Monday, November 03, 2008

Some days ago I received a very interesting book from Dr. Ioannis V. Menounos from Greece. The book is When Paul met Socrates - A discussion involving a number of people in Athens in 52A.D. (Alexander Press, Montreal, 2008). It is a 70-page book based on the Socratic dialogue where Menounos imagines Saint Paul meeting Socrates (two men who lived more than four centuries apart) in the present day. It is a spiritual encounter. I read it all at once as the style is flowing and the arguments treated are clear although deep. I have to read the book a second time as I want to reflect more on the situation created by the author.
Ioannis V. Menounos was born in Athens, Greece, where he graduated from the Philological School of the University of Athens with specialization in Neo-Hellenic Studies. He worked for 25 years as a teacher and principal of public high schools, obtaining his Ph.D. in 1980 for his work on the life and teachings of St. Cosmas the Aitolian. Author of 25 books, his writings include a synoptic history of the Greek nation, many monographs on St. Cosmas, novels, treatises and short stories. He was the editor of the newspaper "Dimosiographiki" for 21 years.