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If you read just one book from this site, The Best of Jonathan's Corner is a head taller than the others. It contains all of the best works of theology from Jonathan's Corner, and there's a lot to dig through—but only if you want. If not, feel free to enjoy and read as little or as much as you like.
This book is the author's favorite title out of all the books sold from this site.
Timeless Orthodox theology that speaks to our day. This is a volume of 12 hand-picked works of theology, that cover territory and invite the reader to look up and see God.
Mammon, as it is challenged in the Sermon on the Mount, represents such wealth and possessions as one could have two thousand years ago. But it is merely beer as contrasted to the eighty proof whiskey that our day has concocted. The Sermon on the Mount aims to put us in the driver's seat and not what you could possess in ancient times, and if the Sermon on the Mount says something about metaphorical beer, perhaps there are implications for an age where something more like eighty proof whiskey is all around us.
Hayward has been permitted to give homilies, and homilies more than anything else call for communicating with crystalline simplicity without compromising the topic being preached.
Religion and science is one area where there is much to unlearn for us. These works treat religion and science in connection to another pairing, that between technology and faith. And they try to uproot part of our whole conceptualization of "religion and science" today.
This is a collection of works penned by C.J.S. Hayward, mostly in Elizabethan English. It contains poems and prayers.
There is something poetic about theology, and in this work you can find invitations to stand in awe at the glory of God.
This is an encyclopaedic collection of Orthodox theology, in theological prose.
This is a collection of some of the most creative works C.J.S. Hayward has ever written. Theological writing can be very versatile, and this collection shows how.
C.J.S. Hayward's website is dense in reference to Biblical quotations and references, in particular as regards the Sermon on the Mount.
But these two works in particular speak of approach to the Bible.
Theology is prayer, and this is a collection of works intended to be prayed.
Mystical theology is practical theology; it is not something you speak but something you live, and out of which you know.
Here is a book of invitations to mystical theology.
A collection of works of theology that is at once whimsical and substantial. There is much here to browse.
Collections of short insight, in concise "chapters" (comparable in length to perhaps a paragraph of modern English prose), that provide glimpses into a topic from many angles.
Suffering is not meaningless. It has a place, and an important one, in the work of the Holy Spirit. The saints' lives show saints who suffer more, not less, than less holy figures. This is an examination of suffering and interrelated topics from the true meaning of suffering in the life of faith.
C.J.S. Hayward is a poet and this work gathers together his poetry, including a great many of his favorite works.
Poetry lovers are in for a treat.
Real Orthodox unity digs deeper than ecumenism can ever reach.
Orthodoxy does not approach the question of unity by saying, "Hold hands and sing Kum By Yah" from wherever you stand. It pursues a unity that is much deeper than that, and a great many Orthodox classics are both theology and apologetics, or both theology and polemics: this work follows suit.
"Go for the wallflower doctrines," one theologian said, telling of his mother's advice about dance. The most interesting acquaintances are not with the dashing young woman in the middle of the dance floor, but the wallflowers.
There are a lot of more valuable things to do than nail the details of how life as we know it came to exist. However, as a concession almost, a response is given to basic origins questions, which do not merit the same attention as wallflowers. This book takes a "middle of the dance floor" debate, and then tries to direct the reader's attention to truly interesting wallflowers.
There are many devout Orthodox who at least respect Fr. Seraphim, but when one hears boldly spoken words about "Blessed Seraphim Rose," it tends to taste like Kool-Aid.
I was told that the Orthodox contraception is that it is permitted, provided you follow a few basic rules.
That is false, and this looks at contraception both from a mystical theology perspective and from a very unpleasant find in a journal of ecumenical something or other.
Being created male and female is right next to being created in the image of God in Genesis, and in life. A lot of attempts have been made to have something other than this gift; this speaks to what is unsaid about the gift of being male or female.
This collection is not unlike Knights and Ladies, but asks a terrifying question: what would it be like to be pure minds, without the ascesis of living as men and women? This serves as a backdrop against which "He created them male and female" can be seen against its full and proper stature.
Christos Jonathan Seth Hayward wears many hats as a person: author, philosopher, theologian, artist, poet, wayfarer, philologist, inventor, web guru, teacher.
Some have asked, "If a much lesser C.S. Lewis were Orthodox, what would he be like?" And the answer may well be, "C.J.S. Hayward."
Hayward has lived in the U.S., Malaysia, England, and France, and holds master's degrees bridging math and computers (UIUC), and philosophy and theology (Cambridge).
For those of you who want know a little more, you are invited to read his memoirs.