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Brian Phillips

Dr. Brian Phillips is the Director of CiRCE Consulting & the Headmaster of the CiRCE Academy.  He also serves as a pastor in Concord, NC, where he lives with his wife and their four children.

Brian Phillips May 27, 2015

C.S. Lewis once remarked, “I am almost inclined to set it up as a canon that a children’s story which is enjoyed only by children is a bad children’s story.  The good ones last.  A waltz which you can like only when you are waltzing is a bad waltz.” 

Reading the great fairy tales and classic stories to our children remains a great responsibility for all parents. 

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Brian Phillips May 26, 2015

In the opening pages of Plato: The Great Philosopher-Educator, David Diener observes that “Plato was one of the principal founders of the Western intellectual tradition, and it is nearly impossible to examine the historical development of any academic topic without, knowingly or unknowingly, addressing Plato’s views.”  Indeed, it would be nigh impossible to overestimate the impact of Plato’s thought on Western civilization. 

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Brian Phillips Mar 26, 2015

Flannery O’Connor would have turned ninety yesterday.  The Georgia-born writer authored two novels and over thirty short stories that continue to shock readers through her grotesque, often violent, characters and scenes that highlight the need for grace and redemption.  A devout Catholic in the Protestant-dominated South, O’Connor was a distinctly Christian writer whose works would never see the light of most Christian bookstores. 

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Brian Phillips Feb 18, 2015

Today, being Ash Wednesday, is the beginning of Lent for us Christians in the West.  Today, we take the first steps in our journey to Easter, the celebration of Christ’s resurrection.  As we enter this season - one of fasting, prayer, and repentance - there are particularly valuable lessons that teachers and parents should take with them. 

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Brian Phillips Feb 12, 2015

Ben Jonson wrote that William Shakespeare “was not of an age but for all time!”  The greatest English playwright - a master of tragedy, comedy, history, and sonnet - Shakespeare is one of the most prolific and influential writers in history.  So, the CiRCE Academy, is giving you more opportunities to spend time with Shakespeare!

On-Campus Classes     

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Brian Phillips Feb 3, 2015

Undefended: My favorite Father Brown mysteries by G.K. Chesterton.  I had a hard time narrowing it down, so I chose all 50-ish of them.

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Brian Phillips Feb 3, 2015

Undefended: My favorite Father Brown mysteries by G.K. Chesterton.  I had a hard time narrowing it down.  

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Brian Phillips Jan 20, 2015

 

“Of all the animals, the boy is the most unmanageable.” - Plato

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Brian Phillips Jan 8, 2015

I lay on my back, staring at the sky with my feet above me on the hill. My bike flew overhead - that much I knew - but where it landed was a mystery. The ditch crept up on me, as tends to happen on unfamiliar roads, while I was trying my best to keep up with my friend Michael. He knew the curve like the back of his hand, but I approached it way too fast and hit the embankment, flipped over my handlebars, and landed with a considerable thud. 

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Brian Phillips Dec 23, 2014

Here are a few of the noteworthy classical education stories circling the web this week:

Liberal Arts Take Wrong Direction

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