Thursday, May 24, 2007

Blogs That Make Me Think

I've been tagged. Julio Gurrea of Hispania Sancta asked me to post the five blogs that make me think. (If he'd e-mailed me, I might have known I was tagged earlier.) :) The instructions are:
1. If, and only if, you get tagged, write a post with links to 5 blogs that make you think;
2. Link to this post so that people can easily find the exact origin of the meme;
3. Optional: Proudly display the 'Thinking Blogger Award' with a link to the post that you wrote (here is an alternative silver version if gold doesn't fit your blog).
I enjoy reading a wide variety of online religious writers, and I take something away from each of them. However, the five blogs that most frequently make me examine or ruminate upon something deeper would be (in no particular order):

1. The Ochlophobist. Always insightful, he gets away with making longish posts, because each new sentence enlightens rather than grates. His recent, thoughtful exploration of contraception was a welcome change from the usual bloviation and angry condemnation that plagues the topic.
2. Qatl Qitl Qutl. Eric Jobe is a genuine scholar, and his linguistic insights help me see things from a new perspective. It's a snobbish retort to say, "Unless you understand the original languages, you can never fully understand the Bible"; Eric Jobe has never made it -- but he proves if you do know the original languages, that knowledge can add new depths to your faith.
3. Ad Orientem. Ad Orientem has the ability to make me think on every issue: politics, social events, church news, and theology. The blog defly traverses these, which would bog down any other commentator, with a skill and felicity rare on any specialized blog. If it weren't a sin, I'd be jealous. :)
4. Hispania Sancta. I'm not just saying this because he tagged me. :) Julio's rare posts help us focus on what's truly important: are we passion-filled hypocrites, expounding on high doctrine which indulging in low-living? His resources on purity and the deformities visited upon us by narcissism are most impressive.
5. Conversi ad Dominum. Fr. John W. Fenton of Holy Incarnation Church in Detroit (AWRV) renders his readers a valuable service in posting his sermons online, something every Orthodox priest consider doing. Moreover, his scholarship and knowledge of St. Maximos the Confessor (among many others) gives his regular posts a depth lacking in others. There is always much to contemplate.

Honorable Mentions: Ari Adams' two blogs (he just isn't posting as much anymore; real life taking him away from his readers), Orthodox Tidings, Glory to God for All Things, and Energetic Procession. Occidentalis (Subdn. Benjamin Andersen) and Fr. Matthew Thurman's blog used to rank high in the pecking order. RIV(irtual)P.

Tagging: Eric Jobe, Eric John, and Ari Adams.

Finally, I'll tag
you: I'm always looking for a good read. What should I be reading? I'd genuinely appreciate your recommendations.

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Blogger Aristibule said...

well, that one surprises me - mostly because I don't read many blogs anymore. I do surf over here regularly, and to:

1. Sarisburium

2. I'm also a Semiticist - so, Qitl Qatl Qutl (Eric Jobe's blog) as well when I have the time.

3. - Flow of Consciousness ( he mistakenly had me as graduated in a recent post - I should have been, but not yet, still just a student!) I'm most often on the same page as Justin, my older brother in the Faith and fellow Oklahoman.

Two new mentions I'm keeping an eye on as for how they might develop:

4. - nostalgic, as it reminds me of 7 years ago, and more folk to rejoice with!


Other than that, I do also read Ochlophobist when I have extra time, and look for Julio Gurrea's blog to update. Then there is the new OrthodoxChristianWest blog , and a few others I occassion.

11:36 PM  

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