Confession time: when I return from trips I am tired and grumpy and don't feel like doing anything.
As Christian classical educators we are all very passionate about what we do.
We believe in it – in the Truth, Goodness, and Beauty of it all - and we want people to see what we see, to believe in it as we do.
To become a great Christian classical teacher it is not enough to master a technique.
Instead we must receive the rain of wisdom from every source whatsoever, sometimes being reminded of something we must or might do, sometimes apprehending more firmly something we have begun to grasp, sometimes being reminded of something worth remembering.
Thus each day, receiving the grace of transformation presented by Him who is the giver of all good gifts, we become ever so slightly wiser than we were the day before.
My husband and I recently took our thirteen-year-old son to see the film version of The Hobbit. His review: “It was a little slow. The book was much more fun.”
Where did the concept of fantasy originate? For that matter where did the concept of fiction come from? Ancient man had sacred texts, but they certainly did not consider them “fantasy.”
According to Gene Veith, it was the Bible that made fantasy possible in the first place. While the Greeks emphasized imitation, the Bible emphasized creation. The universe is not an imitation but a creation out of nothing. This concept helped to provide the conceptual basis for creating stories, fiction.
Another common objection of our day is that fairy stories and fairy tales in particular are scary and violent and are therefore unfit for children.
There is no natural connection between the minds of children and fairy tales, states Tolkien.