Books - George Fox Honors Program Reading List

Following are proposed texts for each of the respective courses.

Before the program, read:

  • Parker Palmer’s To Know as We Are Known
  • Mortimer Adler’s How to Read a Book
  • Dorothy Sayers’ The Lost Tools of Learning
  • Homer's The Odyssey (pre-read for HNRS 150)

Students are asked to purchase the editions listed on the Amazon link here: http://www.amazon.com/lm/R36SYQYRR02H1B/

  • Genesis
  • The Epic of Gilgamesh
  • Exodus - Deuteronomy
  • Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, & Job
  • Homer, The Illiad & The OdysseyPlato's The Republic
  • Joshua, Judges, 1-2 Samuel, 1-2 Kings
  • Aeschylus, Agamemnon, The Libation Bearers, The Eumenides
  • Sophocles, Antigone, Oedipus Rex, & Oedipus at Colonnus
  • Euripides, Medea & Bacchae
  • The Presocratics
  • Plato, Euthyphro, Apology, Crito, Republic, Symposium, Phaedrus, Gorgias, & The Seventh Letter
  • Herodotus, Histories
  • Thucydides, The Peloponnesian War
  • Confucius, The Analects 
  • Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching
  • Sun Tzu, Art of War

Students are asked to purchase the editions listed on the Amazon link here: http://www.amazon.com/William-Penn-Honors-Program-HNRS-150-Origins-Athens-and-Jerusalem/lm/R2M6TDJ506JFBN/

  • Civilization: A New History of the Western World, chapters 4-6
  • Lamentations-Malachi
  • Plutarch, Selected Lives
  • Ovid, Metamorphoses
  • Psalms 1-79, 81-150
  • Tacitus, Agricola, Germany, and Dialogue on Orators
  • Marcus Aurelius, Meditations
  • Cicero, The Orator: Selected Essays
  • Virgil, Aeneid
  • Luke, Acts
  • Justin Martyr, First Apology, Second Apology
  • Tertullian, Apology
  • Eusebius, The History of the Church
  • Athanasius, On the Incarnation
  • Cyril of Alexandria, On the Unity of Christ
  • Augustine, Confessions
  • Civilization: A New History of the Western World, chapter 7
  • Matthew
  • Qur’anBoethius’ Consolation of Philosophy
  • Bede’s The Ecclesiastical History of the English People
  • Boethius’ Consolation of Philosophy
  • Anselm’s Why God Became ManSt. Augustine's Confessions
  • Beowulf
  • Moses Maimonides’ Guide for the Perplexed
  • Averroes’ The Incoherence of the Incoherence (volume 1) 
  • Aquinas’ Summa Theologica
  • Hildegard of Bingen’s Scivias
  • John of Salisbury’s The Statesman’s Book
  • Dante’s Inferno
  • Peter Abelard’s The Letters of Abelard and HeloiseChaucer’s Canterbury Tales
  • Bonaventure’s Soul’s Journey Into God, Tree of Life, Life of Francis
  • St. Francis of Assisi and Clare of Assisi’s Francis and Clare: The Complete Works
  • Marie de France’s The Lais of Marie de France
  • Jude & Revelation
  • Catherine of Sienna’s Little Talks with God
  • Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales
  • Civilization: A New History of the Western World, chapters 8-10Cervantes' Don Quixote and Christine de Pizan's Book of the City of Ladies
  • William of Ockham’s Philosophical Writings: Selections
  • Julian of Norwich’s Revelations
  • Christine de Pizan’s Book of the City of Ladies
  • Machiavelli’s The Prince
  • Thomas Hobbes’ Leviathan
  • Erasmus’ The Praise of Folly
  • Romans & II Corinthians
  • Martin Luther’s Lectures on Galatians, Two Kinds of Righteousness, Freedom of a Christian
  • John Calvin’s Institutes of the Christian Religion
  • Miguel de Cervantes’ Don Quixote
  • Francis Bacon’s The New AtlantisPenses, Pilgrim's Progress, and Paradise Lost
  • William Shakespeare’s King Lear, Hamlet
  • William Shakespeare’s Midsummer’s Night Dream, As You Like It, selected sonnets
  • The Arabian Nights, ed. Richard Burton
  • John Donne poetry
  • Rene Descartes’ Meditations of First Philosophy
  • Pascal’s Pensees
  • I Thessalonians & Philemon
  • John Locke’s Second Treatise
  • George Fox’s Journal
  • Margaret Fell’s Letters
  • John Bunyon’s Pilgrim’s Progress
  • John Milton’s Paradise Lost
  • 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 Douglas’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 14-16
  • JohnThe Art of War, Communist Manifesto
  • Lao Tzu’s Tao te Ching
  • Sun Tzu’s The Art of War
  • Buddhist Scriptures
  • Marasaki Shikibu’s The Tale of Genji
  • Bhagavad-Gita
  • Al-Ghazali’s On the Incoherence of the Philosophers
  • Karl Marx and Frederick Engels’ Communist ManifestoCrime and Punishment
  • Mao Tse-Tung, selected works
  • Deng Xiaoping, selected works
  • Jung Chang’s Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China
  • Mohandas Gandhi’s All Men are Brothers 
  • I Peter & 3 John
  • Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s Crime and Punishment
  • Leo Tolstoy’s Anna KareninaOne Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich
  • Friedrich Nietzsche’s On the Genealogy of Morals 
  • The Way of a Pilgrim and other classics of Russian spirituality
  • V.I. Lenin’s The State and Revolution
  • Benito Mussolini’s The Doctrine of Fascism 
  • Princeton Readings in Islamist Thought: Texts and Contexts from al-Banna to Bin Laden, ed. Roxanne Euben and Muhammad Zaman
  • Alexander Solzhenitsyn’s One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich
  • Alexander Solzhenitsyn, “Harvard Class Day Exercises” (1978), Lech Walesa, “Nobel Lecture,” (1983), Ronald Reagan, “Speech at the Brandenburg Gate” (1987)
  • 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. 

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