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Classical Education and “Optimism”

The world of classical education today lives within a curious dialectic. One major reason many embrace it is because they are deeply pessimistic about other kinds of education, even to the point, often, of believing other kinds to be lost causes.  Yet having embraced classical education, many of the same people swing wildly over to […]

A Needed Caution About “Worldview Thinking”

As I sometimes do, in this post I’m going to take a remark made by someone else in a different, but somewhat related, context, and use it as a springboard for some of my own thoughts.  The following remark is from R.R. Reno’s introduction to James Jordan’s The Glory of Kings: Thinking about culture—having the […]

“We Have Fought the Long Defeat”

Galadriel says of herself and Celeborn: “For the Lord of the Galadhrim is accounted the wisest of the Elves of Middle-Earth, and a giver of gifts beyond the power of kings. He has dwelt in the West since the days of dawn, and I have dwelt with him years uncounted; for ere the fall of […]

Some Thoughts on “Hebraic Thought” vs. “...

Moses Hadas, writing of the perceived radical divide between Hebraic and Greek thought and life, notes that in 1 Corinthians 1:22 the Apostle Paul characterized the Jews as seeking after signs and the Greeks as seeking after wisdom.  This remark provides a biblical root for a dichotomization between “Hebraic” and “Greek” which has come to […]

Subcreation and “The Problem of Emeth”

[Update: In the wake of some early critiques of this post, I would like to clarify that what follows is not an attempt to exposit what C.S. Lewis thought about “the problem of Emeth.”  As has been pointed out to me, it seems fairly evident that Lewis didn’t think there was a problem.  The “problem of […]

Noble and Useful

“Liberal arts?  Ha, ha, ha, what are you going to do with that?  Flip burgers?”  “What does reading Aeschylus and Cicero have to do with real life?”  “How can I get my Latin grade up so I can keep playing soccer?”  “I’m taking the ACT again because I need half a point more to get […]

A General Overview of “Biblical Worldview”

The term “worldview” refers to “the way that a person views the world.”  The way that we view the world is made up of a variety of factors, including spiritual, cultural, emotional, and intellectual ones.  Worldviews are not just thoughts rattling around in people’s heads.  Thoughts in our minds come from our hearts and reflect […]

Groping for God

Romans 1:18-32 starkly says: The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness, since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world God’s […]

Philosophy and the Classical School

As classical educators, we are committed to the articulation and practice of the Christian worldview.  Although we often list the contents of that phrase in terms of specific doctrines, it would surely be fair to summarize its origin and requirements on us as being “the fear of the Lord.”  In the Scriptures, “fearing the Lord” […]

Facing the Pagan Monster Under the Bed

Some Christians suspect classical education of corrupting young Christians by exposing them to non-Christian art, literature, and philosophy.  These Christians want to protect the young people by limiting the basis and content of education to what they call “the biblical worldview,” based entirely on the Bible. But for all the seemingly wholesome piety of this […]