The Via Christa Library

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: a collection of books and periodicals held in a library."

Edna Lister was dedicated to educating the whole person, including heart, mind and soul. Thus, we who travel the Via Christa advocate being well-educated, and devoted to lifelong learning, especially in the fields of science, psychology, metaphysics, philosophy and mysticism.

Edna Lister was an avid reader with philosophically eclectic tastes, yet favoring Pythagoras, Plato, the Stoics, Plotinus and the British and American Idealists. She loved mysteries, which she claimed sharpened one's powers of logic and deductive thinking, and science fiction, which she said was "history, pre-written." She read a great deal of material that her sons subscribed to, including Popular Science, Popular Mechanics, Amazing Stories, Science Fiction, etc.

Her sons, although born twelve years apart to different fathers, were close and good friends as well as family. The older son, Russell J. Elliott, was a mining engineer, as was his stepfather, Henry T. Abstein, Sr. Their younger son, Henry T. Abstein, Jr., was an aerospace engineer with Boeing and Hughes Aerospace Group. She credited her continuing education to her boys.

We have found several reading lists, which Edna Lister suggested, among her students' papers. 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 in educating women.

Her dream of being college-educated came true after she turned thirty (1925-1934), when Dr. Thomas Parker Boyd sponsored her matriculation 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 tutelage.

Building an Ideal Library for Ascension

Edna Lister's Books: Although her literary output was limited to four books and several pamphlets and essays, her major achievement is found in the many thousands of pages of sermon and lecture outlines she created for teaching and preaching.
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Thomas Parker Boyd's Books: Dr. Boyd, an Anglican priest, who believed in hands-on spiritual healing, was Edna Lister's mentor and business partner.
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Recommended Reading: A booklist for various areas of study.
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The Great Philosophers: These philosophers and their translated works are the seminal thinkers of the Judeo-Christian ethic and the basis of Western thought.
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Bibliography: The books and authors referred to on The Via Christa.
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Poems to Inspire the Soul: The poems, plays, essays and other writings quoted on The Via Christa, which support its uniquely Western moral and ethical base.
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Quotes to Ponder: Certain thoughts and writings quoted on The Via Christa, which support its uniquely Western moral and ethical base.
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Appendices: The detailed explanations of certain topics and concepts mentioned frequently on The Via Christa.
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Etymology of library: A place for books, from Anglo-French librarie, Old French librairie, librarie "collection of books; bookseller's shop" (14th C.), from Latin librarium "book-case, chest for books," and libraria "a bookseller's shop," from Latin librarium "chest for books," from liber (genitive libri) "book, paper, parchment."

The equivalent word for library in most Romance languages survives only in the sense of "bookseller's shop" (French libraire, Italian libraria). Old English had bochord, literally "book hoard."

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