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Modernity Course

This recommended reading list is based on two assumptions: first, that the class meets twice a week, with more time to read and prepare available for the first discussion than the second. Secondly, this course assumes two 18-week semesters. Educators may tailor these recommendations to fit their own schedules.

Because our mission is to apply the Christian worldview to the great conversation, we begin each year by assigning books designed to encourage students to better understand and apply the Christian worldview. These first few weeks establish an important foundation for students, reminding them that they are responsible for taking every thought captive for Christ (2 Corinthians 10:5).

Required Resources

1. A History of the American People

2. A Kierkegaard Anthology

3. Amusing Ourselves to Death

4. Basic Writings of Nietzsche

5. Billy Budd

6. Book of Mormon, The

7. Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee

8. Candles Behind the Wall

9. Civil Disobedience and Other Essays

10. Classic Mystery Stories

11. Compact Guide to World Religions, The

12. Cost of Discipleship, The

13. Death of Ivan Ilych, The

14. Democracy in America

15. Emerson's Prose and Poetry

16. Essential Works of Lenin

17. Existentialism and Human Emotions

18. Gambler, The

19. God Who is There, The

20. God's Politician: William Wilberforce's Struggle

21. Grand Illusions

22. Gulag Archipelago: 1918-1956, The

23. Hard Times

24. Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation

25. Letter from Birmingham Jail

26. Life of Johnson

27. Man Who Was Thursday, The

28. Man's Search for Meaning

29. Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass

30. Natural Theology

31. Origin of Species

32. Philosophy: Basic Readings

33. Plague, The

34. Poor Man's Earl, The

35. Reasoning from the Scriptures with the Mormons

36. Rime of the Ancient Mariner and Other Poems

37. Robespierre: Selected Speeches

38. Screwtape Letters, The

39. Shantung Compound: The Story of Men and Women Under Pressure

40. Shelley's Poetry and Prose

41. Transcript of the Scopes Monkey Trial

42. Turning Points

43. Understanding the Times

44. Up from Slavery

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Reading List