Homer but not Harry Potter. Plato but not the Epic of Gilgamesh. Each year, students of the Torrey Honors Institute at Biola University read and intellectually engage dozens of ‘great books’ as a part of their general education. While not every book that has ever been penned is great, some are so great that they transcend their immediate era and culture to become a part of the ‘great books’ canon of literature that is read throughout the ages. Paul Spears, John Mark Reynolds, and Fred Sanders discuss what it is about the quality and nature of a book that makes it ‘great’.
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