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

  • 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 […]
  • “All Men Desire to Know” (3)
    In the previous installment, I argued that: “All men want to know.”  Indeed, but there are frequently worlds of difference wrapped up in that seemingly simple word want. As classical educators, we should be far more invested than we are (as […]
  • “Classical” Isn’t About the Color of Her Hair
    Thanks to several decades of tireless work by many dedicated Christians, the term “classical education” has become virtually a household word. It’s so common, in fact, and so copiously discussed, that if you frequent “classical education” circles, you may easily […]
  • “All Men Desire to Know” (2)
    In light of the introductory post to this series, I will here engage with the first of the three questions I posed. Arising directly from Aristotle’s discussion of the topic that all human beings desire by nature to know, the […]
  • “All Men Desire to Know” (1)
    Aristotle opens his Metaphysics with the famous line, “All men by nature desire to know.” What better teleological hope could a classical educator adopt than this? Of course, we will adopt it in the context of the necessary confession that […]
  • Orpheus and Orphism (Pt. 2)
    Most scholarly sources I’ve consulted acknowledge one critical fact about Orphism: there is a real paucity of records from the time period in which it arose (apparently 6th century B.C.). Thus, scholarship teaches us by its wide disagreement over many […]
  • Classical Education and Money
    Note: The following essay is a rough draft of a work long in progress, and I am posting it here only to solicit feedback, either positive or negative.  Please comment on this post if you wish. The title of this […]
  • Orpheus and Orphism (Part 1)
    Given that engaging mythology is a significant part of classical Christian education, it’s likely that most of us have some familiarity with the figure of Orpheus. Sometimes he is reported as the son of the god Apollo and the Muse […]
  • Glossary of Terms (Myth Conceptions)
    Below is a glossary of basic terms necessary for a properly studied Christian view of classical mythology. Lacking a broad understanding of the concepts at work “behind” the myths, Christian critiques of pagan thought run the significant risk of being […]