://tinyurl.com/gr4r8s9). Worldview construction is not the only thing Fr. Seraphim's camp is known for that is unusual; he's also imported a feature of Protestantism of yesteryear, a Creation "Science" which I discuss in http://tinyurl.com/seraphinians
Have a happy and productive Lent!
A blessed Clean Monday, to those of you who are on Facebook!
As my first post in Lent, I invite you to read "The Arena" at https://CJSHayward.com/arena/
It is included in the collection "Where Is God In Suffering and Hard Times?" at http://amzn.to/2mnhQjY
I am an Orthodox Christian trying to fundraise my ticket to Mount Athos about a month after Pascha, in the hopes of entering monastic repentance for the rest of my life. If you want to, there are several things that might help.
"My" top-selling work is the Classic Orthodox Bible, for which I have contributed less than 1% of the work, which is best read alongside other translations like the Orthodox Study Bible and Johanna Manley's uniquely valuable Bible and Holy Fathers for ...Orthodox Christians, available in paperback with hardcover or Kindle just a click away, from http://amzn.to/2l8laey
To those curious about the things I actually did write, you can see a number of my works by scrolling all the way down my homepage at, https://CJSHayward.com
My flagship collection in Orthodox theology, with sample chapter of "The Angelic Letters" at https://CJSHayward.com/letters/ and "Doxology" at https://CJSHayward.com/doxology/, is "The Best of Jonathan's Corner" at http://amzn.to/2l8jt0Y
Lastly, if you are one of those precious few whose Lenten giving be just a direct gift, you can make a donation at https://GoFundMe.com/the-holy-mountain
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In Christ's Eternal Love,