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Joshua Gibbs Apr 22, 2014

Is Hell locked from the inside? Dante seems to think so. Few residents of the Inferno object. From time to time they pitch a sob story, but none of them has a sense of the infinite, and so they don’t know how to long for something better. For the last several weeks, my Medieval history class has bantered back and forth various arguments in favor of Hell being locked from the inside or from the out. It is easy to take simple comfort in the notion that Hell is locked from the inside; in such a scenario, the only persons who go to Hell are those who truly prefer Hell to Heaven.

David Kern Apr 21, 2014

Welcome to the Sweet 16 of the 2014 Great Books bracket. In round two Aristotle took a beating, Shakespeare was eliminated altogether, and Homer won handily. None of the matchups were very close at all and there were no significant upsets at all. 

Here is the update bracket. 


And here's the more detailed breakdown of the round 2 matchups. 


Stratford Caldecott Apr 17, 2014

How should Christian classical educators in the early 21st century evolve, and on what points should we stand fast in the face of the rising tide of progressivism and modernism?

I want to focus on one point in particular, namely the teaching of sexuality and sexual ethics. In the last few years, we have seen a rapid change in the behavior of teens amounting to a catastrophic decline of sexual morality. It is hard to see how this might be reversed. How can we teach children in a class of mixed beliefs that one doctrine applies to all?

Bryan Simpers Apr 16, 2014

“Treason, proditio, in its very name (which is borrowed from the French) imports a betraying, treachery, or breach of faith.

Cindy Rollins Apr 16, 2014

I suppose that the trivium is such a powerful tool because it is rooted in the natural and the supernatural: The Trinity. Three is the essence of the metaphysical.  I once heard someone say that if you asked a math genius their favorite number it would be divisible by 3. This is how I know I am not a math genius.

 When you stumble upon a cord of three it is a good idea to pay attention.

Grammar, Logic, Rhetoric.

Truth, Goodness, Beauty.

Wisdom, Knowledge, Understanding.

David Kern Apr 15, 2014

Welcome to Round 2 of the 2014 Great Books Bracket.

Round 1 was, shall we say, full of surprises. It appears that the Lutherans banded together and pushed Martin Luther's Bondage of the Will through to the second round in a fairly monumental upset over Aristotle's seminal and incredibly important Organon. That or a lot of you just don't like logic. Meanwhile, in the same bracket, Euclid's Works managed to secure the similarly surprising upset against the works of the Cappadocian Fathers. Our response: No comment.

Andrew Kern Apr 14, 2014

Start by asking them if they know of any situations where they have been or have seen people afraid to act because they don’t know who is on their side and who is against them.

Andrew Kern Apr 14, 2014

Yesterday launched the greatest week in human history. It was Palm Sunday and the children lined the streets with their palm branches and people sang, "Blessed is He who comes in the Name of the Lord," while our Lord passed between them. 

This is the week He is glorified. 

This is the week He conquers death.

This is the week He enters the Holy of Holies and sprinkles His own blood on the heavenly altar. 

Joshua Gibbs Apr 11, 2014

With Holy Week now upon us, I suspect at least a few theology teachers across the country are taking a break from their regular schedules for an investigation of the Gospel’s account of those days leading up to the Crucifixion. 

David Kern Apr 9, 2014

So now that the NCAA College Basketball Tournament is over and you are thoroughly annoyed that you didn't win Warren Buffett's billion dolllar challenge, it's time to vote on a real bracket: The CiRCE Institute's 2014 Great Books Bracket.