Of Stories & Cities
| |

And we’re back with more from The Great Tradition: Classical Readings on What It Means to Be an Educated Human Being! Chrysostom was an early church father nicknamed “Golden Mouthed” for his eloquence. He received a Greek liberal arts education from a pagan, then went on to study theology under a respected teacher. He taught the Bible with a plain understanding instead of interpreting with elaborate allegories, which was the common at that time. He spent two years of his … Read More

Early Childhood Education in Early Christianity
| |

And we’re back with more from The Great Tradition: Classical Readings on What It Means to Be an Educated Human Being! Arranged chronologically, the book is a source of what true education has been known to be – and ideas for how to impart it – since Ancient Greeks started philosophizing about it. True education, noble and worthy training of the heart and mind, has been known by various names throughout the ages: liberal, humanist, classical. However, the aim has … Read More

All virtue is God’s virtue
| |

Of course this title is a play on the saying (often applied in similar discussions) that all truth is God’s truth. Therefore, we say, as Christians we can study truth no matter where we find it. In the same way, Basil the Great of Cappadocia (bishop, scholar, and teacher in the 4th century) says we can study and apply virtue wherever we find it. After all, he concurs with the ages before and after himself, the point of education is … Read More

Virtue is generous.
|

A classical education is an education in the liberal arts tradition; it is a liberal education. A liberal education is for a free man, yes, and helps to make a man free – it is a liberating education – but what is a liberal education? Here’s Webster’s dictionary: a liberal education: wide-ranging, broad-based, general. and other definitions of liberal include generous and broad-minded. So how you But we, believing that the normal child has powers of mind which fit him … Read More

Christ leads us to virtue.
| |

And now, at long last, we enter the period of the early church fathers in The Great Tradition: Classical Readings on What It Means to Be an Educated Human Being. Clement of Alexandria was one of the first to start writing out a defense of the traditional education in Greek philosophy, even for Christians. He was not the last, and I’m excited to delve into this era. Next week I’ll highlight his defense of Greek philosophy, but because that’s not … Read More

Knowledge bears fruit
|

I’m getting excited. In my very slow reading through The Great Tradition: Classical Readings on What It Means to Be an Educated Human Being, I’m approaching the end of the classical period and entering the early church phase. Philo straddles the gap in a particular way. He is not Roman, though he lives in Alexandria as a contemporary to Jesus. He is, rather, an educated and politically-influential Jew – a scribe, we might call him. Perhaps he was a Pharisee, … Read More

1 2 3