The Personalist Project

One of our members, a deacon in Florida, asked whether we would be willing to host a virtual reading circle on John Crosby's book, The Personalism of John Henry Newman, for members living to far away to come to our local gatherings. This seemed to us worth trying. If it works, we can try it with other books too—not necessarily books that we know particularly well or that fall within our field of expertise, but just books that interest us and are somehow related to personalism. I'm thinking of things like

These are just of the top of my head, and I'd love to hear other suggestions. Ideally we'd find some titles that several people are interested in. Reading intellectually challenging books is much easier and more rewarding when you're doing it with friends.

We'll start by giving an overview or introduction to each chapter of the text, highlighting the parts I find most interesting or thought-provoking. And then those interested in following along can jump in with question or comments.  We'll see how it goes.  (Again, let me know.)

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Comments (4)

Robert Klesko

#1, Feb 10, 2015 6:12pm

I've slowly started reading through The Meaning of the Creative Act and it's worth a look. I would be interested in walking through it in a group. It would be helpful. Thanks for trying to set this up Jules!

Jules van Schaijik

#2, Feb 10, 2015 8:30pm

Okay Robert.  Let's try it.  I'll have to finish Crosby's book first, and then start on Berdyaev.  It will be my first encounter with him.

Did you get far into it already?

Robert Klesko

#3, Feb 11, 2015 5:50pm

Sounds good! I'm only about 60 pages in. It will take me awhile to get through with my current schedule, but if we can have an occasional back-and-forth with questions and ideas, that would be very helpful!

Katie van Schaijik

#4, Feb 11, 2015 5:55pm

I will try to tag along, too. The discipline of more challenging reading would be good for me.

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