• I thought you guy’s might find this video series interesting on the history of capitalism

    History of Capitalism Series, The Culture of Prosperity /youtube

  • My main area of historical interest is money and banking. The more research I do in this area the more I realize that all scientific disciplines overlap and affect each other. My public schooling did not equip me to pursue this interest of mine. Perhaps you fine folks can help.

    • I’ll be of more use in the money and banking discussion, then I would have been in a Christianity discussion.

    • @rrule Understood. The touch points of Christianity and Money and Banking are roughly the same as most other religions. Don’t steal. Fulfill your obligations. and don’t lie. Pretty simple stuff.

    • @john83436
      My ‘ new testament” is a bit rusty, but didn’t Jesus display a bit of aggression towards the money lenders and changers?

    • @rrule He did indeed, and promises to display much more.

    • “The Ethics of Money Production” by Guido Hulsmann is a thrilling book!

    • Have you also read Oresme’s work, form which “The Ethics…” is taken?

    • @rrule He also had a very short time preference.

    • @aristotle I guess that you are referring to Jesus’ time on earth. Though he knew his time was short on earth, he was oriented toward an everlasting/eternal perspective. He had told the Jewish leaders, “before Abraham was, I am.”

    • @john83436 I was thinking of Matthew 6:25-34, the various verses where he tells a man to be perfect he should sell all he has and give it to the poor and then follow him, and his apocalyptic predictions in Matthew 24 happening before that generation passed away. Seems pretty clear his advice in his earthly life was given with a very short time…[Read more]

    • @aristotle I see what you mean. If taken by themselves the sayings of Jesus can be seen as encompassing both short term , and long term goals. One view of some of those apocalyptic, this generation passages is that He was talking about the siege of Jerusalem in 70 A.D. Some of those passages still baffle me after several years of study.

    • @john83436 Yeah I’ve heard that interpretation. My own take is part of it could apply to the destruction of the temple but not all of it. He makes specific mention about the son of man returning in the clouds, the sun and moon darkening, stars falling to earth and heaven and earth passing away. The language is very much the same as what we find in…[Read more]

    • @aristotle Good points. My pastor is currently preaching through Rev. and he seems to take the mostly already been fulfilled stance, but having present day application. I take heart in the knowledge that both Martin Luther, and John Calvin claimed not to understand the Revelation enough to write commentaries on it.

  • What are everyone’s opinions about Encyclopedia Britannica’s Great books of the Western World series?

  • Josh Wells started the topic Reading list in the forum General 4 years, 2 months ago

    What would your reading list include for a solid foundation in classical studies?

    • In no particular order: Plato, Sophocles, Lao Tzu, Sun Tzu.

      What are your suggestions Josh?

    • I really couldn’t say because I haven’t read any of those. My understanding of Sun Tzu is that Art of War tends to be about strategy and how to defeat your enemy. I’m sure there are valuable lessons to be gleaned but I prefer to focus on how I can be a better and happier human being rather than how I can dominate or conquer others. Another in the…[Read more]

    • But think of it more as The Art of Strategy if you will.

      Sure, you can read Art of War as a How-to guide, but it is just as important to understanding other people, which I consider important and a plank for classical studies.

      Life is filled with those who may have an idea to attack you, whether that is a physical attack, political attack or…[Read more]

    • Like I said, I’m sure there are valuable lessons. It just isn’t where my focus is.

    • Even Machiavelli is worth a look, for the purpose of “know your enemy”.

  • Hi Everyone! I am brand new to learning about Classical Studies and as such, I am looking to anyone here with advice on where to start. What books would you recommend? As there any online courses that you have seen or have been a part of that were interesting?