Form, Formation, and Freedom—Education and Entering the Totality of the Real

Ken Myers

Today, most public references to "form" (especially among Christians eager to be relevant and attractive) refer to superficial, structural, rhetorical, or ornamental aspects of what really matters: content. "Form" is assumed to be the (disposable) husk conveying a precious kernel. But "form" once... Read More


Considering the Way Forward—What Does All This Mean?

David Hicks

Having listened to the sessions throughout the conference, and having contemplated their various implications, David Hicks will offer an amplification for the road: What next? What do we do with everything we have heard and learned?


The Form of Reality and the Aim of Education

Peter Vande Brake

This workshop will look at the importance of the proper perspective of reality which must include the element of faith in order to comprehend the full breadth of what is real. It is with this view that we can work toward the true aim of education which seeks to link what we know to influence what... Read More


Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Book

Matthew Bianco

To a child wandering and lost in the forest, everything he meets may seem scary and uncertain. How can he know what is actually scary? What is safe? What is good? The world of books can leave wandering readers just as frightened and unsure as any forest. With so many books to choose from, how can... Read More


Form and Old Things

Joshua Gibbs

A great many classical educators do not understand the priority which classicists give to old things. This problem is so pronounced, even the logic textbooks used in classical schools often contain inconsistent, nonsense definitions of "chronological snobery." And yet, a preference for old things (... Read More


The Place of the Lion—How Charles Williams Uses Forms to Expose Our Use of Truth

Greg Wilbur

Charles Williams wrote highly original and insightful novels that merge the metaphysical with the physical. In The Place of the Lion, he weaves a story of Platonic archetypes to illustrate the many ways in which the characters (and we) misuse, manipulate, abuse, or receive Truth. As... Read More


Scientific Reductionism and the Loss of Form.mp3

Ken Myers

In The Abolition of Man, C.S. Lewis warned of the dangers involved in the modern project of the relentless "conquest of Nature." He asserted that science required "something like repentance." He tried to imagine a science that, "when it spoke of the parts it would remember the whole." Ken... Read More


Vices and Virtues—Spiritual Formation in the Classical Tradition

Heidi White

From the earliest days of the Christian faith, great theologians and leaders of the church were profoundly concerned with the development of virtue. Over the centuries, the Church Fathers and ascetics, mystics, and scholastics of the Middle Ages honed a cohesive system of thought and practice to... Read More


Literary Formation—12 Great Christian Novels and Why You Should Read Them

Martin Cothran

Two Russians, two Englishmen, two Frenchmen, three Americans, a South African, and a Nowegian . . . walk into a bar. Not really. But they do come together in this list of the greatest Christian literary works of the last two centuries. It is a list that include two Learn why these books are great... Read More


Piece of (Thunder) Cake – A Solution to the Crucial Dilemma of Teaching

Adam Andrews

Whom do we serve as teachers? The high standards of the Classical curriculum present a worthy goal for all our striving, but do these standards serve every student? What is the relationship between the twin goals of curricular excellence and student welfare? Adam suggests that answers to these... Read More