The Via Christa Library

By Linda Mihalic

  A library is “a building or room containing collections of books, periodicals, and sometimes films and recorded music for people to read, borrow, or refer to.” Knowledge is “the sum of what is known: the body of truth, information, and principles acquired by humankind.”
  Your brain is the mental hardware you built with the body you wear, your OS is the mind that was in Christ Jesus, and your soul is your immortal God-given software, which includes the ability to systematize and use whatever you feed it in the way of information. Thus, you are adequately equipped to begin walking the Via Christa. However, all the books in the world, physical or digital, will do you little good if you lack an inquiring mind capable of critically assessing the truth and validity of the knowledge it gains, while remaining open to new data.

“Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus.”–Philippians 2:5

  Edna Lister was dedicated to educating the whole person—heart, mind and soul. We who travel the trail she blazed advocate being well-educated and devoted to lifelong learning, especially in the fields of science, psychology, metaphysics, philosophy, and mysticism. She was an avid reader with eclectic tastes, yet favored Idealists including Pythagoras, Plato, Plutarch, Plotinus, a few Stoics and the British Idealists. As an idealist herself, she lived her philosophy daily—no ivory tower for her! She loved mysteries, which she claimed sharpened the powers of logic and deductive thinking. Science fiction, she said, was “history, pre-written.” She read all the magazines her sons subscribed to, including Popular Science, Popular Mechanics, Amazing Stories, Science Fiction, etc. She credited her continuing education to her sons, who though born twelve years apart to different fathers, were themselves close and good friends. Her older son, Russell J. Elliott, was a mining engineer, as was his stepfather, Henry T. Abstein, Sr. Their son, Henry T. Abstein, Jr., was an aerospace engineer with Hughes Aerospace Group and Boeing.
  We have found several reading lists among her students’ papers—authors and books she had suggested. They reveal that she advocated a Classics education at minimum, an experience she had been deprived of as a young woman whose father did not believe women needed higher education. She was a single working mother from 1924 on, but her dream of being college-educated came true after she met Dr. Thomas Parker Boyd, who sponsored her matriculation (1925-1934) at what is now U. C. Berkley, where he taught. There she studied psychology, a field then in its infancy, and comparative religion, under Dr. Boyd’s mentorship.

Edna Lister’s Works include books, pamphlets and essays; however, the bulk of her work is found in the thousands of pages of sermon and lecture outlines she created for lecturing, teaching, preaching and public speaking.

Black Pearls
A Design for Ascension
Eternal Youth
Faith in Action
Faith, the Challenger
The First Mastery
Five Important Steps in Ascension
Five Keys to the Kingdom
God as Consciousness Appears as Form
The Gold Standard
How to Stay UP!
I AM Joy!
Life in a Nutshell
Time, the Adjuster of Life
The Universal Magna Carta
Welcome, My Son
What Is Principle?

Recommended Books and Authors

Walking the Via Christa may profoundly shift your perception of what reality truly is, and expand your ability to see through the veils of illusion that too often mislead you in this world of mere appearances. The volumes included here cover various areas of study you may encounter on The Via Christa, but more importantly they dispel the surface glamour of what the world defines as “reality.” We have included the translated works of many seminal thinkers and philosophers—Idealist, Platonist, Neoplatonist, and Judeo-Christian—who have formed the foundation of Western thought.


The Ascension of Isaiah
Theologia Germanica, Susanna Winkworth, trans.


Metaphysics, Hugh Tredennick, trans.
Nicomachean Ethics, W. D. Ross, trans.
On the Soul (De Anima), W. D. Ross, trans.
Virtues and Vices, H. Rackham, trans.

William W. Atkinson

Reincarnation and the Law of Karma

Charles Bigg

The Christian Platonists of Alexandria

Brand Blanshard

The Heritage of Idealism

Bernard Bosanquet

The Kingdom of God on Earth
Psychology of the Moral Self
On the Philosophical Distinction Between Knowledge and Opinion
On Hegel and German Idealism
What Religion Is

Thomas Parker Boyd

The Armor of Light
Being and Doing
Borderland Experiences
The Christ Science
The Finger of God
The How and Why of the Emmanuel Movement
The Kabbala of the New Testament
The Law and the Testimony, Daily Meditations
The Mental Highway
A New Concept of God on Earth
The Prospectus of Life in the University of Hard Knocks
The Voice Eternal

F. H. Bradley

Appearance and Reality
Collected Essays, I
Collected Essays, II
Essays on Truth and Reality
Ethical Studies: Selected Essays
The Principles of Logic, I
The Principles of Logic, II

John Burnet

Early Greek Philosophy
Fragments of Parmenides
Plato’s Phaedo
The Socratic Doctrine of the Soul

Joseph Butler

The Works of Joseph Butler, Volume I
The Works of Joseph Butler, Volume II

Stewart Candlish and Pierfrancesco Basile

“Francis Herbert Bradley”

Marcus Tullius Cicero

The Dream of Scipio (Somnium Scipionis)

Clement of Alexandria

The Stromata (Miscellanies), William Wilson, trans.

Lady Anne Conway

The Principles of the Most Ancient and Modern Philosophy

Ralph Cudworth

Treatise Concerning Eternal and Immutable Morality

Russell Dancy

“Speusippus, a Scholarch of the Old Academy”
“Xenocrates, a Scholarch of the Old Academy”

Ernest Dimnet

The Art of Thinking

Diogenes Laertius

Life of Plato, R. D. Hicks, trans.
Life of Pythagoras of Samos, R. D. Hicks, trans.

