King Solomon said  "... there is nothing new under the sun," (Ecclesiastes 1:9) meaning that someone, somewhere has already thought about what we are thinking.  Isaac Newton put it this way, “If I have been able to see further than others, it was because I stood on the shoulders of giants.”  The purpose of education is to shorten our learning curve so that we don’t have to experience or discover what has already been discovered by others.  And when we learn what others have thought it helps us to coalesce our own thoughts, ideas and personal philosophy.

And that is what this reading list is all about.  Busy people don’t have time to search through books and journals and sift out what is important or interesting.  This reading list is a compilation books and articles read by Center staff and others and recommended for this website.

We used two criteria when selecting this group of readings: the content had to be challenging, and the manuscript had to be succinctly written.  In short, we wanted you to be able to read it quickly, yet we wanted it to challenge you with new ideas or cause you to reexamine the ideas you already hold.

We welcome suggestions for our reading list.  If there is a document or book you would like us to add, please send the title, a brief description of the content, and the reason you think it should be added to the CEL reading list.