What I Read Online – 05/04/2012 (p.m.)

05 May
    • Christian parents have a biblical mandate to raise their children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord (Eph. 6:4). Traditional Christian schools have done many good things, but a more classical approach relying on the “tools of learning” has better potential to train up children in ways consistent with Scripture. Wilson relied on a seminal essay by Dorothy Sayers, “The Lost Tools of Learning” (a lecture originally given in 1947). Sayers argued that the best way to recover true education in our day was by “turning back the clock” and adopting a form of the medieval syllabus. Sayers attended more to the trivium (grammar, dialectic, and rhetoric) than the quadrivium (arithmetic, music, geometry, astronomy), but she affirmed the legitimacy of both.
    • First, classical and Christian schools are generally committed to some sort of word-based or word-centered education
    • Second, classical and Christian schools are almost always committed to recovering the great books of the Western intellectual tradition and attending to the past more generally.
    • Third, classical schools are committed—to some degree—to the importance of the classical languages
    • Fourth, classical schools, in various ways, are also trying to recover the second and third components of the trivium—dialectic and rhetoric. Dialectic is the practice of trying to deepen one’s understanding of truth through back-and-forth conversation and debate. Rhetoric is perhaps best defined as the art of fitting communication (whether in the written or spoken word). You will find students at classical schools studying logic (a component of dialectic), engaging in debate, learning via the Socratic method, and honing their schools through repeated opportunities to communicate both through writing and speaking.
    • Fifth, classical education affirms that there is an overarching telos or “goal” at the center of true education.
    • The best Christian education sees this task as a transformative endeavor that prepares students for (1) a meaningful, faithful, wise, virtuous life in the present, and also for (2) our ultimate destiny—to one day see God face-to-face and know him fully.
    • education is about the formation and transformation of a boy or girl into the man or woman—under God—they ought to be.
    • Any parents can create space for this flourishing simply by turning off the television (or closing the computer screen), starting a fire, and sitting as a family reading a good book.
    • Parents can also begin—when appropriate—to let children join certain adult conversations about theology, politics, and other topics.
    • As I have argued in The Gospel and the Mind: Recovering and Shaping the Intellectual Life, we are ultimately shaped and transformed by the gospel itself—which is the only means and way by which we will ever see God face-to-face and become whom God has intended.
    • “Submit” is a kingdom and citizenship word. It recognizes the presence of an authority established by King Jesus. It speaks to a changed (new) identity. It suggests that you now belong to a new nation, a new people, a new family. And it suggests that all the new benefits you receive as a member of this nation and family also come with a set of obligations that are not so easily dispensed of.
    • Don’t tell me you’re united to and committed to the Church—capital C—unless you are united to and committed to a local church: “for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen” (1 John 4:20).
    • Less abstractly, our membership in a local church is where our discipleship to Christ takes shape.
    • The local church is the place on earth where the citizens of heaven can, at this moment, find official recognition and asylum.
    • The local church guards the reputation of Christ by sorting out the true professors from the false.
    • That said, whether a pastor or non-pastor, you want to help your church move toward something like formalized membership for three simple reasons: (1) every Christian needs to know which other Christians he or she is specifically responsible for; (2) every Christian needs to know which church leaders he or she needs to submit to (Heb. 13:17; 1 Pet. 5:5); (3) every church leader needs to know which Christians he will give an account for (Heb. 13:17; 1 Pet. 5:2). When you show up at your weekly gathering, and when you disperse throughout the week, who is the “we” of Christ’s body for whom you are responsible? Don’t just say you’re responsible for all the kids in your neighborhood. What kids has God made you responsible for?

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