Classic Texts.
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GUIDED EXPOSURE TO CLASSIC THEOLOGICAL TEXTS FOR PASTORS AND LAY LEADERS

Reading Groups

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Institute for Faith, Work, & Culture

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“I do not wish the ordinary reader to read no modern books. But if he must read only the new or only the old, I would advise him to read the old."

— C.S. Lewis

Navigating contemporary culture as a Christian has become increasingly complex.

As the culture attempts to define morality, the church too often disagrees on how to respond.

We desire answers that tell us what to think. What we need is instruction on how to think… a spiritual formation that equips us to interpret biblically and interact charitably with others in any situation.

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Paideia Reading Groups

The Paideia Center offers reading groups, special lectures, and resources on classic theological texts by authors like Augustine and John Calvin with the aim of increasing spiritual maturity in the church body through deeper spiritual formation of its lay leaders and pastors.

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Historical Wisdom for Contemporary Culture

READING AND DISCUSSING CLASSIC THEOLOGICAL TEXTS PROVIDES A CONTEXT FOR UNDERSTANDING AND APPLYING HISTORICAL INSIGHT TO MODERN LIFE.

  • Foster competence in engaging serious, classic Christian literature for yourself.
  • Understand the significance of classical theological texts in their historical context.
  • Know how to draw on classic writings to help reframe and renew contemporary discussions.
  • Cultivate an ability to critically and charitably converse with others about weighty (even controversial) matters.
  • Gain wisdom from mature, respected Christian leaders.
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"The Paideia Center reading groups provide wonderful opportunities for Christians from all sorts of backgrounds and contexts to encounter and learn from the classic texts of the Christian tradition. These reading groups offer excellent environments for thoughtful Christians to be discipled with the wisdom from the past and grow alongside fellow Christians by studying and discussing the ideas in these texts."

— Dr. Josh Bruce, Fort Lauderdale, Florida

2022-2023 Books

This year the Paideia Reading Groups will focus on the glorious mystery of Jesus the Christ. To help us think and talk more wisely about that wondrous claim that He is Immanuel, God with us, we will be reading two of the most significant texts in the history of the Christian tradition: On the Incarnation by Athanasius of Alexandria and a smattering of reflections from Maximus the Confessor, gathered under the title On the Cosmic Mystery of Jesus Christ. We expect the texts will lead us back to Scripture, take us deeper in wonder, and help us go further in witness.

On the Incarnation Saint Athanasius

Fall 2022

On the Incarnation

By Athanasius of Alexandria

On the Cosmic Mystery of Jesus Christ. St. Maximus the Confessor

Spring 2023

On the Cosmic Mystery of Christ

By Maximus the Confessor

HOW TO ENGAGE WITH THE READING GROUPS

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Enroll in a Group

Choose a local or virtual group. The cost is $30 and includes the book.

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Connect with Your Leader

Your group leader will contact you and provide participation details.

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Read Classic Text

You’ll receive your book in the mail and read assigned sections before each meeting.

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Discuss with Your Group

Participate in three monthly group discussions.

Fall 2022 Reading Groups

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7PM EST
September 28, October 26, November 30

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September 19, October 17, November 14

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September 26, November 7, December 12

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8PM UK Time
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September 29, October 27, December 8

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Washington D.C.

6PM EST
October 6, November 3, December 1

Special Lectures

In addition to the reading groups, the Paideia Center provides special lectures designed to augment the groups’ study for that semester.

Spring 2022 Paideia Lectures

Augustine’s City of God

APRIL 29, 2022

PANELISTS AND PRESENTERS INCLUDE:

  • Gregory Lee
  • Michael Allen
  • Mark McDowell
  • Joey Sherrard
  • Blair Smith
  • Nathaniel Gray Sutanto
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"The Paideia Center has not only provided me with a structure and occasion for reading the classic works of the Christian tradition, but a space to dialogue with others who share a common interest in deepening their capacities for a more holistic approach to theological understanding. Each gathering has been spiritually rich in both practical and theoretical ways, and continues to be instrumental in my own theological maturation."

— WILLIAM VEGA, ORLANDO, FLORIDA

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Reformed Theological Seminary exists to train men and women to see the beauty of Jesus in all of Scripture and to commend his beauty to others.

This little booklet is designed to give you a taste of the kind of Christ-honoring teaching that our faculty engages in both inside and outside the classroom.

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