Ethics, ancient and modern

July 8, 2011 in Featured Question of the Week, Question of the Week, What are you reading this Summer? by Randolph Meade Walker

Given that the Fourth of July has just past and we are now at the height of summer vacation and prime reading season, what are you reading this summer, and what books would you recommend to our Faith in Memphis readers and why?

I have just finished reading William Law’s classic, A Serious Call to a Devout and Holy Life and George Bernard Shaw’s play, Cleopatra and Caesar. Currently, I am reading The Crisis of the Negro Intellectual by Harold Cruse and Marcus Aurillus’ Meditations.

I would strongly recommend to those who interested in ethics and the comparison among cultures and religions, Law’s book, [A Serious Call to a Devout and Holy Life] which is an 18th century Puritan response to the Enlightenment and the Meditations of Marcus Aurelius. There is remarkable similarity between pagan roman Stoicism and Early Modern Puritanism. I thinks both offer much to our undisciplined age.