All that mankind has done, thought, gained, or been: it is lying as in magic preservation in the pages of books.
~ Thomas CarlylePublish
Reading for experience is the only reading that justifies excitement. Reading for facts is necessary but the less said about it in public the better. Reading for distraction is like taking medicine. We do it, but it is nothing to be proud of. But reading for experience is transforming.
~ Henry Seidel Canby
A classic is a book that has never finished saying what it has to say.
~ Italo Calvino
The oldest books are still only just out to those who have not read them.
~ Samuel Butler
To read without reflecting is like eating without digesting.
~ Edmund Burke
The possession of a book becomes a substitute for reading it.
~ Anthony Burgess
Doug Groothius has posted twelve hints for how to get the most out of your reading. You can check them out HERE.
If you are in the process of deciding what college you will attend, you must give serious consideration to The College at Southwestern. I am probably The College’s biggest fan.
Check out some of the texts being used in the Life and Thought seminars.
Early Western Civilization
Church and Empires Seminar
World Religions Seminar
Buddhism – The Teachings of the Compassionate Buddha
Confucianism – The Analects of Confucius
Hinduism – The Bhagavad Gita
Islam – The Meaning of the Holy Qur’an
Judaism – The Talmud
Renaissance and Reformation Seminar
Aquinas – Summa Theologiae
John Calvin – Institutes of the Christian Religion
Copernicus – On the Revolutions of Heavenly Spheres
Luther/Erasmus – Captivation of the Will
Hubmaier – On the Christian Baptism of Believers
Habmaier – Catechism
Niccolo Machiavelli – The Prince
William Shakespeare – Hamlet
C.S. Lewis – The Discarded Image: An Introduction to Medieval and Renaissance Literature
Enlightenment and Romantic Seminar
John Bunyan – Pilgrim’s Progress
Rene Descartes – Discourse on Method
John Locke – Two Treatises on Gov’t
Blaise Pascal – Pensees
Jean Rousseau – Emile
John Wesley – Selected Works
Jonathan Edwards – Religious Affections
The 19th Century Seminar
Charles Darwin – On The Origin of Species
Fyodor Dostoevsky – The Brothers Karamazov
Charles Finney – Lectures on Revivals of Religion
Karl Marx – The Communist Manifesto
Friedrich Nietzsche – Beyond Good and Evil
Charles Spurgeon – Lectures to My Students
Alexis de Tocqueville – Democracy in America
Declaration of Independence
The Early 20th Century Seminar
G. K. Chesterton – Orthodoxy
Joseph Conrad – Heart of Darkness
John Dewey – Experience and Education
T. S. Eliot – The Waste Land
Sigmund Freud – Civilization and Its Discontents
William James – Pragmatism
Bertrand Russell – Why I am Not a Christian
Churchill’s – Second World War
The Late 20th Century Seminar
Karl Barth – The Word of God and the Word of Man
C.S. Lewis – Mere Christianity
Aldous Huxley – Brave New World
H. Richard Niebuhr – Christ and Culture
Vatican II Texts
J. F. Lyotard – Selected Works
Peter Kreeft – Between Heaven and Hell