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Center Dialogue

A Short History

Delta Theta Sigma started in the Fall of 1990 on the campus of Florida State University when InterVarsity Christian Fellowship students began meeting weekly to discuss Oswald Chamber’s devotional classic, My Utmost For His Highest.

Dead Poets Society was then a recent movie and the students agreed that a “Dead Theologians Society” was needed to promote the serious discussion of Christian literature. To promote the Society, the Greek acronym Delta Theta Sigma was adopted for the designation of the Dead Theologians Society. Since that time, the idea of “discipleship through the Christian classics” has spread quickly and DQS reading groups continue to develop. The Dead Theologians Society offers an enjoyable opportunity to learn from those whose writings have stood the test of time.

The Dead Theologians Society chapter at Union was later folded into the In the Academy Dialogue Groups.

Books Discussed to Date 

  • A.W. Tozer's Kowledge of The Holy
  • Dietrich Bonhoeffer's Life Together
  • Bro. Lawrence's Practicing The Presence of God
  • John Bunyan's Pilgrim’s Progress
  • G.K. Chesterton's Orthodoxy
  • Dorothy Sayers' Mind of the Maker
  • Thomas a’Kempis' Imitation of Christ
  • Henri Nouwen's The Genesee Diary
  • Henri Nouwen's The Way of the Heart
  • Flannery O’Conner's The Habit of Being
  • C.S. Lewis' The Weight of Glory
  • C.S. Lewis' The Abolition of Man
  • C.S. Lewis' Letters to Malcolm: Chiefly on Prayer
  • Thomas Merton's Thoughts in Solitude
  • George McDonald's Creation in Christ
  • Augustine's Confessions
  • Lesslie Newbigin's Foolishness to the Greeks
  • Milton Bennett's Basic Concepts of Intercultural Communication
  • Wendell Berry's Hanna Coulter
  • Andy Crouch's Culture Making
  • Maxie Dunnam's The Workbook on Spiritual Disciplines
  • L. Dee Fink's Creating Significant Learning Experiences
  • Richard Foster's Celebration of Discipline
  • J. Daniel Hays' From Every Tribe and Every Nation
  • Duane Litfin's Conceiving the Christian College
  • Hal Poe's Christianity in the Academy
  • George Yancey's Beyond Racial Gridlock
  • Roger Olson's Arminian Theology: Myths and Realities

For more information contact Nan Thomas at 731.661.5065 or nthomas@uu.edu.

"Happy work is best done by the man who takes his long-term plans somewhat lightly and works from moment to moment 'as to the Lord.' It is our daily bread that we are encouraged to ask for. The present is the only time in which any duty can be done and any grace received."
-C.S. Lewis; Learning in Wartime, The Weight of Glory