On Classical Education and Being a Classical Teacher

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Dialectic: The Lost Classical Art of Conversation (Part 3...

In the previous two parts of this essay, I defined and analyzed dialectic as conversation.  The goal of dialectic is not to win.  Dialectic is not a contest.  It is not a debate.  It is not a war.  It is a mutual quest for truth, carried on (generally) with decency and respect for the other […]

Dialectic: The Lost Classical Art of Conversation (Part 2...

One of the problems of our age is that we confuse having faith with not having questions.  More clearly, we confuse having questions with having doubts.  Our culture continually demands that Christians bow to its assumptions about truth and modify their faith accordingly.  This milieu of 24/7, top-to-bottom unbelief has created a Christian culture characterized […]

Dialectic: The Lost Classical Art of Conversation (Part 1...

A major component of classical education is the discipline of dialectic.  Sometimes this word is used as a synonym for “logic,” as in the “Logic Stage” of the Dorothy Sayers’ model of the trivium, but the term is broader than that.  In its broader sense, dialectic means rational conversation, typically conducted in a mutually respectful […]