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 Nov 16, 2011
If you have spent any time at all immersed in the world of the CiRCE Institute, you know that there is a great emphasis on learning not only to teach from, but to live our lives from, a place of peace and rest. Our God is a God of peace, not anxiety; therefore, our lives should be marked by that same peace.  This, of course, seems impossible to those of us caught up in a modern pattern of living marked by unproductive busyness and anxiety.
Angelina Stanford Nov 10, 2011
A popular argument against sexual purity is that human beings simply cannot control themselves sexually. “Experts” assure us with authority that because people are waiting longer than ever to get married, it is simply unrealistic to expect men and women to wait for marriage. This argument is gaining ground in Christian circles as well. A recent study reported high percentages of Christians engaging in fornication, and the Church largely just throws up its hands and admits defeat. After all, people today are postponing marriage like never before. How can we expect them to wait?
Angelina Stanford Nov 2, 2011
I pulled out one of my all-time favorite CiRCE talks this week, “Communications Technologies as Engines of Unrest” by Ken Myers (which you can purchase here).  Listening to this lecture back in 2007 changed my life as I discovered the source of the restlessness I had been struggling with. The questions Myers raises are even more relevant today with the popularity of smartphones and social networking.
Angelina Stanford Oct 20, 2011
A few years ago I worked as a tutor helping inner-city children pass the LEAP, a standardized test that all Louisiana public school students in 4th and 8th grades must pass. It’s an exit exam, ensuring that all students have a mastery of the basics of math and English. It sounds so good in theory. Who would be opposed to students mastering the fundamentals? Who would be opposed to accountability and standards?
Angelina Stanford Oct 12, 2011
I’ve been reading Of Plymouth Plantation by William Bradford. As I read more about this remarkable group of men and women who desired to follow their convictions and who attempted, despite overwhelming difficulties and seeming impossibilities, to build true Christian community and to advance the kingdom of Christ, I was struck by how much their experience echoed my own experiences starting up a Christian classical school. 1. They did it for their children.
Angelina Stanford Oct 5, 2011
In his novel Hannah Coulter, Wendell Berry notes that, for moderns, education means leaving.  Moving up has become synonymous with moving on - and moving away. At this year’s CiRCE Conference, Ken Myers in his talk “On Cultural Authority” echoed Berry’s thoughts when he lamented that people today think, Where can I go to use my gifts? Instead of, How can I use my gifts where I am?
Angelina Stanford Aug 10, 2011

  The relationship between Feminism and the church - and the current debate surrounding Feminism -  cannot be understood without first closely examining the historical roots of Feminism. As with any idea, we must first figure out how we got where we are before we can determine how to proceed.

Angelina Stanford Jan 24, 2011

Before I begin part two of my discussion of Jean-Jacques Rousseau, I’d like to clarify some confusion from Part I

Angelina Stanford Nov 3, 2010

Few men have exerted the far-reaching influence of Jean-Jacques Rousseau. 

In the eighteenth century, a time when the influence of writers dominated, Rousseau was most influential.  From educational and parenting theory and moral relativism to the political theories of Marx, the rise of totalitarianism, and revolutions from France to Russia, almost every ill of the modern age can trace its philosophical and spiritual roots to the writings and life of Jean-Jacques Rousseau.  How’s that for a legacy?