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Feast Day of Mary & Martha, the Sisters of Lazarus
Anno Domini 2012, Monday, June 4
ON WORK, PART 1: a letter by Fr. Thomas Merton
We had a wonderful night with Bill Mallonee this past Saturday evening.  In addition to great music, our pre-show conversation included a brief discussion about work and vocation (stay tuned for that conversation at the conclusion of the remaining installments of the 2009 Mallonee interview).  We’ve been reflecting on this topic a great deal lately and Bill Mallonee, along with Warren Farha (proprietor of Eighth Day Books), are beacons of inspirational light for us around here at Eighth Day Institute.  For more than twenty years now, they have both been committed to excellence, tenaciously following their vocations regardless of the cost.  And the cost has been great.  We’re reminded of one of our favorite quotes by T. S. Eliot - we like it so much it made its way into our first issue of Synaxis (“The Book”) as an epigram.  Here’s Eliot:Synaxis.htmlshapeimage_8_link_0
Feast Day of Hieromartyr Dorotheus, Bishop of Tyre
Anno Domini 2012, Tuesday, June 5
ON WORK, PART 2: a poem by Gene Herr written out of meditation on Fr. Tom Merton’s letter to Jim Forest
Get yourself saved
from the need to serve
Just as you seek to receive grace
to break your other addictions.

As long as you need to make a difference,
that is all you will do.
You may change the way a person
or a system thinks or does some things.
That can be important.
You may see yourself as others see you:
quite bright and gifted
and one of those we must keep tied to the church.
Feast Day of the Holy Martyr Emilian
Anno Domini 2012, Wednesday, July 18
MICRO-SYNAXIS: a newsletter unlike any other - we’ll just admit it: it’s not so small!
We’ve got bad news and good news.  The bad news isn’t really so bad, so we’ll start there.  We have made a slight change of plans for our journal Synaxis.  Due to size - over 200 pp. - substance, and cost, we have decided to change it from a bi-annual publication to an annual endeavor, to be released each year at the Eighth Day Symposium (Issue II will be available at the end of January, 2013).  

If you have already paid for the inaugural issue you will be receiving it in the next couple of weeks (we’re in Louisville for the Circe Conference on classical education and won’t be able to mail them out until next week).  If you paid for the annual subscription, you too will receive the inaugural issue, plus the second issue on poetics at the end of January, 2013 (it is progressing very smoothly and we’ll be releasing the table of contents within the next month).

Now for the exciting news.  As both a supplement to and teaser for the next issue of Synaxis, each summer we will  Synaxis.htmlsymposia.html
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Feast Day of Diomedes the Physician & Martyr of Tarsus
Anno Domini 2012, Thursday, August 15
ALEXANDER SOLZHENITSYN: a hall of men presentation
Since our third annual Eighth Day Symposium will be on Dostoevsky (“The Divine and the Demonic”), we will offer periodic reflections on Russian writers throughout the rest of this year.  Last Thursday evening (Aug 9) Dr. Malcolm Harris, Professor of Finance at Friends University, presented the life of Alexander Solzhenitsyn at the Hall of Men.  So we figure Solzhenitsyn is as good of a place to start as any.  

For now, as promised to the Men at the Hall, we would simply like to direct your attention to three key works referenced in Dr. Harris’s lecture, the first two by Solzhenitsyn and the third one by Pope Benedict: 1) The Nobel Lecture in Literature of 1970; 2) The 1978 Harvard Commencement Address; and 3) A presentation to bishops in Dallas, TX on Conscience and Truth.
Feast Day of Nikitas the Great Martyr
Anno Domini 2012, Saturday, September 15
MICRO-SYNAXIS: hard copies to hit the streets in 2-3 weeks; a sneak preview of the table of 
We are in the final stages of editing our newest publication: a one-of-a-kind newsletter called Micro-Synaxis.  Hard copies should ship out within the next 2-4 weeks.  Our inaugural issue focuses on “The Work of Renewing Culture” and we thought you might be interested in seeing the table of contents (we’ll also give you some sample excerpts over the next couple of weeks).  We hope to whet your appetite and move you to either subscribe or to auto-subscribe by becoming an Eighth Day Member to support our work of renewing culture through faith and learning.
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A conversation with Erin Doom, Director of Eighth Day Institute, on EDI’s mission and developing work.

