How Do You Plant a Student by Streams of Water?

How Do You Plant a Student by Streams of Water? I stand silently near the corner of a third-floor foyer, staring aimlessly out the window. It’s early in the week, only Tuesday, but already my heart is heavy, my mind is overworked, and my body is wearied—I’m fatigued in spirit. I’m praying for peace, for some semblance of sanity in the chaos that is a … Continue reading How Do You Plant a Student by Streams of Water?

Four Questions for Reading the Great Books

One of the foundational aspects of classical Christian education is our commitment to reading the Great Books. But many students, despite an increasing number of them growing up in classical Christian schools, find the jump from what they read in the earlier grades to the Great Books themselves to be a difficult and daunting task. How do we help them take this next step in … Continue reading Four Questions for Reading the Great Books

Can Virtue Be Taught?

“My days were spent in close attention, that I might more speedily master the language; and I may boast that I improved more rapidly than the Arabian, who understood very little and conversed in broken accents, whilst I comprehended and could imitate almost every word that was spoken. “While I improved in speech, I also learned the science of letters as it was taught to … Continue reading Can Virtue Be Taught?

My Top Five Books of 2019 (Kyle Rapinchuk)

As usual, my reading plan looks very little like my actual reading list. Circumstances come along, questions get raised in class, I learn about new books being released, and I discover old treasures I had previously overlooked, and I inevitably start reading books not on my list, while relegating those on the list further down, to be read another day, and alas, another year. But … Continue reading My Top Five Books of 2019 (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

Illumination and The Mechanical Arts (St. Bonaventure, On the Reduction of the Arts to Theology, Part 7) 

Illumination and The Mechanical Arts (St. Bonaventure, On the Reduction of the Arts to Theology, Part 7)  Sections 11-14 In section 11, Bonaventure moves on from sense knowledge to show how divine wisdom likewise illumines the mechanical arts. Bonaventure compares the mechanical arts to sense knowledge because both deal with the generation and incarnation of the Word, the pattern of human life, and the union … Continue reading Illumination and The Mechanical Arts (St. Bonaventure, On the Reduction of the Arts to Theology, Part 7) 

How Do the Illuminations Lead to God? (St. Bonaventure, On the Reduction of the Arts to Theology, Part 6)

How Do the Illuminations Lead to God? (St. Bonaventure, On the Reduction of the Arts to Theology, Part 6) Sections 8-10 After asserting that all six illuminations find their source in the Light, Bonaventure continues in the next sections to explain “howthe other illuminations of knowledge are to be traced back to the light of sacred Scripture” (47). In sections 8-10, Bonaventure looks at how sense … Continue reading How Do the Illuminations Lead to God? (St. Bonaventure, On the Reduction of the Arts to Theology, Part 6)

Knowledge, Creation, and the Sacred Light of Scripture (St. Bonaventure, On the Reduction of the Arts to Theology, Part 5)

Knowledge, Creation, and the Sacred Light of Scripture (St. Bonaventure, On the Reduction of the Arts to Theology, Part 5) Sections 6-7 In sections six and seven, Bonaventure clarifies that although the “light coming down from above is fourfold,” there are nevertheless actually six differentiations of this light: sacred Scripture, sense perception, mechanical arts, rational philosophy, natural philosophy, and moral philosophy.[1]The significance of this revelation for … Continue reading Knowledge, Creation, and the Sacred Light of Scripture (St. Bonaventure, On the Reduction of the Arts to Theology, Part 5)

A Review of Adorning the Dark by Andrew Peterson

Adorning the Dark (A Review) By Kyle Rapinchuk I can’t recall the first time I heard the name Andrew Peterson. I’m pretty sure it was from my friends Rusty and Sara Osborne who were already huge fans of his music and fantasy books. It was some time later before I ever listened to one of his songs. I didn’t like it. (Sorry Andrew, if I … Continue reading A Review of Adorning the Dark by Andrew Peterson

The Superior Light of Scripture (St. Bonaventure, On the Reduction of the Arts to Theology, Part 4)

The Superior Light of Scripture (St. Bonaventure, On the Reduction of the Arts to Theology, Part 4)  One of the more helpful books I read last year on education was St. Bonaventure’s On the Reduction of the Arts to Theology. Over the course of the next couple months I hope to write a series of posts on this book. Each post will provide a brief … Continue reading The Superior Light of Scripture (St. Bonaventure, On the Reduction of the Arts to Theology, Part 4)

Philosophical Knowledge and the Trivium (St. Bonaventure, On the Reduction of the Arts to Theology, Part 3)

Philosophical Knowledge and the Trivium (St. Bonaventure, On the Reduction of the Arts to Theology, Part 3)  One of the more helpful books I read last year on education was St. Bonaventure’s On the Reduction of the Arts to Theology. Over the course of the next couple months I hope to write a series of posts on this book. Each post will provide a brief … Continue reading Philosophical Knowledge and the Trivium (St. Bonaventure, On the Reduction of the Arts to Theology, Part 3)