Tag Archives: Epictetus

If the World Stinks, It’s Not God’s Fault

This week we pass 13,000 pages in the Great Books Project. And I don’t care who you are; you have to admit that a program where you read Dante, Freud, and Plato all in the same week is at least … Continue reading

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It Only Counts If Others Are Watching

This week we are closing in on 13,000 pages of total reading in the Great Books Project. Simply typing that makes me tired. Here are the readings for the coming week: The Divine Comedy: Purgatorio by Dante Alighieri, Cantos I-XVI … Continue reading

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Midway in the Journey of Our Life I Found Myself in a Dark Wood

Have you noticed that reading the Great Books inevitably affects other areas of your life?For example, the most pressing question I’m dealing with after beginning Dante last week is whether this thing deserves my attention. (OK, actually that’s not the … Continue reading

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Being an Emperor’s Heir is a Dangerous Job

While I wasn’t paying attention last week, we passed the 3,000-page mark in the Man and Society category of the Great Books Project. We should hit 13,000 pages overall in the next few weeks. Here are the readings for the … Continue reading

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He Who Destroys a Good Book, Kills Reason Itself

It feels like we’re starting a new chapter in the Great Books Project. After all, I’ve had to set three new hyperlinks for this week’s reading list! What’s more, this is the last week of Ptolemy. Here are the readings … Continue reading

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Bohemians Who Want to Be Philistines

Ever since beginning this Great Books Project, I’ve known that some of you out there have been itching to read about crazy Roman emperors. We’re going to start reading Tacitus this week, so your wait is over. Here are the … Continue reading

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Interview: Why Christians Should Read the Great Books

A recent post here resulted in an invitation to appear on the Research on Religion podcast. Host Tony Gill was intrigued by my applying lessons from Plato to dining at Applebee’s in the 21st century. We recorded the interview last … Continue reading

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All the World’s a Stage

Three Great Books Monday posts in a row . . . what is the world coming to? If you have never read Henry James before, you’re in for a treat this week. Here are the readings for the coming week: … Continue reading

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Rationality Is Talking to a Horse

I’m not ashamed to admit it: there are some weeks when I’d rather just not read anything at all. There has been at least one sick person in my house every day since last Tuesday, and I’ve had to spend … Continue reading

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Back to Great Books Monday!

We hit 2,500 pages of Science and Mathematics this week in the Great Books Project. Just thinking of it makes me mentally tired. Here are the readings for the coming week: Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift, Part IV (GBWW Vol. … Continue reading

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