This is my academic blog, on which I discuss topics of a more advanced nature that are pertinent to the often difficult task of doing classical Christian education in our very much un-classical age.


Latest Blog Posts

Latest Blog Posts

  • Notes on “the Secular” (6): What About Secular*ism*??
    In the previous five posts of this series, I’ve made a case for why classical educators ought not to treat the secular domain as malum in se, and so ought not to use the “secular” word family as either connative […]
  • Notes on “the Secular” (5): Nothing is Evil in Itself
    Having spent four posts now defining and examining the dichotomous Sacred Vs. Secular interpretation of reality which I have dubbed “totalizing dualism,” I’ve stated several times that it is incompatible with classical education. In my last two posts for this […]
  • Notes on “the Secular” (4): Extremes are Not Virtuous
    In the first post, second post, and third post of this series, I defined and briefly examined the problem of what I call totalizing dualism in Christian thinking today about the word “secular” and its derivatives. If you are arriving […]
  • Notes on “the Secular” (3): Is the New Testament Totalizingly Dualistic?
    Last time I too-briefly walked through the question of whether the Old Testament underwrites a totalizingly dualistic approach to the matter of “the secular.” My argument is thatwWhat all those “Choose you this day whom you will serve…” type verses […]
  • Notes on “the Secular” (2): Is the Old Testament Totalizingly Dualistic?
    In the first post of this series, I laid out what I call the problem of totalizing dualism as a common way of viewing “the secular” in classical education circles. In this and the followinng post I want to review […]
  • Notes on “the Secular” (1): The Problem of Totalizing Dualism
    Initial disclosure: I was raised in the 1980s and came of age in the 1990s, and so, like pretty much any other conservative Christian of this stripe, my mind and heart got packed full of militant rhetorical posturing about the […]
  • Politics Rightly Conceived
    Politics. Love it, hate it, or neither, we all think we know what it is. I’ll wager that when you hear this word politics associations like these, spelled out by the online Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary, readily come to mind: a: the […]
  • “Sixty Centuries Are Looking Down On Us”
    A few years ago, I wrote a short critique about optimism in classical education circles, an issue I feel strongly about because I think that for the most part that type of optimism may be evidence of an intellectual and […]
  • Volo, Ergo Sum (“I Want, Therefore I Am”)
    A problem with identity politics is that Christians are supposed to find our most fundamental identity in the unchanging Christ, not in entirely contingent circumstances of our personal desires and wills. Yet every last one of us has been shaped […]