Circe Blog
Joshua Gibbs Dec 1, 2015

Let me begin with three claims:

A. Stephen thought about his wife’s new haircut. “She does not look good,” he thought.

B. Stephen thought about his wife’s new haircut. He did not think she looked good.

C. Stephen thought about his wife’s new haircut. She did not look good.

Which of these three narrative styles is the most divine? Which is the truest? Which is the most just? Which is the most Christian? But can a narrative style be just, in and of itself? 

Andrew Kern Nov 30, 2015

Christian education must be oriented to the Truth, as I argued in my previous post. Christ is the self-proclaimed Way, Truth, and Life. He is the Logos of John 1, the Wisdom of God, the Radiance of the Father's Glory, and the Only-Begotten Son of God. 

And, Wonder of wonders, He is the Incarnate Word. 

Brian Phillips Nov 25, 2015

Thanksgiving Day joins together friends and family to feast, laugh, and reflect upon the innumerable blessings God has granted each of us (including the ones gathered around the table).  And, while Thanksgiving has sadly morphed into “Turkey Day” for many – a day to eat too much, watch football games they don’t care much about, and plan Black Friday shopping – the act of giving thanks is important.

Joshua Gibbs Nov 24, 2015

Know thyself? Late last year, NPR ran a story about online dating sites adding new gender options for user profiles. A professor from Cornell’s Sex and Gender Lab described a workshop he ran for high school students wherein all participants were asked what gender they were and one young woman said, “Squiggly.” When asked what she meant, she replied, “Well, I feel like that’s what I am in terms of my gender and sexuality. I’m squiggly.”

Andrew Kern Nov 24, 2015

Our Lord, Jesus Christ is not a specialist. He did not come to earth to do one project or to solve one problem and then go back to heaven. 

Christ is, as the Apostles John, Paul, and Peter all repeatedly assert and assume, the One in whom all things are held together. He is the Logos. 

It is not possible to express in a blog, a book, or an article all that St. John expresses in that word Logos, with which he opens his gospel and by which he identifies his beloved teacher. Perhaps words from St. Paul's epistles might help:

Cindy Rollins Nov 23, 2015

It is starting to get cold again which means it is reading (and gift-giving) season. And the perfect Christmas gift is a book to curl up with during that long, lugubrious week between Christmas and New Year’s. 

Jessica Watson Nov 19, 2015

It has been about a decade since my husband and I pulled our seven year old son from the private school he was attending to homeschool him. Five years later, we placed him in the classical, Christian school he still attends.  

Reading books like C.S. Lewis’ The Abolition of Man and Josef Pieper’s Leisure: The Basis of Culture moved us to make such decisions.  

Brian Phillips Nov 18, 2015

My family and I just enjoyed a week on Cherry Grove beach in South Carolina.  A November beach trip means deserted beaches and a far more relaxed tone to an otherwise hectic touristy area.  We took a riverboat ride down the Intercoastal Waterway, learning about erosion between cheesy live renditions of Jimmy Buffett songs (which should never be played in sub-70 degree weather). 

Josh Mayo Nov 17, 2015

Some who encounter medieval philosophy complain of too much minutiae, too many abstruse questions. Proofs. Counter-proofs. Articles. Objections. It's foreign stuff, no doubt. At the same time, we might challenge the reigning prejudice against this kind of rigorous questioning. Men like Thomas Aquinas and Duns Scotus retained the child’s love of asking questions. How embarrassing it is then that the medievals are younger than we are.                  

Joshua Butcher Nov 16, 2015

In my last post I described how my class of high school sophomores struggled to believe Socrates’ arguments that a Just man is more powerful than a Tyrant. I turned to Aristotle for consolation, who confided to me that youth desire honor and victory. They hope for their future in the body moreso than do older people. They feel ashamed to challenge conventional norms moreso, too.