WHAT EVERY CHRISTIAN MUST KNOW ABOUT THEOLOGY, PHILOSOPHY, AND APOLOGETICS
“If all the world were Christian it might not matter if all the world were uneducated. But, as it is, a cultural life will exist outside the Church whether it exists inside or not. To be ignorant and simple now—not to be able to meet the enemies on their own ground—would be to throw down our weapons, and to betray our uneducated brethren who have, under God, no defence but us against the intellectual attacks of the heathen. Good philosophy must exist, if for no other reason, because bad philosophy needs to be answered. The cool intellect must work not only against the cool intellect on the other side, but against the muddy heathen mysticisms which deny intellect altogether. Most of all, perhaps, we need intimate knowledge of the past. Not that the past has any magic about it, but because we cannot study the future, and yet need something to set against the present, to remind us that the basic assumptions have been quite different in different periods and that much of what seems certain to the uneducated is merely temporary fashion.”
– C.S. Lewis
The Church has an education problem. You can read more about that here, but you probably don’t need much convincing on that front if you are reading this page. It will suffice to say that most Christian Americans can’t answer simple questions about the why behind Christianity. We don’t know why we believe what we believe, and we can’t logically defend our beliefs. Many of us also cannot perform basic scriptural exegesis, and many of us really don’t know what it means to live the costly grace life of discipleship. If we can’t do any of the above, we can’t counter bad philosophy—we can’t stand for the Truth, Beauty, and Goodness of Christ Jesus.
The Lyceum Courses exist to help us get there.
How it Works
Each book is a course. These courses are designed to be completed over a number of years, at your own pace. Yes, years. We have intentionally made the time expectations low because we expect you are engaged in full-time work or study and that you will be completing the course in thirty minute increments, a few days per week.
We will be building out this course of study over the next few years. Our intention is to eventually publish seminars on all of these works via our podcast, but for now expect some courses to have no other associated content. We have, however, launched discussion forums in which anyone can ask questions about these texts whenever they would like.
Each year or stage in this plan of study is designed to prepare you–intellectually and spiritually–to tackle the next stage of study. You may, of course, skip around if you like–but we do not recommend doing too much of that. For example, we would not recommend reading the atheistic texts in year three and four until you have read the apologetics books that proceed them.
For the books of the Bible, we recommend you purchase the ESV Study Bible and that you read the introductions to each chapter and the notes that accompany each verse. We also recommend you watch the videos that correspond to each book of the Bible. Understand that you should be working through the books of the Bible and the non-Biblical texts concurrently.
Apologetics/Theology: Mere Christianity, C.S. Lewis
Hermeneutics: Journey into God’s Word, Duvall and Hays
Novel: Out of the Silent Planet, C.S. Lewis
Hermeneutics: Misreading Scripture With Western Eyes, Richards and O’Brien
Fiction: The Great Divorce, C.S. Lewis
Apologetics: The Case For Christ, Lee Strobel
Theology: The Screwtape Letters, C.S. Lewis
Bible 102: Deuteronomy, Joshua, Judges, Matthew, 1&2 Corinthians, Galatians
Novel: Perelandra, C.S. Lewis
Apologetics: The Problem of Pain, C.S. Lewis
Apologetics: The Reason for God, Timothy Keller
Challenge to Christianity: Why I am Not a Christian, Bertrand Russell
Bible 103: 1&2 Chronicles, Job, Mark, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, 1&2 Thessalonians
Philosophy: The Abolition of Man, C.S. Lewis
Theology: The Cost of Discipleship, Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Apologetics: Miracles, C.S. Lewis
Challenge to Christianity: Beyond Good and Evil, Friedrich Nietzsche
Novel: That Hideous Strength, C.S. Lewis
Bible 104: Isaiah, Esther, Nehemiah, John, Romans, 1&2 Timothy, Titus, Philemon, Hebrews, 1&2 Peter, 1-3 John, Jude, Revelation
If you are a Christian parent and you would like for your student to take some of these courses (with accountability) reach out to us email@example.com and we can work something out.
If you represent a church and you would like us to host seminars/book studies on any of these books at your church, please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org