FORMED Book Club

FORMED Book Club

6 Seasons

Join Catholic experts and book lovers with decades of experience in publishing for in-depth weekly discussions of relevant Catholic texts. Hosted by Fr. Joseph Fessio, SJ (Founder of Ignatius Press), Vivian Dudro (Senior Editor at Ignatius Press), and Joseph Pearce (Director of Book Publishing at Augustine Institute). These discussions are part of an online community that reads and discusses a different book each month.
Go to formedbookclub.ignatius.com to sign up for free!

Books discussed:
Chance or the Dance by Thomas Howard. Electronic versions are available here.
Real Philosophy for Real People by Fr. Robert McTeigue .S.J.

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FORMED Book Club
  • In Defense of Sanity - Episode 4

    Episode 1

    G.K. Chesterton on true mysticism, writing no-nos, and more, as we continue our journey through In Defense of Sanity.

  • In Defense of Sanity - Episode 5

    Episode 2

    From the Book of Job to the philosophy of cheese. We discuss two fantastic essays by G.K. Chesterton as we continue to work our way through In Defense of Sanity.

  • In Defense of Sanity - Episode 8

    Episode 3

    Ugly churches and bad poetry. We discuss three more essays by G.K. Chesterton—on architecture, Shakespeare, and free verse poems—as we move through the collection In Defense of Sanity.

  • In Defense of Sanity - Episode 11

    Episode 4

    An essay against essays, the evil of nice-sounding words, and much more. We continue our discussion of G.K. Chesterton’s collection In Defense of Sanity.

  • In Defense of Sanity - Episode 16

    Episode 5

    G.K. Chesterton’s take on contraception and on global trade. Fr. Fessio, Vivian Dudro, and Joseph Pearce argue about the essays “The Surrender Upon Sex” and “Reflections on a Rotten Apple” from the Chesterton collection In Defense of Sanity.

  • In Defense of Sanity - Episode 17

    Episode 6

    What happens when we start seeing people as animals? We debate birth and population control—as well as Eucharistic miracles—in our discussion of G.K. Chesterton’s essays “Babies and Distributism” and “The Rout of Reason.”

  • In Defense of Sanity - Episode 19

    Episode 7

    Jaded policemen, the broken pharmaceutical industry, and a debate over free trade. All of this as we discuss just three essays by G.K. Chesterton: “The Efficiency of the Police,” “About Beliefs,” and “The Common Man.”

  • In Defense of Sanity - Episode 20

    Episode 8

    Are men more selfish than women? Are people naturally attracted to arrogance? We discuss three more essays by G.K. Chesterton: “Two Stubborn Pieces of Iron,” “The Revival of Philosophy—Why?”, and “If I Had Only One Sermon to Preach.”