Theron Q. Dumont

The Solar Plexus or Abdominal Brain

Arthur S. Eddington

Science and the Unseen World

Ralph Waldo Emerson

The Over-Soul
Plato, the Philosopher

Lloyd Gerson


Sherry Gordon

What Can I Do for the World?

Thomas Hill Green

An Essay on Christian Dogma
Justification by Faith
T. H. Green’s Lay Sermons
The Conversion of Paul
Popular Philosophy in its Relation to Life
Prolegomena to Ethics
The Immortality of the Soul
The Incarnation of the Word
The Word Is Nigh Thee

Paul Guyer and Rolf-Peter Horstmann


Manly P. Hall

The Lost Keys of Masonry

Christoph Helmig and Carlos Steel


Nicholas Herman

The Practice of the Presence of God, Brother Lawrence

Carl A. Huffman


Sarah Hutton

“The Cambridge Platonists”
“Lady Anne Conway”


The Life of Pythagoras, Thomas Taylor, trans.

Fragments of Ethical Writings of Certain Pythagoreans
and a Collection of Pythagoric Sentences from Stobæus and Others, Thomas Taylor, trans.

Iamblichus on the Mysteries of the Egyptians, Chaldeans, and Assyrians, Thomas Taylor, trans.

W. R. Inge

Christian Mysticism
Faith and its Psychology
Personal Idealism and Mysticism
The Philosophy of Plotinus

Harold H. Joachim

The Nature of Truth

Nick Kampouris

“The Platonic Academy of Athens”

George Karamanolis


Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz

Principles of Nature and Grace

Abraham Lincoln

The Gettysburg Address

Brandon C. Look

“Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz”

Thomas Maguire

An Essay on the Platonic Idea
Essays on the Platonic Ethics
Lectures on Philosophy
The Parmenides of Plato

Marinus of Samaria

Life of Proclus, Kenneth S. Guthrie, trans.

Andrew Moore


George F. Moore


Numenius of Apamea

Numenius of Apamea, the Father of Neoplatonism, Kenneth S. Guthrie, trans.


The Philocalia, George Lewis, trans.

Rudolf Otto

The Idea of the Holy

Nickolas Pappas

“Plato’s Aesthetics”




Enneads I, Stephen MacKenna, trans.
Enneads II, Stephen MacKenna, trans.
Enneads III, Stephen MacKenna, trans.


Moralia, Loeb Classical Library
Consolation to His Wife, P. H. De Lacy and B. Einarson, trans.
On the Delays of the Divine Vengeance, P. H. De Lacy and B. Einarson, trans.
On the ‘E’ at Delphi, F. C. Babbitt, trans.
Isis and Osiris, F. C. Babbitt, trans.
On Listening to Lectures, F. C. Babbitt, trans.
The Oracles at Delphi no Longer Given in Verse, F. C. Babbitt, trans.
On the Obsolescence of Oracles, F. C. Babbitt, trans.
Platonic Questions, I. Chauncy, trans., W. W. Goodwin, ed.
On the Procreation of the Soul in Timaeus , J. Philips, trans., W. W. Goodwin, ed.
On the Sign of Socrates, P. H. De Lacy and B. Einarson, trans.
To an Uneducated Ruler, H. N. Fowler, trans.


Life of Plotinus
Life of Pythagoras of Samos

Proclus Diadochus

The Elements of Theology, E. R. Dodds, trans.
Fragments that Remain of the Lost Writings of Proclus, Thomas Taylor, trans.

Erwin Rohde

Psyche: The Cult of Souls and Belief in Immortality Among the Greeks, I.
Psyche: The Cult of Souls and Belief in Immortality Among the Greeks, II.


“On the God Within Us”, Moral letters to Lucilius

Paul Shorey

The Unity of Plato's Thought
What Plato Said

Edouard Schuré

Pythagoras and the Delphic Mysteries

A. E. Taylor

Elements of Metaphysics, I
Elements of Metaphysics, II
The Faith of a Moralist, I
The Faith of a Moralist, II
The Laws of Plato
“The Metaphysical Problem, its Bearing Upon Ethics”
“Mind and Nature”
Philosophical Studies, Part I
Philosophical Studies, Part II
“The Place of Psychology in the Classification of the Sciences”
Platonism and Its Influence Plato: The Man and His Work, I
Plato: The Man and His Work, II
The Problem of Conduct, Phenomenology of Ethics
“Self-Realization — A Criticism”

Katja Vogt


William Whewell

The Elements of Morality, I
The Elements of Morality, II
Systematic Morality
Foundations of Morals
History of Moral Philosophy
Joseph Butler’s Sermons on Human Nature, Preface

Thomas Whittaker

The Neo-Platonists: A Study in the History of Hellenism

Eduard G. Zeller

Plato and the Older Academy, I
Plato and the Older Academy, II
Plato and the Older Academy, III

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Library, “a collection of books; a place in which literary, musical, artistic, or reference materials are kept for use but not for sale.” The equivalent word for library in most Romance languages survives only in the sense of a “bookseller’s shop” (French libraire, and Italian libraria). Old English had bochord, literally a “book hoard.”

Etymology of library: Latin librarium “chest for books,” from liber (genitive libri) “book, paper, parchment.”


Harper, Douglas. “Etymology of library.” Online Etymology Dictionary. November 18, 2021.

Merriam-Webster, “Knowledge.” Dictionary. May 27, 2022.

Merriam-Webster, “Library.” Dictionary. November 18, 2021.