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CatholicismFTMW Gets a Book Club

Hi, my name is Chase Lovelace and I'm so excited to be able to contribute to the website Catholicism for the Modern World. My corner of the website will consist mostly in cross-posting my current project, Rebuilding Christendom. I am definitely more of a blogger than a journalist or whatever, and so I hope that I can add some unique perspective to the site!

 

My story

I have enjoyed writing for a long time, but am pretty new to this format. I grew up learning how to song-write, then in college (I obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Vocal Performance) had to do my fair share of papers, and off and on in the last couple of years I've done the blog thing. It was a while before I really found my footing. I didn't know what to talk about, and so experimented with different formats for the blog. From discussing manhood to personal goals, and even political activism (a misstep for sure) I've floundered a bit, but didn't give up.

Even though I wasn't sure what to talk about, eventually I knew it had to be about my faith journey.


Turns out, I didn't really have anything super impressive to say about that, either. And I didn't feel equipped to write on Catholicism, since I've only converted this year, at Easter Vigil 2023. Additionally, I'm somewhat under-formed in my education and can't necessarily present a well educated perspective on things. Why even try, when such amazing platforms as Catholic.com and Pints with Aquinas exist?


But slowly, over the course of months, I came into the knowledge of, and fell in love with, the Western Classical Tradition. For three-thousand years (well, more) our culture has built upon itself and has been guided by Holy Mother Church to bring about Christendom. The society, even the secular part of it, only existed in the context of the Catholic church. That she overtook the Roman empire is a testament to Christ's power to convert even the strongest pagan societies.


The height of this culture manifested in societies that were beautiful, literature that taught and

formed us, philosophy that enlightened us to how God works in this world and more. The more I've learned about the Church, the more I understand that I know nothing, and that the world has been remade and attempted to 'revolt' against the church, starting in the 16th century and heating up significantly throughout the 20th century.


Project 'Rebuilding Christendom'

This kinda stuff led me to start the Rebuilding Christendom project. This book club will be my own education, and unlike grade school and even college, this time I intend to pay attention. The Catholic Church is the One True Church, but the evidence is shrouded in so much misinformation and spin brought about by the Protestant Revolution and today's internet that it's nearly impossible to recognize for some. Only by starting at the beginning can we start understand how Classical Tradition matters, and how it demonstrates the Church's guidance through history.


So, will you join me in taking this journey? If so, keep an eye out for subsequent articles. The book club started a month ago on Substack, and this week we are reading Homer's Iliad, Book V, but it isn't too late to join! If you'd like to read with us, here's what I suggest:

  1. Pick up the book here (I am reading the Lattimore translation, because that's the one I found at the thrift store lol, but any translation will do).

  2. Search up some summaries of Homer's Iliad, Books I-IV

  3. Start Ch. 5 and finish before Wednesday, the 13th of September.

If you're really serious and a quick reader, you could totally just start the book from the beginning and try to catch up that way, but it isn't necessary, tbh. This book club is meant to be chill. We all have regular lives, and so the readings will be assigned by the week, rather than how most book clubs do it: a book a month (the result will be making our way through the books more slowly).


Finally, below, you'll find the entire reading list for our book club. This list isn't exhaustive, and it also isn't a commitment. It's simply a suggested list that I used multiple sources to put together, and have found myself editing weekly. Actually, it'd be nice to shorten it a little, but idk what to give up; there's so much I want to read! Even the nasty stuff like Freud, Marx or Lenin is playing itself out in our culture in important ways today, and so I feel his work necessary to understand this cultural moment.


Anyway, thank you to Michael Snellen for allowing me to join this site. I look forward to making new friends and learning new things!


God bless,

Chase





 

Reading List

The Founding of Christendom, By Warren Carroll (This has not yet been started, as I haven't picked it up yet).

