Hello. My name is Peter Gilbert. This blog is largely an attempt to get some writing done on a book on which I am working, a translation of some of the treatises of John Bekkos, who was Patriarch of Constantinople during the years of the Union of Lyons (1275-1282). Because I agree with many of Bekkos’s views, and because he is not now in a position to write in his own defense, I am attempting to do some of that work on his behalf, by allowing him to speak English.
As for myself, I am 51 years old, single, with degrees from St. John’s College (Annapolis), from Oxford University, and from the Catholic University of America. I taught theology, patristics, and Old Testament for three years at an Orthodox seminary (the Akademi Teologjike-Hieratike «Ngjallja e Krishtit») in Durrës, Albania, and for seven years I taught at St. John’s College, Santa Fe, NM, which has a great books, interdisciplinary curriculum. In 2001 I published a book of translations of poems by St. Gregory of Nazianzus: it is titled On God and Man, and published by St. Vladimir’s Press. During the fall of 2010, I taught World Religions at Seton Hall University in South Orange, New Jersey. Currently, I am teaching an on-line course in Eastern Christian Studies through the Distance Learning Program of the Ukrainian Catholic University’s Ecumenical Institute, and working part-time at a bookstore. I live in New Jersey.
Some of the above information is now dated. I now live, not in New Jersey, but near Cleveland, Ohio; I work as a teacher at the Lyceum School; and I am now 52 years old. I also am posting to this blog pretty infrequently these days, due to the workload at the school. But I still hope to get my translations of Bekkos published one of these days.
(First posted: 1.ix.07. Latest revision: 14.xii.11)