Author: CJS Hayward
Genre: Creative non-fiction / many genres / religion and spirituality / Eastern Orthodox
The Best of Jonathan’s Corner, newly expanded after getting five star reviews, is a collection of varied works of Eastern Orthodox mystical theology. It spans many topics and many different genres of writing, but it keeps coming back to the biggest questions of all. It is inexhaustible: the works are independent, and you can read a few, many, or all of them to suit your taste. Fans of CS Lewis and GK Chesterton will love it.
I wanted to read The Best of Jonathan’s Corner mainly because I’ve always been intrigued by mystical theology, yet I know little about it. I especially enjoyed the pieces talking about economy, like “Money”, since even for a non-Eastern Orthodox person, o who has not been raised in such a tradition, valid points are raised in these pieces. What I liked as well is that one does not have to read all articles – it’s perfectly acceptable to skip one, or to move on to those articles of interest.
My favorite pieces of the collection were those dealing with religion vs. science, as I find that discussion intriguing, and the other makes some solid arguments.