The Reading List

  • The Iliad & The Odyssey (Homer)
  • The Oresteia (Aeschylus)
  • Three Theban Plays (Sophocles)
  • The Bacchae (Euripides)
  • The History of the Peloponnesian War (Thucydides)
  • The Old Testament
  • Meno, Phaedo, Apology, Symposium, Republic, Timaeus, Phaedrus (Plato)
  • The Nicomachean Ethics, Physics, Rhetoric, De Anima (Aristotle)
  • Roman Lives (Plutarch)
  • On the Good Life (Cicero)
  • The Aeneid (Virgil)
  • The New Testament
  • Apology (Tertullian)
  • Metamorphoses (Ovid)
  • Meditations (Marcus Aurelius)
  • Apostolic Fathers (ed. Holmes)
  • Apologies (Justin Martyr)
  • On the Apostolic Preaching (Irenaeus)
  • History of the Christian Church (Eusebius)
  • On the Incarnation (Athanasius)
  • On God and Christ (Gregory of Nazianzus)
  • On the Unity of Christ (Cyril of Alexandria)
  • Apostles Creed, Nicene Creed, Constantinopolitan Creed
  • Definition of Chalcedon
  • Confessions, On Christian Teaching, City of God, On the Teacher (Augustine)
  • Consolation of Philosophy (Boethius)
  • Complete Works (Pseudo-Dionysius)
  • Why God Became Man (Anselm of Canterbury)
  • On Loving God (Bernard of Clairvaux)
  • Ethics (Peter Abelard)
  • Scivias (Hildegaard of Bingen)
  • Nature and Grace, On Creation, Selections from the Summa Theologiae (Thomas Aquinas)
  • The Soul’s Journey into God, Life of Francis (Bonaventure)
  • The Divine Comedy (Dante)
  • Selections from the Canterbury Tales (Geoffrey Chaucer)
  • Lectures on Galatians, The Ninety-Five Theses, Selected Sermons and Essays (Martin Luther)
  • Selections from the Institutes (John Calvin)
  • The 39 Articles
  • The Westminster Confession
  • The Dordrecht Confession
  • The Creed of the Council of Trent
  • The Schleitheim Confession
  • The Heidelberg Catechism
  • The Prince (Machiavelli)
  • The New Organon (Francis Bacon)
  • Gravitation, The Principia (Isaac Newton)
  • Faerie Queene: Book I (Edmund Spenser)
  • As You Like It, The Tempest, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Macbeth, Hamlet, King Lear, Julius Caesar, Antony and Cleopatra, Richard II, Henry IV Part I, Henry V (Shakespeare)
  • Selected Poems (John Donne)
  • Selected Poems (George Herbert)
  • Centuries of Meditations (Thomas Traherne)
  • The Creation (Haydn)
  • Leviathan (Thomas Hobbes)
  • Mediations on First Philosophy (Rene Descartes)
  • Pensees (Blaise Pascal)
  • Paradise Lost (John Milton)
  • Mass in B Minor (J.S. Bach)
  • Messiah (Handel)
  • The History of Rasselas, Prince of Abissinia (Samuel Johnson)
  • Essay Concerning Human Understanding, Second Treatise on Government (John Locke)
  • Declaration of Independence
  • U.S. Constitution
  • Selected Federalist Papers (Adams, Jay, Hamilton)
  • A Vindication of the Rights of Woman (Mary Wollstonecraft)
  • Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding (David Hume)
  • Reason in History (Hegel)
  • Democracy in America (Alexis De Tocqueville)
  • On Religion (Schleiermacher)
  • Standard Sermons (John Wesley)
  • A Practical View of Christianity (William Wilberforce)
  • Religious Affections, Selected Sermons and Essays (Jonathan Edwards)
  • Prolegomena to Any Future Metaphysics, Grounding for the Metaphysics of Morals, What Is Enlightenment (Immanuel Kant)
  • Selected Poems (William Blake)
  • The Prelude and Selected Poems (William Wordsworth)
  • Frankenstein (Mary Shelley)
  • Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen)
  • Jane Eyre (Charlotte Bronte)
  • Wuthering Heights (Emily Bronte)
  • Tale of Two Cities (Charles Dickens)
  • Anna Karenina (Leo Tolstoy)
  • The Brothers Karamazov (Fyodor Dostoyevsky)
  • Fathers and Sons (Ivan Turgenev)
  • Selected Poems (Christina Rossetti)
  • All-Night Vigil (Rachmaninov)
  • German Requiem (Brahms)
  • Reflections on the Revolution in France (Edmund Burke)
  • Autobiography (Benjamin Franklin)
  • Selected Essays (Ralph Waldo Emerson)
  • Selected Short Stories (Nathaniel Hawthorne)
  • Moby Dick (Herman Melville)
  • Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave (Frederick Douglass)
  • Aurora Leigh (Elizabeth Barrett Browning)
  • Selected Stories (Henry James)
  • Speeches and Writings (Abraham Lincoln)
  • On the Origin of Species (Charles Darwin)
  • Fear and Trembling (Kierkegaard)
  • Idea of a University (John Henry Newman)
  • The Communist Manifesto (Marx & Engels)
  • On the Genealogy of Morals (Friedrich Nietzsche)
  • At the Back of the North Wind (George MacDonald)
  • The Souls of Black Folk (W. E. B. Du Bois)
  • A Room of One's Own (Virginia Woolf)
  • Civilization and Its Discontents (Sigmund Freud)
  • Selected Writings (R.A. Torrey)
  • Selected Short Stories (Flannery O’Connor)
  • Nausea (Jean-Paul Sartre)
  • Selected Poems (T.S. Eliot)
  • Selected Poems (Robert Frost)
  • Orthodoxy, The Man Who Was Thursday, The Napoleon of Notting Hill (G.K. Chesterton)
  • Abolition of Man (C.S. Lewis)
  • Selected Speeches and Letters (Martin Luther King, Jr.)

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