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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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Workers of the World, Unite

Of the five central epics of Western civilization, we have now finished three with the completion of the Aeneid last week. Fortunately, Euripides isn’t too much of a step down from Virgil, so our standards are still high this week. … Continue reading

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Let Us Now Praise Famous Men

We broke the 7,000-page mark last week in our Great Books project, in case you were curious about that sound akin to shattering glass. Here are the readings for the upcoming week: The Aeneid of Virgil, Book XII (GBWW Vol. … Continue reading

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Every Action Aims at Some Good

In our Great Books project, we read only works that have had a significant influence on our culture, but right now, I can’t help but have a heightened sense of the weightiness of what we’re doing. We are in the … Continue reading

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Is This a Dagger I See Before Me?

For the next few weeks in our Great Books reading project, we’ll reading Aristotle, Virgil, and St. Augustine all at the same time. Please try to contains yourself! Here are the readings for the upcoming week: The Aeneid of Virgil, … Continue reading

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French-Speaking Philistines and Good Demons

We are knocking down major works left, right, and center in this Great Books reading project. Last week we dispensed with John Dewey, and this week we’ll take on “the Scottish play.” Here are the readings for the upcoming week: … Continue reading

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Reading the Great Books: Another Volume Down

Yes, you read that correctly. With the completion of Thucydides’s History of the Peloponnesian War last week, we have now finished in their entirety two—count them, two!—volumes of the Great Books of the Western World series. It might not seem … Continue reading

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When Athenians Attack!

I’m logging in a day late with this weekly Great Books post; I hope you’ll forgive my tardiness. We’re halfway through the Aeneid and are nearing the completion of a couple of other longer works. I’m enjoying all these works … Continue reading

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Funeral Games and Giant Aliens

Another Monday means another report on the Great Books. We’re still plugging along and on pace to finish in 2017. This week we will cross the 6,500-page mark in the program. Here are the readings for the upcoming week: The … Continue reading

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Spartans Actually Do Surrender Sometimes

Having just come off a weekend where I had the satisfying experience of seeing a live stream of Wagner’s Götterdämmerung from the Met, I feel like I ought to start an opera (or at least a classical music) project. Maybe … Continue reading

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