ARTS 541/SPIR 541

Reading as a Spiritual Practice

This course is also offered as SPIR 541

Course Description

How we read may matter as much as what we read. What can we learn from the Christian tradition about how to read the Bible spiritually? In this course, we will look in particular at Dorothy L. Sayers's way of reading. Raised by an Anglican priest, Sayers was well-versed in the tradition’s way of reading Scripture. She was also a scholar herself, studying classical and modern languages.

Although Sayers became famous for her mystery novels, her plays are her most theologically rich works of art, and she wrote nonfiction in defense of their meaning. Sayers teaches us how to read spiritually, not through from her plays (some of which are adaptations of the Gospel) but also through her translations (particularly her Divine Comedy) and her apologetics.

In this course, we will read The Mind of the Maker, Letters to a Diminished Church, Sayers's essays on Dante, as well her plays The Zeal of Thy House and Man Born to Be King.

Dates Jul 29–Aug 2
Days & Times Mon, Tue, Wed, Thur, Fri
Format Onsite/Online
Credit Hours 1–2
Audit Hours 1



Jessica Hooten Wilson

Fletcher Jones Endowed Chair of Great Books

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There are no prerequisites for this course.

The friendships and relationships I’ve made during my time at Regent have opened my eyes to how immensely rich, diverse, and massive the body of Christ is. When I hear the stories of many of my classmates, I see Jesus’s immense provision and grace for the church.” — Alexander Marees