The Lost Transcendental: Moral and Theme

The Lost Transcendental: Moral and Theme

In my last post, I examined the so-called ancient Greek “transcendentals,” truth, goodness, and beauty, and suggested that if these concepts are meant to describe qualities that bridge the gap between heaven and earth, we might be missing one. And, in fact, this lost transcendental should stand in front of the other three, like a lens that necessarily colors our attitude toward them. I am talking about grace, which recognizes our condition as flawed human beings and understands that perfect truth, goodness, and beauty can only exist in the Godhead...

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The Lost Transcendental: My Only Concern for the Classical Education Movement

The Lost Transcendental: My Only Concern for the Classical Education Movement

Prince Hal is one of my dearest friends. I met him at a critical moment in my life, and in fact, it is not entirely an exaggeration to say that he almost single-handedly saved my education.

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Fair Trials and Kangaroo Courts: An Interpretive Philosophy

Fair Trials and Kangaroo Courts: An Interpretive Philosophy

I spent March on the road traveling to homeschool conventions. These are interesting events:  educators, professionals, and entrepreneurs of every stripe fill exhibit halls with their wares and spend literal hours on concrete floors explaining their materials. Wide-eyed parents are just trying to figure it all out so that their precious charges can get what they need to survive in the world... 

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On Donna Tartt's "The Goldfinch" – The Tale of a Modern "Idiot"

On Donna Tartt's "The Goldfinch" – The Tale of a Modern "Idiot"

I recently decided to augment my reading of the classics with some current fiction by reading a Pulitzer Prize winner at night before bed. I embarked on this venture with Donna Tartt’s 2014 winner, The Goldfinch.  The book’s reviews had me ready for a detective story extraordinaire, as did its illustrious awards and reviews. 

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Joy and Death in Tolkien

Joy and Death in Tolkien

Full disclosure? I’m a Tolkien nerd. Now, before you chuckle and stop reading, visions of LARP-ers in elven robes dancing through your brain, allow me to defend myself. There are three kinds of Tolkien-ites: readers, re-readers, and fanatics. Everyone starts as a reader. Some become re-readers, and some fewer become avid re-readers. I myself read the Lord of the Rings trilogy (henceforth LOTR) way more times than I’d like to admit in writing

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