Spreading Some Meme Love
February 3rd, 2008 by Sonja

Jemila just hit me in the latest game of tag. This one is particularly fun. Here are the “rules.”

Pick up the nearest book of 123 pages or more. No cheating!
Find Page 123.
Find the first 5 sentences.
Post the next 3 sentences.
Tag 5 people.

I can do this. However, most of my books are in the “other” room as I do most of my blogging/computing in the family room on my trusty laptop. My books are either on my bedside table, or on the bookshelf in the bedroom. But there was one peeking out at me here in the family room … so you were not treated to odd sentences from Drawing for Older Children & Teens (at the top of my current reading pile -in the school room- as I am prepping to teach LightGirl and a friend). And the book which peeked out at me?

Saints & Sinners In the Early Church: Differing and Conflicting Traditions in the First Six Centuries, by WHC Frend. I haven’t forgotten it, but it was in my bag to read on our ill-fated anniversary get away. I’m on a quest to learn more about Pelagius (or here or here or here) and this book was recommended by a trustworthy friend. Without further ado, here are the three sentences:

“He would be rewarded or condemned accordingly.

On the practical side, the Pelagian was a social reformer — in this he would contrast with the follower of the Western ascetics Jerome and Paulinus of Nola and with Augustine himself. Three quotations of a Pelagian Briton(?) living in Sicily: “

Here are my tags …

Peggy – the Virtual Abbess

Janet – Secret Women’s Business

Cathy – Sharing Information

Patrick – Dance of the Spirit

Maurice – the Sinister Minister

Jeremy – the New Light

6 Responses  
  • Patrick writes:
    February 3rd, 20081:23 pmat

    Mine is up.

    Sounds like an interesting book you’re reading. My impression of Pelagius was that he was greatly influenced by the Eastern Christians, but tried to adapt their conversations to the questions Western Christians, like Augustine, were asking. Making for all kinds of bad dialogue and misinterpretation. I see a lot of the same stuff going on with the current open theology movement.

    John Cassian, one of my favorite writers, has been called a semi-Pelagian, though not to his face. šŸ˜€

    His writings were eastern monastic thoughts placed within a Western monastic tradition, and that led to a developing monasticism which seems to not entirely match the ecclesial government of the church. My argument is that St. Patrick was influenced by Cassian, and that’s what helped sparked the unique Celtic monasticism that differed from the continental versions, but had a lot in common with the deserts of Egypt.

    Now that my rambling is done… back to my delightful closest book reading. :-)

  • jeremy bouma writes:
    February 3rd, 20085:12 pmat

    thanks for meme link sonja! mine will be up tomorrow…its a dooser :)


  • Peggy writes:
    February 4th, 200812:03 amat


    Mine will be on my site tomorrow…I am bringing it over from Bro. M.’s…I was hit by VikingFru too, and your instructions were a bit different from Bro. M’s…stay tuned–it is a very heavy book!

  • Adam G. writes:
    February 4th, 200810:21 amat

    I got tagged by Mike over at Simply a Night Owl. Mine came out a bit boring, but that’s what you get when Josephus is the first text that comes to hand.

  • novusā€¢lumen | living in the tension of an emerging faith in Jesus and postmodern America » Blog Archive » I’ve Been Memed! writes:
    February 4th, 20082:40 pmat

    […] fellow scriber, Sonja, has tagged me in a meme. Here’s how it works: Pick up the nearest book of 123 pages or more. No cheating! […]

  • Cathy writes:
    February 4th, 20087:19 pmat

    Wow, I’m in heady company. Mine is from a book I just finished by a favorite novelist. I hope he writes some another book soon. The particular sentences were very short.

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