  1. Homer (c. 9th century BC)

  2. Iliad (We are here)

  3. Odyssey

  4. Aeschylus (c. 525-456 BC)

  5. Tragedies

  6. Sophocles (c. 495-406 BC)

  7. Tragedies

  8. Herodotus (c. 484-425 BC)

  9. Histories

  10. Euripides (c. 485-406 BC)

  11. Tragedies

  12. Thucydides (c. 460-400 BC)

  13. History of the Peloponnesian War

  14. Aristophanes (c. 448-380 BC)

  15. Comedies (The Clouds, The Birds, The Frogs suggested)

  16. Plato (c. 427-347)

  17. Dialoges (The Republic, Symposium, Sophist, Phaedo suggested)

  18. Aristotle (384-322)

  19. Works (Politics, Rhetoric, Poetics, The Nichomachean Ethics, Organon suggested

  20. Epicurus (c. 341-270)

  21. Letter to Herodotus

  22. Letter to Menoeceus

  23. Cicero (106-43 BC)

  24. Works (Orations, On Friendship, On Old Age suggested)

  25. Lucretius (c. 95-55 BC)

  26. On The Nature Of Things

  27. Virgil (70-19 BC)

  28. Aeneid

  29. Vitruvius (c. 80-70 — c. after 15 B.C.)

  30. Ten Books on Architecture

  31. Horace (65-8 BC)

  32. Odes and Epods

  33. The Art of Poetry; (Or Epistles)

  34. Livy (59 BC-AD 17)

  35. History of Rome

  36. Plutarch (c. 45-120)

  37. Lives of the Noble Grecians and Romans Moralia

  38. Tacitus (c. 55-117)

  39. Annals

  40. Epictetus (c. 60-120)

  41. Discourses

  42. Justin Martyr (100-165)

  43. Works (Likely to use “Writings of Justin Martyr” from Veritatis Splendor Publications)

  44. Lucian (c.120-c.190)

  45. The True History

  46. Marcus Aurelius (121-180)

  47. Meditations

  48. Mike Aquilina (Born 1952)

  49. The Fathers of the Church, 3rd Edition: An Introduction to the First Christian Teachers

  50. Plotinus (205-270)

  51. The Enneads

  52. St. Ambrose (c. 339-397)

  53. The Complete Works of St. Ambrose

  54. St. Augustine (354-430)

  55. Confessions

  56. City of God

  57. St. Benedict (c. 480–547)

  58. The Rule of St. Benedict

  59. Beowulf

  60. St. Anselm of Canterbury (1033–1109)

  61. Works

  62. The Song of Roland (c. 12th Century)

  63. The Nibelungenlied (13th Century)

  64. Steve Weidenkopf (born 19974)

  65. The Glory of the Crusades

  66. St. Thomas Aquinas (and Peter Kreeft) (c. 1225-1274)

  67. A Summa of The Summa

  68. Dante Alighieri (1265-1321)

  69. The Divine Comedy

  70. Francis Petrarch (1304-1374)

  71. Sonnets

  72. Boccaccio (1313-1375)

  73. The Decameron

  74. Chaucer (1340-1400)

  75. Canterbury Tales

  76. Leonardo da Vinci (1452–1519)

  77. Notebooks

  78. Machiavelli (1469-1527)

  79. The Prince

  80. Erasmus (c. 1469-1536)

  81. Christian Humanism

  82. Henry VIII and the Reformation

  83. Nicolaus Copernicus (1473-1543)

  84. On the Revolutions of the Heavenly Spheres

  85. Sir Thomas More (c. 1478-1535)

  86. Utopia

  87. Martin Luther (1483-1546)

  88. Three Treatises

  89. St. Ignatius of Loyola (1491–1556)

  90. The Spiritual Exercises (Exercitia spiritualia)

  91. François Rabelais (c. 1495-1546)

  92. Gargantua and Pantagruel

  93. Giacomo Barozzi da Vignola (1507-1573)

  94. Canon of the Five Orders Of Architecture

  95. Andrea Palladio (1508-1580)

  96. The Four Books On Architecture

  97. John Calvin (1509-1564)

  98. Institutes of the Christian Religion

  99. St. Teresa of Avila (1515-1582)

  100. The Collected Works of St. Teresa of Avila

  101. Michel de Montaigne (1533-1592)

  102. Essays

  103. St. John of the Cross (1542-1591)

  104. Dark Night of the Soul

  105. Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616)