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Feast Day of St. John Chrysostom, Archbishop of Constantinople
Anno Domini 2012, Tuesday, November 13
third annual eighth day symposium explores the divine & the demonic
Feast Day of The Holy Hieromartyr Eleutherius, Bishop of Illyricum
Anno Domini 2012, Saturday, December 15
from manger to throne: a liturgical journey through the splendorous life of saint gregory the mighty theologian
We have finalized the plans for our 2013 Symposium Festal Banquet and oh how excited we are!  Chef Chris Farha is preparing a menu that is guaranteed to be absolutely delicious.  A woman of many hats in our community, Chris will also be directing the St. George Cathedral Choir as we celebrate the nativity, the theophany, the death, and the resurrection of Christ through ancient Christian hymnography.  We’ll learn about St. Gregory through a few short readings and brief reflections from all of our symposium speakers: Ralph Wood will present Gregory the Pastoral Theologian with a short reflection on the relevance of theology for the Christian life; John Estes will present Gregory the Poet with a short reflection on poetry in Christian theology and hymnody; Scott Cairns will read his new poem titled “A Poem for St. Gregory”; Martin Cothran will present St. Gregory the Humanist with a short reflection on the importance of classics for education; and John Hodges will present Gregory the Epistolarian with a
Feast Day of The Protomartyr Stephen
Anno Domini 2012, Thursday, December 27
two letters in praise of synaxis and excerpts from the foreword, “Notes Towards the Definition of Cultural Renewal”
We are pleased to announce that we now have in hand copies of the inaugural issue of Micro-Synaxis, our small gathering of literary jewels, book reviews from Eighth Day Books, and transcribed excerpts from our work over the past year.  Although we intend to publish it annually on September 1, opting to follow the ecclesial cycle of time rather than the secular, this first issue arrived just in time to lighten the Christmas season as we approach the feast day of St. Basil the Great, the first day of the secular new year.
We are currently finalizing details for our third annual Eighth Day Symposium on “Dostoevsky: The Divine and the Demonic.”  Registration is now open for the Symposium, the Banquet, and the Iconography Workshop and a Schedule has been posted; lecture / breakout titles and abstracts and speaker bios will follow shortly, along with more details about our banquet for the Feast Day of St. Gregory the Theologian.  Secure your spot now by taking advantage of early discounted registration by registering before January 11 - registration is limited to 300.

