On Classical Education and Being a Classical Teacher

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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 […]

What Is Education?

 I             First, I’d like to discuss some common ideas that we hold today about education as a prelude to outlining the way I believe we should think about education. (1) Education is the means to get a job and make money.  Few ideas make more sense to we living in this modern world of […]

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 […]

Is The Internet Good For Us?

It would be an understatement to say that the Internet has taken our culture by storm.  Our entire lives can now be lived out in virtual reality.  Paying bills, arguing about politics, watching TV, meeting a spouse, chatting with friends, going to church, verifying how many books we have checked out at the library, renting […]

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 […]

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 […]

An Uncommon Essay on the Very Word “Classical”

In the 1990s, Turner Network Television created a category of movies it called “the new classics.”  These consisted of movies between 15-20 years old, selected for their emotional resonances with the audience who grew up watching, quoting, and imitating them.  Of course, the phrase “new classics” is nonsense because each term cancels the other out.  […]

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 […]

Classical Education and Historicity

As we know, “Classical” refers to an approach to education honored by more than 2,400 years.  Though human nature remains the same, the world was rather different then.  Any attempt to apply models and expectations from the world(s) Plato and Cicero and Augustine lived in to the world we live in will, thus, require major […]