Major Christian Authors

From Gene Veith’s blog:

I mentioned in a post yesterday that I am teaching a course at Patrick Henry College called “Major Christian Authors.” Some of you asked about my reading list. Here it is:

(1) Dante’s Paradiso

(2) Edmund Spenser’s Faerie Queene, Book I “Holiness”

(3) George Herbert, The Temple

(4) John Bunyan, Pilgrim’s Progress

(5) Gerard Manley Hopkins, Complete Poems

(6) G. K. Chesterton, The Man Who Was Thursday

(7) T. S. Eliot, The Four Quartets and other poems

(8) C. S. Lewis, The Great Divorce

(9) Charles Williams, The Descent into Hell

(10) Graham Greene, The Power and the Glory

(11) Flannery O’Connor, The Violent Bear It Away

Our students, thanks to our classical liberal arts core curriculum, have already read Dante’s Inferno, and other Lewis books. Likewise, obvious major Christian authors and their works who are missing from this list–such as Augustine’s Confessions, Milton’s Paradise Lost, Pascal’s Pensees, Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment–are also in the core.

3 thoughts on “Major Christian Authors

  1. I second the ‘hurrah’ for Edmund Spenser. I studied the first book of ‘The Faerie Queene’ at college. I wasn’t a Christian at the time, but remember it as one of the few books I studied at college that I could read for the sheer pleasure of it. I’ve kept meaning to re-read it for some time; I’ll take this post as the prompt to pick it up once more.

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