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Feast Day of The 14,000 Holy Innocents Slain by Herod in Bethlehem
Anno Domini 2012, Thursday, December 29
a florilegium on our work of cultural renewal in 2012
Long ago I established a habit of taking the week after Christmas to reflect on the previous year by recording the most memorable moments of the year. As this year comes to a close, I would like to start a new tradition by utilizing the form of a florilegium to record the most memorable quotes of the year.   
Derived from the Latin words for “flower” (flor) and “to gather” (legere), the word florilegium literally means a gathering
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Feast Day of Sylvester, Pope of Rome
Anno Domini 2012, Thursday, December 29
eighth day symposium banquet reservations and a passage from st dorotheos of gaza
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The deadline for reservations at our Eighth Day Symposium Banquet - “From Manger to Throne: A Liturgical Journey through the Life of St. Gregory the Theologian” - is less than two weeks away. Click here for more details and reserve your spot!
We are reading St. Dorotheos of Gaza these days and recently came across a short and splendid commentary on St. Gregory’s Hymn for Easter. We liked it so much, in fact, that banquet attendees will receive a small booklet with the complete commentary.  Here’s a small sample:
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Feast Day of Jeremiah the Prophet
Anno Domini 2013, Wednesday, May 1
EIGHTH DAY SYMPOSIUM constantine, christendom & cultural renewal
We are pleased to announce our fourth annual Eighth Day Symposium on January 16-19, 2014 in Wichita, KS. Early registration is now open, so take advantage of a 20% discount by registering early! Due to limited seating, registration is limited to the first 250 registrants.
Provoked by the 1700th anniversary of the Edict of Milan (313 A.D.) and by Peter Leithart’s recent publication, Defending Constantine (2010), our next symposium will bravely tackle an extremely controversial theme. While the conversion of Constantine raises all kinds of questions, our mission at Eighth Day Institute will dictate the focus of this symposium: renewing culture through faith and learning. . . .
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Constantine the Great
272 - 337 A.D.
Abe Lincoln’s Thanksgiving Proclamation give thanks, repent & practice pure religion
In a letter dated September 28, 1863, 74-year-old Sarah Josepha Hale urged Abraham Lincoln to set a fixed date for a “Union Festival” of thanksgiving - something she had been advocating for fifteen years as the editor of the Lady’s Book magazine. President Lincoln responded by proclaiming the last Thursday of November as a national “day of Thanksgiving and Praise” (click here for a pdf version of the proclamation). Instead of dwelling on the difficulties and tragedies of our country’s civil war, Lincoln chose to focus on the many ways God continued to bless our country. His conclusion, however, enlarged his exhortation to thanksgiving in ways that we would do well to remember this Thanksgiving and Christmas season:Home_files/Lincoln%27s%20Thanksgiving%20Proclamation.pdfshapeimage_97_link_0
And I recommend to them that while offering up the ascriptions justly due to Him for such singular deliverances and blessings, they do also, with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience, commend to His tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strive in which we are unavoidably engaged, and fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty Hand to heal the wounds of the nation and to restore it as soon as may be consistent with the Divine purposes to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquility and Union.
So after we have gathered around our tables for turkey and thanks with family and friends tomorrow, let us resume our preparation for the Feast of the Nativity of our Lord and Savior with a season of fasting. May our fasting be characterized by Abe Lincoln’s admonition to be grateful with humble and penitent hearts. And may we heed his commendation to practice what James describes as pure and undefiled religion before God: “to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.”
Feast Day of Irenarchos and his Companion Martyrs at Sebaste
Anno Domini 2013, Thursday, Nov 28
Feast Day of St Symeon the New Theologian & Sunday of the Seventh Ecumenical Council
Anno Domini 2014, October 12
Publications & Symposium a word from the fathers, microsynaxis & 5th annual eighth day symposium
Our celebration of the Feast of the Dormition of the Virgin Mary (Assumption in the West) concluded with a reading of the most famous homily in all of Christian history on the Virgin Mary by St Proclus of Constantinople. Our third issue of A Word from the Fathers, which includes this sermon, is now available - either for purchase or as a perk of membership. Word_from_Fathers.htmlshapeimage_106_link_0
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Our second issue of Microsynaxis is on its way to the printer and will be available by early November. The focus this year is on The Communion of the Saints. Although it truly does function as our annual newsletter by including excerpts of teaching from our annual work, Microsynaxis is anything but a typical newsletter, particularly with its supplemental readings from the likes of Evelyn Waugh, St Ambrose, Gerard Manley Hopkins, G. K. Chesterton, St John of Damascus, C. S. Lewis, et al. Like A Word from the Fathers, Microsynaxis is also available for purchase or as a perk of membership.Micro-Synaxis_Subscription.htmlshapeimage_108_link_0
Early registration is now open for our fifth annual Eighth Day Symposium: “Whatever Happened to Wonder: The Recovery of Mystery in a Secular Age.” We are excited to have James K. A. Smith join us, along with Archbishop James Conley and Rod Dreher. And this year’s festal banquet will celebrate the life of St. Athanasius the Great. Register before Dec. 31 and save 20% on registration. Eighth Day Patrons receive an additional 20% off.15_Register.htmlshapeimage_109_link_0
Feast Day of Paramonus, Philumenus, and their 370 Companion Martyrs in Bithynia
Anno Domini 2014, November 29 
The Incarnate Mystery remaining faithful and bearing witness in a world 
of flight
The theme for our fifth annual symposium - “Whatever Happened to Wonder? The Recovery of Mystery in a Secular Age” - is partly provoked by a book that has recently been described as the “academic event of the decade.” The opening line to Charles Taylor’s 900-page behemoth tome, A Secular Age, poses the key question: “What does it mean to say that we live in a secular age?”
