By John Mark Reynolds
Here are the list of 10 books, but be sure to read the original post to get the context.
- Odyssey, Homer. The long journey from the darkness of paganism to philosophy begins here.
- Republic, Plato. Justice should be sought for its own sake, but we need a man to die and come to life again in order to fully see it.
- Consolation of Philosophy, Boethius. Emo-whining gets a dose of tough love from Lady Philosophy, and the result is a poetic vision of reality.
- Divine Comedy, Dante. The world isn’t quite what Dante imagined, but if wrong in details this great poem is truer as a whole than what you will read in today’s paper.
- Faerie Queene, Edmund Spenser. Protestants can be romantic and poetic.
- Much Ado about Nothing, William Shakespeare. If not the Bard’s greatest play maybe the best play for us, because this comedy contrasts our cynicism and eroticism with Christian romance while making us laugh out loud (not LOL).
- Paradise Lost, John Milton. We oft like Milton’s Satan more than Milton’s God, revealing more about us than about Milton.
- Second Treatise, John Locke. If you are an American, this apologist helped create the government you should cherish.
- On the Origin of Species, Charles Darwin. Darwin tries to remove design from biology and still makes the case better than anyone else.
- Brothers Karamazov, Fyodor Dostoevsky.Dostoevsky wrestles with seeming meaningless and pain and finds Christ, if not Christianity, victor.
Most of these books should be almost free on the Kindle, so hunt around, then post links in the comments below.