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WHY BOTHER with BOOKS?
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We are pleased to announce that the inaugural issue of SYNAXIS has been published.  For our first year we plan to publish two issues, winter and summer.  By 2013, we will shift to three issues a year (winter issue in January, summer issue in May, and Fall issue in September).  
CLICK HERE for the Table of Contents of the first issue.
Here’s a slightly expanded version of a blurb from the Eighth Day Books catalog:
                      by Synaxis n. a periodical gathering
Published by our friends at Eighth Day Institute, this new journal is intentionally bookish.  The “Foreword,” offered in lieu of an editorial statement and bookended with an “Afterword,” makes this explicit:  “Each issue is intended to look, feel and function like a book.  In fact, the structure and contents have been mindfully crafted to offer a tool for book groups.”  It goes on to explain its canon for gathering material by citing our own criteria for selecting catalog books:  “We hope there is a coherence within this eccentric community of books, an organizing principle of selection: if a book sheds light on ultimate questions in an excellent way, then it’s a worthy candi-Synaxis_1_1_Table_of_Contents.htmlshapeimage_10_link_0
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WHAT is a BOOK?
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supplemental piece.  You’ll encounter noted poets such as Emily Dickinson, Pablo Neruda, Czeslaw Milosz, and Scott Cairns.  You’ll find new and old articles penned by the likes of Dale Allison, Professor of New Testament Exegesis and Early Christianity at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary (“The Fate of the Book”), David Fagerberg, Professor of Theology at the University of Notre Dame and Director of the Notre Dame Center for Liturgy (“On Theologians and Theological Books”), Eva Brann, Tutor and former Dean at the St. John’s College Annapolis (“What is a Book?”), Barry Moser, renowned printmaker and proprietor of the Pennyroyal Press (“The Whole Book”), Wendell Berry, famed farmer and author (“Feminism, the Body, and the Machine”), and Warren Farha, proprietor of Eighth Day Books (“Why Bother with Books?”).  The supplemental pieces will draw you into the “great conversation” with timeless authors like C.S. Lewis, Plato, St. Macarius the Great, Eric Gill, Neil Postman, and Dorothy Sayers.

This “book” is indeed an eccentric but coherent community of literary jewels and is certain to create a lively dialogue for book groups seeking to encounter the One who is Truth Himself.  For, as we’ve asserted in earlier catalogs, “Reality doesn’t divide itself into ‘religious’ and ‘literary’ and ‘secular’ spheres . . . all truths are related, and every truth, if we pay attention rightly, directs our gaze toward God.”
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date for inclusion.  Our desire is to provide a coherence of literature – be it history, theology, poetry, fiction, or cultural  affairs – that explores those things that are beautiful, good, and true.” 

Exploring the enduring relevance of physical books for a growing market of Kindle converts, this inaugural issue (or shall we call it a “first edition?”) is divided into eight triplets, labeled as “chapters” in the “table of contents.”  Each chapter includes a poem, a primary article, and a
Emily Dickinson ¶ Erasmo Leiva Merikakis ¶ Joshua Sturgill
Czeslaw Milosz  ¶ Plato ¶  Warren Farha
PEDDLING the GREAT BOOKS
the FATE of the BOOK
childrens’ BOOKS & 
               orthodox SPIRITUALITY
and the PIXEL BECAME FLESH
Albert Goldbarth ¶  Beatrice Warde  ¶  Eva Brann
Pablo Neruda¶ Christopher Morley ¶  Bob Elder
Czeslaw Milosz ¶ C.S. Lewis ¶ Dale C. Allison Jr.
Stephen Mitchell  ¶  Aidan Kavanagh  ¶  David Fagerberg
Scott Cairns  ¶  Neil Postman  ¶  Gregory Wolfe
Wendell Berry  ¶  Erin Doom  ¶  St. Macarius
Beatrice Warde  ¶  Barry Moser  ¶  Eric Gill
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