How Old Books Help Us Live in an Anxious Time

Wednesday, Sept 16
3:30-4:30pm EDT


Our time is characterized by information overload, hot takes, and a preoccupation with the immediate. What’s more, there seems to be a growing consensus that history needs to be left behind—that the past has nothing to teach us. In this moment, why read old books? What, if anything, can we learn from the voices of the past?

Join Alan Jacobs, Elizabeth Corey, and Paul Gutacker for a conversation in honor of the release of Breaking Bread with the Dead: A Reader’s Guide to a More Tranquil Mind (pre-order here). In this his latest book, Dr. Jacobs suggests that listening to the past offers wisdom we didn’t know we needed—and might even help us live less anxiously. For a sneak preview of the book’s argument, here’s an article by Dr. Jacobs.

Brazos Fellows and Baylor’s Honors College invite you to attend this free webinar. Details and registration here.

5 in 10: Fr. Lee Nelson

This morning the fellows had the chance to discuss a great book by Baylor professor, and Brazos Fellows guest instructor, Alan Jacobs: The Book of Common Prayer: A Biography. Dr. Jacobs traces the creation and evolution of the book which centers Anglican worship, and, indeed, Anglican theology. Our discussion was led by Fr. Lee Nelson, rector of Christ Church Waco, who helped us understand the remarkable vision of English Reformer Thomas Cranmer. For Cranmer, the aim of the prayer book was that as the whole church participated in the liturgy and prayed the daily office, we would be transformed by Christ.


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