How does one best “seek … out of the best books words of wisdom”?
This presentation will teach you what make makes “the best books” (D&C 88:118) the best books, how to search them diligently for words of wisdom and what it means to ponder over them. You will be introduced to the Western canon and you will learn the basics of how to read book in the scriptural and Western canons, and how to think about the ideas in them in the tradition of Great Books of the Western World editor, Mortimer J. Adler. You will also learn how to “teach one another words of wisdom” (D&C 88:118).
Christopher was very kind and patient with us. We were in such a hurry to get to another appointment that we rushed him the first time and later felt like we had cheated him out of a great presentation verse a good one. So we invited him back and redid it.
We learned a lot about the liberal and servile arts and how we need to know both. It was great information and helped me to organize my learning into a much better system than I had currently been using. He was able to teach much longer the second time and did such a good job we won’t have to do much editing. Also, we decided that we would split his presentation into two parts.
Here is a nugget I have thought about since watching this: When our nation was beginning they took our laws from the Romans; the language from the Greeks and our religious base from the Hebrew. ~ ponder.
Christopher has over twenty-five years’ experience teaching a broad range of subjects. He is self-taught in the classics, holds a Bachelor’s in Middle East Studies/Arabic and Philosophy from Brigham Young University, and an MA in Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey. He is a serial entrepreneur with startup and takeover/turnaround experience in various industries. He has varying degrees of fluency in twelve languages and has lived and traveled abroad extensively. He lives in Mapleton, Utah with his wife, Alysia, and their children.