I’m guest posting again on my wife’s blog this week. I’m sharing ideas that I’ve been contemplating about how the trivium, mimesis, and hermeneutics work together. Here’s the first of the post, but you can click on the links below to continue reading more about this fascinating subject.
Classical education is such a rich subject – a fascinating mine to explore. As one goes deeper, discoveries only get more thrilling. How did people learn back then? We know people in the past were far from unintelligent (even the Myans continue to blow our minds). Why then are we so intimidated by their methods? Modern ideas are just experiments, and the structure and basis for our thought are much different than the past. As ideas from the distant past are brought to light, we begin to see really how stable they are, at least compared to the ideas in the post-modern, relativistic pluralism of our culture. There is a lot of truth to what has been said in the past regarding education, and about methods that aim to keep the nature of a human in the forefront. To be sure, the classic thinkers of Greece did not have the same understanding of man as is presented in God’s infallible Word, though they were idealists. As men of thought who valued virtue and devalued vice for the sake of their country, they came upon observations that proved to be time-tested in the end. Due in large part to their observations, they had a deep understanding of how a human went from not knowing to knowing.