In a major and exciting new initiative, Greystone is crafting a library of “how to read” mini/half-courses on important figures, ideas, and texts across the entire range of the Christian tradition. We imagine a comfortably sized room filled from floor to ceiling with the best and most important volumes in the Christian tradition, generously furnished with comfortable chairs, flowing liberally with appropriate beverages, and busy with invigorating and wise conversation led by a specialist on the text or idea under discussion–hence, the Greystone vision for a reading room. Over the span of 12-18 lecture hours, participants enjoy more-than-survey and more-than-introduction reflection on “How to Read Augustine’s Confessions” or any number of other rich topics.
To facilitate the Greystone commitment to thoughtful and wise reading, and an intellectual community built upon such reading, the Reading Room series focuses on text- and idea-oriented material rather than mere biography and/or social history. It is designed to help train informed readers who will handle texts and figures with historical and theological responsibility.
The imagined audience for Reading Room series includes seminary and capable undergraduate students who use these micro-courses to supplement course readings much like a secondary textbook, or otherwise include them as part of their ordinary work, but also includes those who work outside the theological disciplines but who desire a responsible grasp of the texts and ideas of the Christian tradition.
Atria A. Larson on Penance and L. M. Sacasas on the ethics of technology are already available, and upcoming and planned additions include series on the Cappadocians, Anselm, Bernard, Calvin’s Institutes, Barth’s Church Dogmatics, Bavinck’s Reformed Dogmatics, Gratian’s Decretum, Hugh of St. Cher, and so on, as well as series on the biblical books and major canonical sections, e.g., the writings of Paul, John, Moses, the Psalms. Try your first Reading Room installment today.