Ever since the Ephesus book burning (Acts 19), the church has had an ambivalent relationship with secular books. This class will examine seven dangerous books (by Valentinus of Alexandria, Galileo, Voltaire, Darwin, Marx, Freud, and Joseph Campbell), from the second century to the twentieth, that have provoked a strongly negative reaction from the church.
We will study the books and their authors, why they caused such offense to the church, how the church reacted (often in counterproductive ways), and the contemporary legacy of each book. Concluding sessions will consider a Biblically grounded and constructive approach for engagement with dangerous books in the future.
Teacher: Dan Crane
Room: Garden Room