Buy it now!

Eighth Day Books has reprinted of Fr Andrew Louth’s absolutely magnificent Discerning the Mystery: An Essay on the Nature of Theology which I’ve mentioned here several times before. It’s available there for the very low price of US $25. Thank you, Eighth Day Press! I’ll be buying several copies for friends.

Hopefully with this text being available at such a low price, it will be more widely read and discussed, as it deserves much more attention than it has received.

Many thanks to Papabear of Diligite Iustitiam for bringing this reprint to my attention via a link to one of my posts on the book. Isn’t this technology just amazing and so helpful? Glory to God!


  1. Sr Macrina, that’s a great idea! I’ll have to write to a couple of places and find out if they can manage that feat. That would be very good news, as well!

    So far as I know, the original publishers of the collected works did the work of copyright clearing and translating to produce the collection, so there might be some complications, with that publishing house now being defunct. That is, would that house or its current representatives be able to provide the release for the reprint, or would the original copyright holders, which are numerous, need to be involved, or both? Copyright law is such a mess these days. But so many of the translations from the collection are available online, there must be some way of arranging for the complete set to be reprinted. I’ll really look into it.

    The complete set of the collected works is fourteen rather small volumes (roughly 200 pp each with fairly large print and wide margins), and these could easily be reprinted in inexpensive paperbacks, or very effectively combined into fewer hardback editions, perhaps a three or four volume omnibus of large volumes. That would be a real delight, and of great benefit to many souls!

    Phil, hopefully the book will be available for more than three months! You’ll certainly enjoy it when you have time to get to it. I haven’t read any other book on the subject intersection of faith, philosophy and modern life that is even remotely as stimulating, thought-provoking and even, to a certain degree, joy-inducing and life-changing. For those of us whose bent is unfortunately more toward head than heart (Lord have mercy!), it is a breath of fresh air. Nearly every page contains something requiring extended pondering which inspires. I’m sure you’ll enjoy it, too. Sr Macrina and I are certainly diehard fans of it!

  2. I made the decision after reading this book that it is the best book that encapsulates the philosophical and theological reasons as to why I became Orthodox. The best books to me are the ones that put into clear words what I had intuitions of, but lack precise form.

    Gotta love Eighth Day Books!

  3. You’re very welcome! I hope they will still have enough copies left by the time I scrape enough money to purchase one!

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