I am pleased to announce that The 25th: New and Selected Christmas Essays is now available on the CiRCE website and on Amazon. While you’re waiting for The 25th to ship, join the prestigious, elite, and by-no-means massive group of people who have read Blasphemers, my short story collection.
My latest for CiRCE concerns the place of contemporary Christian music in classical Christian schools. Is it enough that a book, song, or record be “Christian”? Or, do classical Christian schools have a higher standard than “mere Christianity”? If classical schools have a higher standard than “mere Christianity,” why? And what is that standard?
In October, I will deliver a lecture entitled “The Classical Christian War on Competence” at the CiRCE Online Conference. The lecture will center on four subjects: classical writing programs, the Grammy Awards, kidnap-victim Jaycee Lee Dugard, and the following proverb of Nicolás Gómez Dávila: “Modern man is a prisoner who thinks he is free becauseContinue reading “Speaking Engagement”
My latest for CiRCE argues that bumping elbows is silly. If we cannot shake hands, we should do the sensible, traditional, meaningful thing and bow to one another.
For everyone who helped give Proverbial a perfect score on Apple after eighty ratings, thank you.
“Parent: Given the profound importance of recent events, I wondered what changes you planned on making to your curriculum for the coming year. Gibbs: That’s a question traditionalists have been asked for over two hundred years now. Ever since the French Revolution, there has been an endless succession of “profoundly important recent events” that areContinue reading “Is Classical Education On The Right Side Of History?”
At the end of a long lecture on some esoteric philosophical or theological subject, a teacher often wants to tell his students, “Alright, now go live your lives!” When he says this, he means, “Go on a long walk. Go write a poem for a girl. Go get a job. Go quit the job becauseContinue reading “Go Live Your Lives”
My latest for CiRCE is about just how difficult the coming school year is going to be and how teachers need to spiritually and intellectually prepare for it.
My latest for CiRCE concerns the saying, “Fake It Till You Make It.” Is this good advice? Is there any alternative? Offensiveness rating: 3/5
As have many classical educators, over the last several years I have written quite a lot about the need for teachers to “inspire wonder” in their students. But I have also written quite a lot about the need for classical schools to have a few dogmas, a few beliefs that simply aren’t up for debate.Continue reading “Grow A Spine”