  106. Don Quixote

  107. Vincenzo Scamozzi

  108. The Mirror of Architecture

  109. Edmund Spenser (c. 1552-1599)

  110. The Faerie Queene

  111. Francis Bacon (1561-1626)

  112. Essays

  113. Advancement of learning

  114. Novum Organum

  115. New Atlantis

  116. William Shakespeare (1564-1626)

  117. Works (esp Midsummer night’s dream & Hamlet)

  118. St. Francis De Sales (1567-1622)

  119. An Introduction to the Devout Life

  120. The Catholic Controversy: A Defense of the Faith by St. Francis De Sales

  121. Galileo Galilei (1564-1642)

  122. Dialogues Concerning the Two New Sciences

  123. Thomas Hobbes (1588-1679)

  124. The Leviathan

  125. Rene Descartes (1596-1650)

  126. Meditations on First Philosophy

  127. Discourse on Method

  128. John Milton (1608-1674)

  129. Works (Esp. Paradise Lost)

  130. Moliere (1622-1673)

  131. Comedies (The Miser, The School for Wives, The Misanthrope, The Doctor in Spite of Himself, Tartuffe suggested)

  132. Blaise Pascal (1623-1662)

  133. The Provincial Letters

  134. Pensees

  135. Benedict de Spinoza (1632-1677)

  136. Ethics

  137. John Locke (1632-1704)

  138. Letter Concerning Toleration

  139. Two Treatises of Government

  140. Essay Concerning Human Understanding

  141. Jean Baptiste Racine (1639-1699)

  142. Andromache

  143. Phaedra

  144. Antoine Desgodetz (1653-1728)

  145. The Ancient Buildings of Rome

  146. Daniel Defoe (1660-1731)

  147. Robinson Crusoe

  148. Johnathan Swift (1667-1745)

  149. Gulliver’s Travels

  150. St. Louis de Montfort (1673-1716)

  151. True Devotion to Mary

  152. George Berkeley (1685-1753)

  153. Principles of Human Knowledge

  154. Charles de Secondat, Baron de Montesquieu (1689-1755)

  155. Spirit of laws

  156. Voltaire (1694-1778)

  157. Candide

  158. Philosophical Dictionary

  159. Henry Fielding (1707-1784)

  160. Tom Jones

  161. Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)

  162. The Vanity of Human Wishes

  163. David Hume (1711-1776)

  164. An Inquiry Concerning Human Understanding

  165. Jean Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778)

  166. On the Origin of Inequality

  167. The Social Contract

  168. Laurence Sterne (1713-1768)

  169. Tristram Shandy

  170. James Stuart (1713-1788), Nicholas Revett (1720-1804)

  171. The Antiquities of Athens

  172. Adam Smith (1723-1790)

  173. Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations

  174. Emmanuel Kant (1724-1804)

  175. Critique of Pure Reason

  176. Fundamental Principles of the Metaphysics of Morals

  177. Critique of Practical Reason

  178. Science of Right

  179. Critique of Judgement

  180. Edmund Burke (1729-1797)

  181. Reflections on the revolution in france

  182. Edward Gibbon (1737-1794)

  183. The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

  184. John Jay (1745-1829), James Madison (1751-1836), and Alexander Hamilton (1757-1804)

  185. Federalist Papers

  186. Articles of Confederation

  187. The Constitution of the United States

  188. The Declaration of Independence

  189. Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel (1770-1850)

  190. Lectures on the philosophy of History

  191. Philosophy of Right

  192. Asher Benjamin (1773-1845)

  193. The Architect, or Practical House Carpenter

  194. Jane Austen (1775-1817)

  195. Pride and Prejudice

  196. Emma

  197. Karl von Clausewitz (1780-1831)

  198. On War

  199. George Gordon, Lord Byron (1788-1831)

  200. Don Juan

  201. St. John Vianney (1786–1859)

  202. Sermons of the Curé of Ars

  203. Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860)

  204. Studies in Pessimism

  205. Honore de Balzac (1799-1850)

  206. Pere Goriot

  207. John Henry Newman (1801-1890)

  208. Apologia

  209. Alexandre Dumas (1802-1870)

  210. Three Musketeers

  211. Count of Monte Cristo

  212. Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

  213. Representative Men

  214. Esssays

  215. Journal

  216. Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864)

