Angelina Stanford

Angelina Stanford has an MA in English literature from the University of Louisiana, graduating Phi Kappa Phi, and has taught in various Christian classical classrooms for over 20 years.  She is currently teaching the Great Books online to high school students at the Harvey Center for Family Learning and recently joined the online faculty of the Circe Academy.  She’s also the co-star of the popular Circe podcast “Close Reads.”  She has a particular interest in myths, fairy tales, and understanding literature through the study of mythological archetypes and biblical typologies—as well as a mild obsession with the influence of Celtic fairy stories and Celtic Christianity on the development of British literature.  She also has a more than mild obsession with Wendell Berry.​​

Angelina Stanford Jan 25, 2012
A few days ago I stumbled onto a conversation about politics and world affairs. It didn’t take long before someone made the oft-repeated remark that the world is such a different place from when the Constitution was written. The Founders could not have imagined the world we live in, she argued. She stopped short of saying it outright but the implication was that since the world is a different place than the 1780s, the Constitution is irrelevant.
Angelina Stanford Jan 18, 2012
I am a bona fide city girl. I don’t like being outside. I don’t like animals. And I don’t want to know where my food comes from. As far as I am concerned the boneless skinless chicken breast is the ultimate expression of the triumph of modernity. At least that all used to be true of me.
Angelina Stanford Jan 11, 2012
As I’ve been thinking through my educational goals for 2012, I find myself reflecting on my days as an athlete. I’ve been on several teams that were undefeated in conference play, and I was always perplexed when my coach would schedule games against superior teams that were not in our conference.
Angelina Stanford Jan 4, 2012
It’s that time of year when folks start making resolutions. In that spirit, as well as the spirit of learning from the past, consider the remarkable resolutions of Jonathan Edwards, the great Puritan father. This is Part Two is a Two-part series. You can find Part One here.  ~
Angelina Stanford Dec 30, 2011
It's that time of year when folks start making resolutions. In that spirit, as well as the spirit of learning from the past, consider the remarkable resolutions of Jonathan Edwards, the great Puritan father. He wrote the following resolutions in one sitting in New Haven in 1722.  Part Two will include the resolutions that he added throughout the new year. BEING SENSIBLE THAT I AM UNABLE TO DO ANYTHING WITHOUT GOD' S HELP, I DO HUMBLY ENTREAT HIM BY HIS GRACE TO ENABLE ME TO KEEP THESE RESOLUTIONS, SO FAR AS THEY ARE AGREEABLE TO HIS WILL, FOR CHRIST' S SAKE.
Angelina Stanford Dec 21, 2011
In last week’s post, I discussed the profound and eternal truths that can be found in works of fiction. In this week’s post, I’d like to examine the deep truths contained in fairy tales by analyzing “Sleeping Beauty.” There are some variations in the French and German versions of this story, but the major plot points are basically the same. Both stories open with the birth of a beloved and much anticipated baby girl. At her christening, the princess is cursed by an embittered fairy: she will prick her finger and she will die. The curse of death hangs upon her.
Angelina Stanford Dec 14, 2011
When I was a kid I was taught by my elementary teachers that non-fiction books are true and that fiction books are not true. I bet most of us were taught that same distinction. But as an adult I have discovered that these categories are very misleading and problematic. I regularly hear Christians reason thus: Christians love the truth and stay away from things that are not true; therefore our family only reads non-fiction. We don’t want our children wasting time reading books that are not true.
Angelina Stanford Dec 7, 2011
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Angelina Stanford Nov 30, 2011

There never was a time when those that read at all, read so many books by living authors rather than books by dead authors. Therefore there was never a time so completely parochial, so completely shut off from the past.” T.S. Eliot

Angelina Stanford Nov 25, 2011
Politically correct historical revisionists have long targeted the Pilgrims and Puritans, downplaying their sincere religious devotion and accusing them of everything from moral hypocrisy to acts of atrocity. Recently I’ve noticed a new line of attack.  In a public school American history textbook, several chapters are devoted to the Native Indian tribes, but only a two-sentence paragraph even mentions the Pilgrims.  That’s one way to disassociate yourself with a Christian past you’d rather forget, just pretend it never happened.