On My Shelf: Life and Books with Louis Markos

Ivan Mesa | January 16, 2017


On My Shelf helps you get to know various writers through a behind-the-scenes glimpse into their lives as readers.

I corresponded with Louis Markos, professor in English and scholar in residence at Houston Baptist University, about what’s on his nightstand, books that have shaped his thinking, why the pagan classics matter, his favorite fiction, and more. Markos is author of Literature: A Student’s GuideOn the Shoulders of Hobbits: The Road to Virtue with Tolkien and Lewis; and From Achilles to Christ: Why Christians Should Read the Pagan Classics.


What’s on your nightstand? 

The Soul of the American University by George Marsden. Several of us at my university are reading and discussing this book as a guide for bringing together faith and reason, Jerusalem and Athens.

The Outline of History by H. G. Wells. Both C. S. Lewis and G. K. Chesterton wrestled with this highly influential Darwinian-naturalist work; I thought it was about time I wrestled with it as well.

Ethics by Baruch Spinoza. I’m at work on a new apologetics book, and it was high time I read closely and critically this chief Enlightenment work that has exerted a profound influence on the modern secular humanist worldview.

The Enchanted Castle and Five Children and It


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