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This is a place for readers. Read Religiously promotes and thoughtfully engages Christian classics; specifically, obscure Christian classics that few are likely to read outside of seminary or graduate school. What’s more, these books (and occasional fragments) don’t require higher levels of education from their readers in order to delight and edify. Read Religiously is a guide through these obscurities from the Christian tradition—ancient, medieval, and modern—with the aim of procuring for them a wider readership.

The term Christian classics was coined by fifteenth-century Humanists to describe the formative works of the Church. This means books that are for the Christian tradition what the likes of Homer and Plato were for Classical Greek culture. Regrettably, the significance of a work is not always proportional to its readership. Read Religiously seeks to promote literacy in the Christian classics, with the immediate aim of delighting and edifying readers, but the ultimate aim of renewing the Church through a ressourcement of her religious legacy. The relevance of many of these book is not confined to the past. A few might even speak with greater power today than in their own time.

THE BLOG

A Diabolical Correspondence

Grubgall, I recognize this is your first assignment, so I will try to be gentle. According to your file, your man is young, carnal, baptized, but with a Christian religiosity that is no more developed now than it was a decade ago. You complain that the shame he feels over recurring sins is as stale…

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Martin Luther, a Master of Media?

Few figures in history are attributed as many profiles as Martin Luther: Reformer, family man, preacher, revolutionary, heretic, madman, prophet, renegade, or even “demon in the appearance of a man.” In this insightful study, Pettegree investigates a neglected aspect of the great reformer: Luther, the master of media.

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THE VLOG

Read Religiously promotes a practice of reading that centers on the Christian classics. The vlog is an unlimited series that puts this practice on display. Using (obligatory) poor production values and (clearly) amateur-level videography, the vlog is about reading, as such, so it moves beyond the subject matter of the Christian classics and discusses books of all kinds, best reading practices, and anything that touches the habit of reading religiously. Each episode ends with a reading from a work from the Christian tradition.

THE READER

I, Blake Adams (B.A., 2014, Patrick Henry College; M.A., 2020, Wheaton College Graduate School), am an essayist, educator, and editor who specializes in Patristic theology and early Christian history. My primary interests lie in early Christian literature and exegesis, especially as represented in the writings of Origen of Alexandria. My other interests include the history of the English Reformation, the history of the Bible, and the history of Christian art. To finance my writing and reading habits, I tutor Latin for the Ancient Language Institute and copyedit manuscripts for Wipf and Stock Publishers. For a portfolio of my little successes, see the Publications page.