Reading with the Saints
Read and discuss some of the most influential books in Christian history, Monday, October 17.
"None of us can fully escape the blindness of our age, but we shall certainly increase it, and weaken our guard against it, if we read only modern books. Where they are true they will give us truths which we half knew already. Where they are false they will aggravate the error with which we are already dangerously ill. The only palliative is to keep the clean sea breeze of the centuries blowing through our minds, and this can be done only by reading old books." —C.S. Lewis
As Christians, we have great reason to devote ourselves to the great books of the past. For in the great works of Christian history, we find not only a corrective to our own errors, but also a rich source of wisdom from those whose minds have been sanctified and transformed by the Holy Spirit. Reading old books is helpful. Reading the great books of the Christian tradition is vital.
Reading with the Saints is an opportunity to read some of the greatest and most influential books in Christian history, one selection per month, then discuss the profound and enduring questions posed by each text. What is the gospel? Who is Jesus Christ? What does it mean to follow him? How should the church relate to surrounding cultures? And what is distinctive about the Christian way of life?
- Register below to join the group. Meetings are on Mondays monthly, from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. and will include time for teaching, discussion, and prayer.
- Participants are asked, if at all possible, to read the assigned text prior to the meeting. PDF copies are available for download on this page and, alternatively, can be purchased from the Bookstore.
- Childcare is available by reservation.
Fall 2022 Dates and Texts
- September 19, Tertullian, The Apology Download Print Version
- October 17, Athanasius of Alexandria, The Life of Antony Download Print Version
- November 14, Gregory of Nazianzus, Theological Orations
- December 12, Augustine of Hippo, Confessions (selections)