The Landscape of History: The Purpose of Studying History and the Method of the Historian

Recently I have been reading John Lewis Gaddis’ excellent work, The Landscape of History, and Gaddis helpfully addresses both the purpose of studying history and the method of the historian. The responsibility of each subject to justify itself in the curriculum is perhaps inevitable, but history seems often to be one that requires the most questioning, even in classical Christian education. The justifying answer most … Continue reading The Landscape of History: The Purpose of Studying History and the Method of the Historian

Building a Foundation (King, Kingdom, and Kingdom People Series #1)

In recent years, the Christian faith in America has seemed like little more than an enormous episode of Survivor. Far from attempting to build a society of justice, peace, welfare, and human flourishing (what the Hebrew authors called shalom), Christians have all too often seemed to hide in defensive positions, shutting themselves in metaphorical (and sometimes literal) bomb shelters as they await the end of … Continue reading Building a Foundation (King, Kingdom, and Kingdom People Series #1)

An Apology for Star Wars

(Spoiler warning: I will discuss aspects of the most recent Star Wars film as if my readers have seen it or simply don’t care if I ruin it, so if you wish to see the film and not know what happens before you go, stop reading, go see the movie, and come back and read this afterwards) I have undertaken to write an apology for … Continue reading An Apology for Star Wars

My Top 5 Books of 2017 (Kyle Rapinchuk)

As 2017 draws to a close, I have been planning a reading list for next year. Some of the books on that list have been on my list for a while, and others are making a new appearance based on recommendations from others or books I came into contact with through another book I read this year. I always find it helpful to get recommendations … Continue reading My Top 5 Books of 2017 (Kyle Rapinchuk)

The Promised King Has Come

Merry Christmas from The Classical Thistle! We pray that you will enjoy this season with your family and friends and remember that God has become flesh and that our Savior will come again. I wanted to share with you a Christmas poem that I performed for our church’s Christmas Eve services. The goal of the poem is to put the Christmas story in a whole … Continue reading The Promised King Has Come

The Structure of Phantastes and a Lesson in Humility

You can read about the origin of this paper in my previous post, “Going Back to High School.” You can read the paper in PDF form here. “The Structure of Phantastes and a Lesson in Humility” By Kyle Rapinchuk Some may believe that fantasy exists as a genre without structure. If the laws of time, space, and gravity cannot constrain the plot, how could something as simple as … Continue reading The Structure of Phantastes and a Lesson in Humility

Going Back to High School

Last week I celebrated two years since my PhD graduation. It’s hard to believe that after pre-K through doctorate, with only two short breaks (one year between college and masters, and six months between masters and PhD) in between, I am forever done with my formal education. In fact, it has now been over four years since my last PhD seminar. I thought about this … Continue reading Going Back to High School