Where is my cane? Today is my 25th birthday. I imagine I’ll spend the day under a blanket, eating soup, watching Matlock and yelling at kids on my lawn.
I bought myself a couple of birthday gifts last night. They are:
Yves Congar, O.P.,The Meaning of Tradition. Congar’s books are genius. I read his larger “Tradition and Traditions” and loved it, so I’m looking forward to this smaller work.
J. Patout Burns’, Theological Anthropology (Sources of Early Christian Thought) . I was introduced to Burns’ work through his essay in In Dominico Eloquio: In Lordly Eloquence: Essays on Patristic Exegesis in Honor of Robert Louis Wilken. I don’t own any books in this series, so I wanted to see if they’re worth it.
William A. Jurgens, Faith of the Fathers (Three Volume Set) . Though the set doesn’t cost a ton of money, I’ve put off buying it and figured this would be a fine occassion to indulge myself. However, I’ve been working for Americorps for the last year and if I complete 901 hours of community service (something I’m very close to doing) I get an educational stipend that I believe I can use towards books. If I can, I’m going to buy the entire Ancient Christian Writers series!
After I wrote this post my girlfriend gave me one of my gifts: Warren H. Carroll’s, The Cleaving of Christendom (A History of Christendom, Vol 4). The text weighs in at around 744 pages, so I’ll be reading this one for awhile. I already own Vol 1 and she bought me Vol 2 last year, both of which I thoroughly enjoyed. I skipped Vol 3 to cut straight to the Reformation.