What would happen to our young people if, as classical educators, we actually took the classical texts seriously?
What I mean by that is what if we read the texts in order to try to understand them and then apply them rather than to try to deconstruct them on the basis of worldview thinking – which typically is just a code phrase for “what we already believe and do”?
What if, for instance, we took the bulk of our forbears in the faith seriously in terms of realizing that they took the classics as providing many entirely legitimate, and sometimes essential, starting points for constructing Christian thinking?
What if, instead of assuming that we already have a lock on the plain meaning of the Bible, and that we’re entirely competent as we are to use it on others as a weapon, we instead first buried ourselves in the thought and cultural worlds that produced the Bible and then used it as a weapon on ourselves, to discern the thoughts and intents of our own hearts before going after the hearts of others?
What if, instead of starting our political and economic and cultural thought with the presumed verities of our preferred American tribe, Red or Blue or Other, we instead started our political thinking with Aristotle and Plato and Augustine?
What would happen if we did such things with ourselves, in our schools, and in our churches? I wonder if we’ll ever have the courage to try to find out.