Books

Following are proposed texts for each of the respective courses.  These lists are representative and subject to change.   

Before the program, read:

  • Parker Palmer, To Know as We Are Known
  • Mortimer Adler, How to Read a Book (chapters 1-2, 7-10)
  • Dorothy Sayers, The Lost Tools of Learning (provided)
  • Homer, The Odyssey (Read for Orientation & HNRS 150)
  • Genesis (Read for Orientation & HNRS 150)
  • Genesis
  • The Epic of Gilgamesh
  • Exodus - Deuteronomy
  • Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, & Job
  • Homer, The Illiad & The Odyssey
  • Judges, 1-2 Samuel
  • Aeschylus, Agamemnon, The Libation Bearers, The Eumenides
  • Sophocles, Antigone, Oedipus Rex, & Oedipus at Colonnus
  • The Presocratics
  • Plato, Timaeus, Republic and Apology 
  • Herodotus, Histories
  • Thucydides, The Peloponnesian War
  • Confucius, The Analects 
  • Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching

The list above is a representation only. Students are asked to purchase the texts in the same edition as on this Amazon list. Books may also be purchased through the university bookstore.   

  • Virgil, The Aeneid
  • Luke & Acts
  • Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics 
  • Cicero, On the Good Life
  • The Gospel of John
  • Sallust, Catiline's Conspiracy, The Jugurthine War, Histories
  • Ovid, Metamorphoses
  • Athanasius, On the Incarnation
  • 1 -2 Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians
  • Augustine, The Confessions & The City of God
  • Saint Cyril of Alexandria, On the Unity of Christ
  • The Bhagavad Gita
  • Seneca, Letters from a Stoic
  • Boethius, The Consolation of Philosophy
  • The Gospel of Matthew
  • Benedict, The Rule
  • The Psalms (1-90)
  • Gregory the Great, The Book of Pastoral Rule
  • Beowulf
  • Bede, Ecclesiastical History of the English People
  • The Old English Exodus
  • The Dream of Rood
  • John of Damascus, Three Treatises on the Divine Images
  • The Qur'an
  • Maimonides, Guide for the Perplexed
  • Al-Ghazali, The Rescuer from Error
  • Ibn Tufayl, Hayy bin Yaqzān
  • Anselm of Canterbury, Proslgion & Why God Became Man
  • Hildegard of Bingen, Scivias
  • John of Salisbury, Policraticus
  • The Lais of Marie de France
  • The Letters of Abelard and Heloise
  • Francis and Clare of Assisi,Complete Works
  • Bernard of Clairvaux, Sermons & In Praise of the New Knighthood
  • Chrétien de Troyes, Arthurian Romances
  • Jude and Revelation
  • Buddhist Scriptures
  • Bonaventure, The Soul's Journey into God, the Tree of Life, the Life of St. Francis
  • St. Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologica Selected Philosophical Writings
  • Dante Alighieri, The Inferno
  • William of Ockham, Philosophical Writings
  • The Showings of Julian of Norwich
  • Christine de Pizan, Book of the City of Ladies
  • Geoffrey Chaucer, Canterbury Tales 
  • Niccolo Machiavelli, The Prince
  • Thomas Hobbes, Leviathan
  • Desiderius Erasmus, The Praise of Folly and Other Writings
  • Romans & II Corinthians
  • Martin Luther, Lectures on Galatians, Two Kinds of Righteousness, Secular Authority: To What Extent it Should be Obeyed
  • John Calvin, The Institutes of Christian Religion
  • John Milton, Paradise Lost
  • Rene DescartesDiscourse on Method and Meditations on First Philosophy
  • Francis Bacon, The Major Works
  • William Shakespeare, King Lear and Hamlet
  • The Arabian Nights 
  • George Fox, Journal  
  • Margaret Fell, The Life of Margaret Fell
  • William Penn, No Cross, No Crown
  • Civilization: A New History of the Western World, chapters 11-13
  • MarkEnglish Romantic Poetry
  • Immanuel Kant’s Perpetual Peace and Other Essays on Politics, History, and Morals
  • John Wesley’s The Essential Works of John Wesley
  • English Romantic Poetry: An Anthology: William Blake, William Wordsworth, Samuel Coleridge and Lord Byron
  • David Hume’s Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding
  • John Woolman’s Journal
  • Jonathan Edwards’ The Religious Affections
  • Jean Jacques Rousseau’s The First and the Second Discourses and the French Declaration of the Rights of Man (1789)
  • U.S. Declaration of Independence, Constitution and The Federalist PapersWalden
  • Mary Wollstonecraft’s A Vindication of the Rights of Women
  • Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s Faust, A Tragedy
  • Soren Kierkegaard’s Works of Love
  • Henry David Thoreau’s Walden, or Life in the Woods
  • Selections from the poetry of John Greenleaf Whittier and Walt Whitman
  • Frederick Douglass’s Narrative of the Life of Frederick DouglasNarrative of the Life of Frederic Douglass, On Liberty by John Stuart Mill
  • Abraham Lincoln’s “Address to the Young Men’s Lyceum,” “Gettysburg Address,” “Second Inaugural,” 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments to the U.S. Constitution
  • Hebrews & James
  • Christina Rossetti’s poems
  • John Stuart Mill’s On Liberty
  • Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice
  • Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre
  • Charles Sheldon’s In His Steps
  • Civilization: A New History of the Western World, chapters 17-18Heretics by G.K. Chesterton
  • Émile Durkheim’s Rules of the Sociological Method
  • G.K. Chesterton’s Heretics
  • Sigmund Freud’s Civilization and Its Discontents
  • Dorothy Sayers’ The Mind of the Maker
  • Flannery O’Connor’s Wise Blood
  • Flannery O’Connor, short stories from Collected WorksWise BloodMere Christianity
  • John Dewey’s How We Think
  • Friedrich Hayek’s The Road to Serfdom
  • C.S. Lewis’ Mere Christianity
  • T.S. Eliot, Collected Poems
  • Simone de Beauvoir’s The Second Sex
  • Jacques Ellul: Watch Ellul's six-part series “The Betrayal by Technology”
  • Plessy v. Ferguson (1896), Brown v. Board of Education (1954), Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Letter from a Birmingham Jail
  • Thomas Kuhn’s The Structure of Scientific Revolutions
  • Jacques Derrida’s Gift of DeathThe Structure of Scientific Revolutions, Gift of Death
  • Marshall McLuhan’s Understanding Media: The Extensions of Man
  • Judith Butler’s “Imitation & Gender Insubordination,” Hélène Cixous, “The Laugh of the Medusa,” and Luce Irigaray’s “The Question of the Other”
  • John Paul II’s Fides et Ratio
  • Toni Morrison’s Beloved
  • Maya Angelou’s I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • Wendell Berry’s Jayber Crow
  • Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s The Cost of Discipleship

This course is intended to be the pinnacle of the honors program at George Fox University. Over the past four years you have explored a wide range of great and influential works. Your horizons have been broadened, your knowledge increased, and your critical skills sharpened. Most significantly, we have thought together about western civilization from a Christian perspective. 

As a culmination of this program, we ask you to contribute to the store of western knowledge. The contribution will usually take the form of a scholarly paper or work of art, but other possibilities may be negotiated with the director of the honors program and a faculty sponsor.

This project may be combined with another senior capstone project as long as all relevant parties agree on requirements. Normally, combined projects will need to be larger and/or more sophisticated than a single project. 

Students in Honors Program read the some of the greatest and/or most influential works