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Of all things to protest in the public schools, thisseems an awfully ironic place to start.

This is great. So true.

It is truly amazing how Christians can sit in church and criticize their brethren for failing to observe man-made traditions and rules that are of minor importance to say the least, and even feverishly guard their pulpits and communion tables from those who do not adhere to their particular confessional standards, and yet they will send their children to state schools to receive ungodly learning and ungodly discipline without batting an eyelid.

The Christian Philosophy of Education Explained, by Stephen C. Perks.

As I have been trying to piece together some resources for a directed study next quarter regarding my thesis topic, I have come accross some really great stuff. Particularly, I managed to dig up these two articles (1 and 2)on the Biblical Horizons website on what Jim Jordan argues is the Hebraic method of education. He separates education into five portions which somewhat overlap with some of the trivium and also makes some interesting points regarding the particularly western heritage of the Trivium.

As I continue to develop a list of books for my directed study, I am noticing that I really need to get into some books that might argue for the Western way of thinking over and above other cultures so I can anticipate some objections to my position. I am of the opinion that one has to know their tradition in order to transcend it. You aren’t going to teach a Chinese Christian how to transcend his culture if he is well versed exclusively in Western tradition. He needs to learn his own culture next to a solid Christian theology. Any book suggestions?

If you’ve been keeping up on the controversy back east regarding the teaching of Intelligent Design, you might be interested in this news story. This looks like it could be the first in a host of similar controversies over teaching Intelligent Design in government schools.

I just happened accross David Field’s new blog the other day. Given the first couple of posts, I’m thinking I will check up on it often. Mr. Field gave a great lecture at New St. Andrew’s Disputatio as well as a great sermon at Trinity Reformed Church. Pay him a visit!

I sent off an email the other day to Dr. Philip Jenkins. His book, The Next Christendom was a huge catalyst for me in developing my thesis topic, ‘Discussing the Application of Classical Christian Education in Developing Countries’. I included a small bit of info on myself, but mostly talked about the basics of what I am hoping to cover. I gave him some links to ACCS and the the The Classical School of the Medes as well as to New Saint Andrews. I haven’t heard back from him yet but I am hopeful he will be able to point me on to some very useful resources or perhaps even put me in contact with some useful people.

Congratulations to the new NSA graduates, particularly the one who’s a (former?) contributor to this blog. Y’all deserve your accolades.

This term in our Traditio Occidentis Colloquium, we have been studying the period from 1000 A.D. to 1400 A.D. As a result, one of the primary authors we have been covering is Dante. Dante was an interesting fellow to say the least. One thing I have come across that has been by far the most interesting thing to me is the odd fact that two men, Charles Williams(of Inklings fame) and Denis de Rougemont, both well recognized scholars in their fields, took similar examinations of Dante’s work but produced very different results. Williams placed Dante squarely as a critic of the courtly love tradition while Rougemont interpreted him as having fallen victim to the courtly love tradition. Both of these mens analyses hinge upon the motive and interpretation of the character of Beatrice in the Comedy. I am planning on developing my research paper this term around this phenomena. To give you a glimpse of what I hope to cover, here is a short list of some of the books I’ll probably be using:

~ Love in the Western World by Denis de Rougemont
~ Power & Purity: The Cathar Heresy in Medieval Italy by Carol Lansing
~ The Allegory of Love by C.S. Lewis
~ Outlines of Romantic Theology by Charles Williams
~ Studies In Medieval And Renaissance Literature by C.S. Lewis
~ The Figure of Beatrice: A Study in Dante by Charles Williams

Further updates on the paper will be forthcoming.

Freedom is an interesting word. E. Michael Jones writes in his book Dionysos Rising,

Just as Wagner’s music was liberated from the domination of melody, so his emotion was liberated from the “domination” of reason, which liberation, interestingly enough, has always been the classic definition of sin.

I gave this statement a bit of thought and a number of things occured to me. America likes using freedom as a catch all word for good things. We consider it good to live in a ‘free’ country for example and we are told we have ‘freedom’ of speech. One thing however that is often overlooked is the flip side of the freedom coin. The serpent in the Garden talked about having ‘freedom’ from the restrictions of God. He used good words and twisted and perverted their meaning to result in something that isn’t freedom at all, but slavery. In many senses, this is how the use of the words freedom and liberty have come to be used today. They have lost their healthy and good meanings and are used as rhetoric for freedom and liberty to sin. Consider numerous homosexual lobbyists. It is always spoken of as ‘freedom of an alternative lifestyle’ or something similar. The rhetoric of freedom It will definitely make me think twice when I hear any phrases praising freedom or liberty…or hear people discussing what they think is “free” will.