  217. The Scarlett Letter

  218. Alexis de Tocqueville (1805-1859)

  219. Democracy in America

  220. John Stuart Mill (1806-1873)

  221. On Liberty

  222. Representative Government

  223. Utilitarianism

  224. Charles Darwin (1809-1882)

  225. The Origin of the Species

  226. The Descent of Man

  227. Charles Dickens (1812-1870)

  228. Works

  229. Søren Kierkegaard (1813-1855)

  230. Fear and Trembling

  231. Either/Or

  232. Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)

  233. Civil Disobedience

  234. Walden

  235. Karl Marx (1818-1883)

  236. Capital

  237. Communist Manifesto

  238. Herman Melville (1819-1891)

  239. Moby Dick

  240. Billy Budd

  241. Fyodor Dostoevsky (1821-1881)

  242. Crime and Punishment

  243. The Brother’s Karamazov

  244. Gustave Flaubert (1821-1880)

  245. Three Stories

  246. Lew Wallace (1827-1905)

  247. Ben Hur

  248. Henrik Ibsen (1828-1906)

  249. A Doll’s House

  250. The Wild Duck

  251. Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910)

  252. War and Peace

  253. Mark Twain (1835-1910)

  254. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

  255. Tom Sawyer

  256. The Mysterious Stranger

  257. William James (1842-1910)

  258. The Principles of Psychology

  259. Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche (1844-1900)

  260. Thus Spoke Zarathustra

  261. Beyond Good and Evil

  262. The Genealogy of Morals

  263. The Will to Power

  264. Henryk Sienkiewicz (1846-1916)

  265. Quo Vadis

  266. Brian Stoker (1847-1912)

  267. Dracula

  268. George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

  269. Plays (Man and Superman, Major Barbara, Caesar and Cleopatra, Pygmalion, Saint Joan)

  270. Loius Sullivan (1856-1924)

  271. Louis Sullivan’s Idea

  272. Sigmund Freud (1856-1939)

  273. The Ego and the Id (The Standard Edition of the Complete Psychological Works of Sigmund Freud)

  274. Pope Pius XI (1857-1939)

  275. Mit brennender Sorge

  276. Henri Bergson (1859-1941)

  277. Time and Free Will

  278. Matter and Memory

  279. Creative Evolution

  280. The Two Sources of Morality and Religion

  281. John Dewey (1859-1952)

  282. How We Think

  283. Democracy and Education

  284. Experience and Nature

  285. Logic, The Theory of Inquiry

  286. George Santayana (1863-1952)

  287. The Life of Reason

  288. Skepticism and Animal Faith

  289. Nikolai Lenin (1870-1970)

  290. The State and Revolution

  291. Bertrand Russel (1872-1970)

  292. The Problems of Philosophy

  293. The Analysis of Mind

  294. An Inquiry into Meaning and Truth

  295. St. Thérèse of Lisieux (1873-1897)

  296. The Story of a Soul (Tan Classics edition)

  297. Thomas Mann (1875-1955)

  298. The Magic Mountain

  299. Joseph and His Brothers

  300. James Joyce (1882-1941)

  301. Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

  302. Ulysses

  303. Jacques Maritain (1882-1973)

  304. Art and Scholasticism

  305. True Humanism

  306. Franz Kafka (1883-1924)

  307. The Trial

  308. The Castle

  309. Arnold Toynbee (1889-1975)

  310. A Study of History

  311. Civilization on Trial

  312. Edward Bernays (1891-1995)

  313. Propaganda

  314. C.S. Lewis (1898-1963)

  315. Mere Christianity

  316. Miracles

  317. A Grief Observed

  318. The Screwtape Letters

  319. The Great Divorce

  320. John Steinbeck (1902-1968)

  321. A Tale of Two Cities

  322. George Orwell (1903-1950)

  323. Animal Farm

  324. 1984

  325. Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980)

  326. Nausea

  327. No Exit

  328. Being and Nothingness

  329. St. Faustina (1905-1938)

  330. Diary

  331. William Golding (1911-1993)

  332. Lord of the Flies

  333. Albert Camus (1913-1960)

  334. The Stranger

  335. The Myth of Sisyphus

  336. St. Pope John Paul II (1920-2005)

  337. Works

  338. Harper Lee (1926-2016)

  339. To Kill A Mockingbird

(I am a Rococo enjoyer)



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