Elizabeth Do Dec 20, 2019

Why do we love a ghost story at Christmas? How does the ghost story speak to the eternity in our hearts? Out on the Mira, perhaps, around a bonfire, there we expect the “witches and werewolves and Oak Island gold.” But why now, as we celebrate starlight and the birth of a baby?

Adam Andrews Jan 31, 2018

In The Weight of Glory, C. S. Lewis cautions us against idolizing our memories of the past: “they are only the scent of a flower we have not found,” he says.

I am sure he chose that image because of a flower’s beauty, but I wonder if he had in mind how fleeting that beauty was designed to be. I wonder if he was intentionally echoing the prophet Isaiah, who said, “All men are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field…the grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God stands forever.” (40:6-8)

Adam Andrews Jan 24, 2018

Woody Allen’s 2011 movie Midnight in Paris has it all: a star-studded cast, fantastic music, beautiful settings and great camerawork. However, its greatest feature is the story itself. The protagonist is aspiring writer Gil Pender, who stumbles into a magic vortex that allows him to travel back to 1920s Paris, a place and time that he considers the high point of Western culture. He befriends all the great artists of the day, including Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Salvador Dali, Gertrude Stein, and others.

Greg Wilbur Mar 8, 2017

My sophomore year at the University of Alabama included my first introduction to Music History. Yes, the first introduction—music appreciation or history was not part of my K-12 education.  The first of the college music history classes included the Greeks through the medieval period and on to the Classical period. The overall purpose of music history, as far as I could tell, was to get as quickly as possible to the development of the symphony and beyond, to the instrumental music that is most commonly performed. It’s called the Common Practice Period for a reason.

Louis Markos Apr 2, 2015

In the first chapter of his first published work of literary criticism, The Allegory of Love (1936), Lewis, while attempting to unpack for the modern reader Chrétien de Troyes’s allegorical treatment of Love and Hate, offers this sage advice: “We have to worm our way very cautiously into the minds of these old writers: an a priori assumption as to what can, and what can not, be the expression of real imaginative experiences is the worst possible guide.” As we saw earlier, Lewis advocated, and carried out in his own work, a kind of genial criticism that respects the beliefs of the a

Peter Vande Brake Mar 6, 2014

When Dietrich Bonheoffer spoke at the 1934 ecumenical conference in Fano, Denmark he sent many of the delegates reeling. The Nazis had only been in control for one year, but Bonhoeffer was absolutely prescient in his understanding of what would come to pass in the near future if Christians did not take a stand against the National Socialist Church in Germany. He exhorted the Christians present at the conference: “It must be made quite clear—terrifying though it is—that we are immediately faced with the decision: National Socialist or Christian” (Metaxas, 234).

Andrew Kern Nov 22, 2013

It would be unethical not to acknowledge my debt on this day to one of the most influential people of the 20th century who died today. His writings explored deep ideas that were changing the world he lived in and would lead to a post-human future that nobody could desire with integrity (though they might well enjoy it plenty). He was an educator some of whose students are also remembered for their writings. 

Today in the rush of events, I tip my hat to Aldous Huxley, author of Brave New World and teacher of George Orwell, who died 50 years ago. 

Brian Phillips Nov 14, 2013

C.S. Lewis (1898-1963) was arguably the most influential Christian thinker of his time, and his thought has long outlasted him.  It would be difficult indeed to find someone who has had more influence than Lewis on the modern classical education renewal.  From his great works of fiction (The Chronicles of Narnia, Out of the Silent Planet, The Great Divorce, and The Screwtape Letters) to his books on Christianity and education (Mere Christianity and The Abolition of Man, to name a couple), Lewis has had a long reach.

Joshua Leland Oct 9, 2013

A few days ago, after I got home from work, I took my 3-year old (Ransom) and 2-year old (Calvin) outside to the old, wooden swing-set in our backyard, which is, without a doubt, one of their favorite activities. It is also one of the few things they do in near-silence, so it is one of my favorite activities now, too. 

Joshua Leland Aug 29, 2013

A Footnote to All Prayers
by C.S. Lewis