Taylor argues that the shift to a secular age consists in “a move from a society where belief in God is unchallenged and indeed, unproblematic, to one in which it is understood to be one option among others, and frequently, not the easiest to embrace.” Taylor thus sets out to tell the story of a change “which takes us from a society in which it was virtually impossible not to believe in God, to one in which faith, even for the staunchest believer, is one human possibility among others.”
Taylor’s description of this shift was more eloquently described over seven decades ago in a book titled The Flight from God. After acknowledging that “every age has been in flight from God,” Swiss philosopher Max Picard contends that today’s “Flight” is unique to the flight of every other age:
Once faith was the universal, and prior to the individual; there was an objective world of Faith, while the Flight was only accomplished subjectively, within the individual man. It came into being through the individual man’s separating himself from the world of Faith by an act of decision. A man who wanted to flee had first to make his own flight. The opposite is true today.... One does not easily notice that one is being rolled along within the Flight.... There is more flight than can be fled. Men cannot use up in full measure the whole of the Flight, the everlasting Flight.... The whole world belongs to it.
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                        Feast Day of Habakkuk the Prophet
                      Anno Domini 2014, December 2
                      End-of-the-year Letter renewing culture in a secular age 
                                You live in a secular age. You live in an era that explicitly contests and even detests 
                           Christianity. You are constantly bombarded by sights and sounds that seek to under-
                                      mine your faith. This is the culture Eighth Day Institute (“EDI”) seeks to renew. But our work depends on your financial generosity.
We recently released our second issue of Microsynaxis, which is purported to be a newsletter for Eighth Day Members. But it is so much more than a standard newsletter. Nearly 100-pages long, it is filled with transcriptions of our work, book reviews from Eighth Day Books, and excerpts from classic works of literature, theology and spirituality. But since it really is our newsletter, each issue opens with a letter from an EDI board member. Here’s a sample from Tom Rhein:
        I’ve spent a great deal of time lately reflecting on what it is about Eighth Day Institute that has made it such a 
        singularly important part of my life. Against the backdrop of our pluralist anti-culture, which hopes for (demands!) 
        nothing more than “tolerance,” Eighth Day Institute proposes and embodies a compellingly authentic vision of a 
        Church united - East and West, Orthodox, Catholic and Protestant. What makes this vision so compelling to me 
        is that it neither glosses over nor revels in the scandal of a divided Church. What makes the vision authentic is that
        it is rooted in a concrete foundation - the Nicene Creed. EDI events are evangelical in that one cannot walk away 
        without a renewed sense that this Christian life is something eminently beautiful; something essentially vital; 
        something worth sharing with everyone. There is an overarching sense of holiness; one that I believe impacts everyone 
        who comes into contact with it and enables them to become just a little bit holier themselves.
We hope and pray Tom is right, that all of our work contributes to a united Church and makes you a little bit holier. For, when our secular age sees Catholics, Orthodox and Protestants standing together, and when they see holy lives reflecting the light and love and beauty of Christ, they just might join us. And that’s cultural renewal.
Will you help sustain our efforts to renew culture through faith and learning? Please take a moment right not to make an end-of-the-year donation. Help us reach our goal of 100 Eighth Day Members and become a member now. Your support means so much to me!
In Christ,
Erin Doom, Executive Director
P.S. Become an Eighth Day Member at the “Friend” level or above and, along with the standard perks, receive a 50% discount on registration for our fifth annual Eighth Day Symposium on Jan 15-17: “Whatever Happened to Wonder? The Recovery of Mystery in a Secular Age.”
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                        Feast Day of Daniel the Stylite of Constantinople
                      Anno Domini 2014, December 11
                        End-of-the-year Membership Drive 
                 help us reach our goal of 100 Eighth Day Members 
                                We just reached the half-way mark of our goal for 100 Eighth 
                            Day Members. To the 50 Eighth Day Members supporting our work, thank you so much! Your partnership means more to us than you can imagine! You have enabled us to continue our work of renewing culture.
You are helping us expand our publishing endeavors in 2015. In addition to inaugurating the publications of our annual Eighth Day Symposium (our fourth annual symposium on “Constantine, Christendom & Cultural Renewal” will be available at the fifth annual symposium!), we will begin issuing A Word from the Fathers quarterly, we will finally get around to publishing the second volume of Synaxis, and we will continue publishing Microsynaxis as our grandiose newsletter.
You are also enabling us to begin work on the original impulse for Eighth Day Institute: the Catechetical Academy. We have formed a planning committee and are taking the first steps to make this vision a reality. We’ll keep you posted as we progress.
And you are helping us create a new website. It will feature regular blog posts from a team of Eighth Day writers. It will also have a special area for Eighth Day Members to access audio and video files from our past work (we’ve been recording most all of our lectures from Hall of Men, Eighth Day Symposium, Feasts, Table Talks, and other Lecture series).
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In addition to all of our normal perks for Eighth Day Membership, we have added a 50% discount off Eighth Day Symposium registration for all members at the “Friend”  level or above; Eighth Day Benefactors can attend for free! We have also added two new levels for residents of the Wichita area: “Ladder Patrons” can have limited access to The Ladder and “Ladder Benefactors” will have unlimited access (depending on scheduling).
If you are not an Eighth Day Member, will you please consider joining our community as we endeavor to create a Christian culture in a secular age? We only need 50 more members. Help us reach our goal of 100 Eighth Day Members by the end of this year by joining now. membership.html15_Register.htmlthe_Ladder.html
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Feast Day of Sebastian the Martyr & His Companions
Anno Domini 2014, December 18 
From Medieval Unthinkable Atheism to Modern Unbelievable Theism  subtraction, addition & the (not so) great indoors

