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Welcome to the Solomon’s Corner Book Club! As Christians, we are called to love God with our heart, soul, strength, and mind. And one of the best ways we can grow our minds is by reading books with our Christian community. If you are looking for a place to read and grow in your intellectual journey, welcome! We would love for you to join the discussion. Subscribe to our blog for our weekly commentary on the readings in the current book section. We look forward to your comments!

For those following along with us, please check out the Current Book reading schedule.

 

Rise and Triumph of the Modern Self

The Rise and Triumph of the Modern Self

Reading Schedule

[Oct. 10 ] Week 1: Intro-Chapter 1

[Oct. 17 ] Week 2: Chapters 2-3

[Oct. 24 ] Week 3: Chapter 4

[Oct. 31 Week 4: Chapter 5 + Epilogue

[Nov. 7 ] Week 5: Chapter 6

[Nov. 14 ] Week 6: Chapter 7 +Epilogue

[Nov. 21 ] Week 7: Chapters 8-9

[Nov. 28 ] Week 8: Chapter 10+Epilogue

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Book Club: Shelley All Up In That?
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In today’s Book Club, we will be exploring man as a poetical animal. Who was Percy Bysshe Shelley and what can we learn from his perspective on poetry? And how do our emotions play into our Christian walk?

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Solomon's Corner
Book Club: Realism and Wonder
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What do we mean by the nature of marriage? How do we define its purpose or telos? How do these questions relate to the sexual revolution and the popular theology in modern Christianity? Finally, we discuss the dangers of divorcing theology from philosophy, and why realism is the philosophy to live by.

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Book Club: Making Reality in Our Image
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The rise of Self-Expression has taken our culture by the throat and is silencing anyone who would disagree. How did we get here? And what influence did Cartesianism and Dialectical Materialism have on how we think of God and the church?

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Ep. 27 The Melody of Marxism
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Was Lizzo’s flute playing an effect of cultural Marxism in America? These ideas are explained more fully in the final chapters of our #BookClub read, The Captive Mind by Czeslaw Milosz.

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Book Club: Controlling Men's Minds
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The biggest conspiracy theorists are those who say there is no such thing, but how do we avoid falling into the trap of the “wacky” conspiracy theories? We do this this by learning from the survivors of Communism. There is no one better to take us on this tour of conspiracy than Czeslaw Milosz’s friend, Gamma.

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Book Club: Auschwitz's Disappointed Lover
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Philosophy is essential to sound theology and politics. But anger and hatred are the footholds for Communism. How does Czeslaw Milosz’s friend, Beta, come to accept Communism? And how does a Westerner become Beta?

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Book Club: The Tragic Man
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What does tragedy do to a man?  What are we to do in times violence? How can we avoid pits of despair when unimaginable evil is destroying those we love and the world we know?

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Ep. 24 Politics, Nones, & the New Faith
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What is driving Christians to seek spiritual wisdom from political commentators like those at the Daily Wire rather than their clergy? Is the rise of the “Nones” an indication that America is becoming non-religious or is there a “New Faith” behind this trend?

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Book Club: Satisfying the Devil
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If a life of study is irrelevant to man’s prosperity and spiritual development, then why does the New Faith take great lengths to suppress it? Also, given the battles we are in with the New Faith, why do so many seek wisdom from the likes of Jordan Peterson and the Daily Wire bros?

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Ep. 36 ChatGPT & What it Means for Churches
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We get into the nitty gritty of ChatGPT, or as some are calling it, the Google killer. What role does this powerful A.I. play if our Christian faith is built solely on making accurate truth claims? Could we see ChatGPT replacing our pastors and apologists?

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Book Club: Weaponizing the Sanctity of Life
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Arendt makes the assertion that hedonism and Puritanism were birthed from the philosophy of Descartes, the Christian Religion, and the science of Darwin. This has ultimately led to a weaponization of the now self-evident value of human life.

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Book Club: Trust the Process
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We are living in an exceptional time. Process has replaced purpose. As the iconic character Dr. Ian Malcolm says in Jurassic Park, ” [They] were so preoccupied with whether or not they could, they didn’t stop to think if they should.”

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Book Club: The Rejection of Philosophy & the Worship of Action
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The Modern Era has brought a shift in our thinking: we have rejected philosophy as the handmaiden to theology and replaced her with “The Science”. How does one find balance when the pendulum of thought swings too far away from contemplation, accepting only empirical data? We must find the anchor point so we will not be tossed back and forth by the waves of philosophical polarity. #KeepThinking

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Book Club: Science, The Divine Leader
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In the most triumphal age of scientific progress, we have the greatest societal despair. We are playing god, but we are not strong enough to carry the responsibility that comes from that power. What should we do?

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Book Club: Promises and Uncertainty
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We cannot be offered certainty about the future. So what are we to rely on? We look to the promises of new life and the promises that come from God, that even death will be conquered once and for all.

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Ep. 19 The Underground Family
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It has been said that “totalitarians desire your soul”. A good place to start, and they often do, is by undermining parental and religious authority in the lives of children. Communist regimes recognize that if they can become the parental and spiritual figure of your kids, they will eventually be able to reform both city and religion in its image; if families do not stand strong, then the state can and will become an abomination that demonically claims itself to be the god and father of your children.

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Ep. 18 Discussion: Are We Sleeping or Are We Stupid?
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Join us for an impromptu discussion on Chapters 3 and 4 of Rod Dreher’s book, Live Not by Lies. Daniel and Lindsey discuss the influence of cultural Marxism on religious institutions and the weaponization of technology.

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Ep. 16 Lines in the Sand
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Our lines in the sand say something about us; their absence says even more. What can we learn from the “prophets” Father Kolaković and Czeslaw Milosz, as depicted in Rod Dreher’s latest work, Live Not by Lies? This episode marks the first of many impromptu discussions between Daniel and Lindsey as they discuss their observations and applications from those minds that God preserved for such a time as this.

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Ep. 5-The Free Market and the Right to Work
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How do we prevent capitalism from becoming a money-makes-right ideology? Will a free market naturally tend towards moral goods? What role do employers and employees have in preventing communistic and fascistic societies? 

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Ep. 4 - Man: A Soul Divided
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In a world that continues to separate the light from the dark, man finds himself in the middle of a cosmic game of tug-o-war that threatens to rip him apart. What is the path forward? Today, we explore the concept of man as a divided soul and the tension he suffers from his dual citizenship between his earthly home and his heavenly destination.

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Ep. 2-A Will to Hope
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What is the difference between optimism and hope? How does Christian living influence the secular conscience? Why are pastors failing us in these dark times? And what are some solutions to ensure we rise above the darkness and pave the way for the next generation of leaders? #KeepThinking

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Ep. 1-Maritain and the Roots of Nihilism
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In today’s episode, we will be setting the stage for Jacques Maritain and the Book Club reading, Christianity and Democracy. Join us as we explore the similarities between the nihilism that took hold of Maritain and his wife in their early years and the dangerous ideas we see…