New Book Club Explores Dickensian Themes of Social Justice and Community

Regarded by many readers as the greatest novelist of the Victorian period, Charles Dickens was also an esteemed and often controversial social critic. Within the context of his non-fiction and literary works, Dickens explored themes of social justice, ethics and ministry.

Christian Theological Seminary’s library invites the Central Indiana community to take part in a “Year of Dickens.” The Charles Dickens: Social Justice, the City, and Christianity Book Club will hold its first meeting on February 6, from 5:15 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in Room 173 at CTS.

CTS Library Director Anthony Elia will lead the book discussion as readers ponder central themes of social justice abounding in Dickens’ works. The group will consider questions such as: What is social justice? What role does the idea and reality of “the city” play historically and in the moment? How do the works critique society’s systems of commerce society and power?

Book club participants will discuss both major and minor works by Dickens, including fiction and non-fiction titles. Beyond exploring social justice themes in the context of each book’s historical time period, discussion will examine each work’s relevance in today’s social environment.

Most meetings will be held on the last Thursday of each month. A reading schedule is available at the CTS Bookstore along with some of the titles. Contact Library Director Anthony Elia at with questions.

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