If we accept the proposition that we do in fact live in a secular age (defined by Charles Taylor in an earlier post), then the inevitable question becomes: how did this happen? This is precisely Taylor’s concern in A Secular Age: how did we get from atheism being unthinkable in 1500 to theism being unbelievable in 2000? 

The standard answer is, in Taylor’s terminology, a narrative of subtraction. Stemming most notably from the German sociologist Max Weber, the typical story of secularization says science and reason vanquished religion. In his famous lecture “Science as a Vocation,” Weber explains the practical significance of increasing intellectualization and rationalization, which is the fruit of science and technology. He argues that 
there are no mysterious incalculable forces that come into play, but rather that one can, in principle, master all things by calculation. This means that the world is disenchanted. One need no longer have recourse to magical means in order to master or implore the spirits, as did the savage, for whom such mysterious powers existed. This above all is what intellectualization means. 

While Max Weber’s thesis that science and reason lead to disenchantment is not altogether incorrect, Taylor argues that it is only part of the story. According to Taylor, the advent of a secular age is not simply a loss or a subtraction. There is an addition ...
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We’ve gone from 22 members in November to 87 today. Will you please be one of the 13 we need to help us reach our goal?
                             Eve of the Nativity According to the Flesh of Our Lord & Savior & God Jesus Christ                           
                              Anno Domini 2014, December 24 
                                    A Meditation on the Incarnation  
                                    by St. Ephraim the Syrian
                                We confess one and the same individual as perfect God and perfect Man.
He is God the Word Which was flesh.
For if He was not flesh, why was Mary chosen?
And if He is not God, whom does Gabriel call Lord?
If He was not flesh, who was laid in a manger?
And if He is not God, whom did the angels who came down from heaven glorify?
If He was not flesh, who was wrapped in swaddling clothes?
And if He is not God, in whose honor did the star appear?
If He was not flesh, whom did Simeon hold in his arms?
And if He is not God, to whom did Simeon say: Lord, now lettest Thou Thy servant depart in peace?
If He was not flesh, whom did Joseph take when he fled into Egypt?
And if He is not God, who fulfilled the prophecy: Out of Egypt have I called my Son?
If He was not flesh, whom did John baptize?
And if He is not God, to whom did the Father say:  This is my beloved Son, in Whom I am well pleased?
If He was not flesh, who hungered in the desert?
And if He is not God, unto whom did the angels come and minister?
If He was not flesh, who was invited to the marriage in Cana of Galilee?
And if He is not God, who turned the water into wine?
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                                  Feast Day of Melania the Younger, Nun of Rome
                                 Anno Domini 2012, Thursday, December 31
                     a florilegium on our work of cultural renewal in 2013-2014
                            In 2012, we published our first issue of Microsynaxis. We call it our annual 
                                      newsletter because it includes excerpts from our work throughout the previous
                                      year (those excerpts are then supplemented by short passages from timeless 
                                      pieces). As you can see, if you look at the table of contents (along with a couple
                                      other previews) here, it is unlike any other newsletter you’ve ever seen. 

