Reading List:

 

The following books and courses, while not eve close to an exhaustive list, have had an enormous impact on my intellectual development:

Philosophy:

Friedrich Nietzsche - Thus Spake Zarathustra!, The Twilight of the Idols, The Genealogy of Morals

S. Kierkergaard - The Present Age, The Sickness Unto Death

Arthur Schopenhauer - The World as Will and Idea

Albert Camus - The Stranger, The Plague, The Myth of Sisyphus 

Religion/Mythology:

C.S. Lewis - Mere Christianity

Joseph Campbell - The Hero With A Thousand Faces, The Masks of God: Creative Mythology, Occidental Mythology, Myths to Live By, The Power of Myth (interview series with Bill Moyers)

John Dominic Crossan - The Historical Jesus: The Life of a Mediterranean Jewish Peasant

Eric Fromm - The Dogma of Christ

Robert M. Price - Holy Fable: The Old

Testament Undistorted by Faith

Richard Carrier - On The Historicity of Jesus and the Zealots - S.G.F. Brandon:

A Study of the Political Factor in Primitive Christianity

Psychology:

Ken Wilber - A Brief History of Everything, The Spectrum of Consciousness, The Marriage of Sense and Soul, Up From Eden, Eye To Eye: The Quest for a New Paradigm, The Eye of Spirit, No Boundary: Eastern and Western Approaches to Personal Growth, Boomeritis

Jordan B. Peterson - Maps of Meaning: The Architecture of Belief, 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos

Carl Jung - Psychology and Religion

Economics:

Milton Friedman - Free To Choose

Friedrich Hayek - The Road to Serfdom

Robert HeilbronerThe Worldy Philosophers

Fiction:

Classic Lit. -

(Existential Authors)

George Orwell - 1984, Animal Farm

Herman Hesse - The Glass Bead Game

Lewis Carroll - Alice in Wonderland

C.S. LewisThe Chronicles of Narnia

J.R.R Tolkein - The Lord of the Rings, The Samirillion

Ayn Rand - The Fountainhead

 

Contemporary -

Robert Pirsig - Zen and the Art of Motorcylce Maintenance

J.K. Rowling - Harry Potter cycle

Robert Pullman - His Dark Materials trilogy

Lev Grossman - The Magicians trilogy

Raymond Feist - Riftwar Saga

Academic/non-fiction:

Houston Smith - The World's Religions

Gary Zukav - The Dancing Wu Li Masters

Carl Sagan - The Demon Haunted World

 Educational Courses:

Landmark Education- Landmark Forum (three day educational intensive seminar using insights from existentialism, Buddhism, and other traditions to unlock personal responsibility and meaning making)

  Social Capital Society

Social capital is the currency with which individuals and groups build appreciation, admiration, acknowledgement, commitment, and reciprocity of action toward one another in the shared desire to pursue meaningful and authentically human lives. The SCS is an informal community organization that focuses on building this necessary relational integrity through carefully cultivated principles derived from a collective dialectic process among its members. This dialectic is performed through the sharing and distribution of ideas, experiences, insights, knowledge, skills, and expertise. 

The SCS partners with a number of local and regional churches to supplement the effort of all involved in the movement toward the revivification of civilization through education, experience, struggle, and dialectic. Here is a brief list of affiliated churches -

The Bridge Christian Fellowship

Victory Fellowship

Montesano Church of God

One Life Community Church

Special Sunday morning community gathering - Ideas for Life

This Sunday morning interactive educational program focuses on discussing and developing the core ideas and values out of which we can live the most authentic and productive human lives. While the program focuses on Biblical narrative as a platform from which to engage these ideas and 'psycho technologies,' it also draws from a wide an diverse range of sources including academic, literary, film, music, and philosophical to more fully contextualize the stories that form the foundation of our shared civilization. This program is geared toward families who did not grow up with a church or Christian background who nevertheless are interested in the foundational narratives and teaching of the Biblical canon. Peter is not an ordained pastor, but rather approaches The Bible as a studied and informed lay-philosopher and educator of adults and children, and whose lifestyle is heavily bent toward religious ideas, regardless of their historical or cultural origins.

Sunday mornings start rat 8am on a Facebook group meeting. Please contact Peter at peterbenjaminmusic@gmail.com for more info...

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Podcasters, Internet, and Youtube Content Creator List:

Jordan Peterson, The Portal with Eric Weinstein, The Joe Rogan Experience, Rebel Wisdom, The Boyce of Reason, Making Sense with Sam Harris, Zero Books with Douglas Lain, The Dark Horse Podcast with Bret Weinstein, Po the Person, more to come....

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