For many years now, I take the week after Christmas to reflect on the past year by recording the most memorable moments of the year. It offers me a way to see how God has worked in my life and to be grateful for all He has done. 

At the end of 2012, I used that first issue of Microsynaxis to adapt this personal tradition for Eighth Day Institute. I created a florilegium to record the most memorable quotes from our work. You can find an explanation of a florilegium, along with that first one, here.

I here offer our second florilegium: twenty quotes gleaned from our second issue of Microsynaxis for the ecclesial year of 2013-2014. I hope they encourage you to reflect the glory of Christ to our secular age in the coming year of our Lord, 2015:

1. To me, EDI is a foretaste of our final and perfect Home, where the Church really becomes “one,” yet where each experiences fully what it means to be “true to oneself.” –Tom Rhein, “Home, Hope & the Holy: A Letter from an EDI Board Member”,%20Contents,%20Letter%20%26%20Foreword_1.pdfB14_2012_florilegium.htmlshapeimage_134_link_0shapeimage_134_link_1shapeimage_134_link_2shapeimage_134_link_3
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Feast of the Theophany of Our Lord and  Savior Jesus Christ
Anno Domini 2015, January 6 
The Not So Great Indoors  loss of wonder, destroyed dependency, and incomprehensible scripture

                                                          When the mind contemplates these things [heaven and earth], it marvels and 
                                                          is filled with wonder and rejoices with inexpressible gladness for having such a 
                                                          God  and Lord who created with such ease, such beautiful and wise and great 
                                                          and  marvelous creatures. So we are moved to say with David: “I praise Thee, 
                                                          for Thou art beautiful and wonderful. Wonderful are Thy works.” (Psalm 
                                                                                                                – Nicodemus of the Holy Mountain

                                                          Where did almost all of the major moments in the life of Jesus take place? Where was he baptized? Where was he tempted for forty days? Where did he go to pray early in the morning? Where did he preach the Sermon on the Mount and teach the Lord’s Prayer? Where was he transfigured and crucified? Where did he rise from the dead and ascend into heaven? That’s right: all of them took place outside.

Where do we spend most of our lives? Where do we sleep, wake, bathe, eat, travel, work, play, worship, and pray? The answer is obvious. It’s the very opposite from the life of Christ. Most of our lives in the twenty-first century are spent inside. This is not without consequence.
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                                  Feast of the Presentation of Our Lord and Savior in the Temple
                                 Anno Domini 2015, February 2
           A Dialogue of Love on Wonder & Mystery 
                 in a Secular Age a brief report on the fifth annual 
                       eighth day symposium by Erin Doom
                           Two weeks out and buzz from our fifth annual Eighth Day Symposium is 
                                  still in the air, both locally and nationally. Check out, for instance, Rod 
                                  Dreher’s raving review of Eighth Day Books at the American Conservative. Or, read this review of the symposium at the Front Porch Republic by Russell Fox, Professor of Political Science at Friends University. 

Over the course of the weekend, we had over 350 participants from 15 different states. Wichita’s Northfield School of the Liberal Arts brought 56 of their middle- and high-school students. The Academy of Classical Christian Studies, which serves 465 students on three campuses in Oklahoma City, brought their faculty for a weekend retreat. Jacob Goodson, Professor of Philosophy at Southwestern College, assigned the symposium as homework for one of his courses. And if that’s not impressive enough, we had a 90-year old Presbyterian fly in from Wyoming!
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A Directed Reading of Dante’s Divine Comedy
Feb 16        The Journey Begins: Poetics & the Via Affirmativa
Feb 23      Descent into Hell: The Cure for Puritanical Hedonism
Mar 2       Purgatory: Theosis as the Purpose of the Christian Life
Mar 9        Paradiso: The Orthodoxy of Dante      
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