ADVICE TO MY DAUGHTER 2: BEAUTY

by Lou Markos on September 4, 2014

If the central male virtue is courage, then the central female virtue is beauty.

But let us understand what is meant by courage and beauty. To speak of courage as the central male virtue is not to suggest that all true men have to be built like football players and serve in the army. Though physical strength can certainly aid a man in his quest to be courageous, the second does not rely upon the first. [click to continue…]

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Don’t Just Be Nice: A Higher Education (II/IV)

by John Mark Reynolds on September 3, 2014

Hinton Center with PillarsAs the bill for school comes due, many of us ask: “Why pay for higher education?” The answer is found in Scripture and founded the university. Even if most schools have forgotten the foundations, there are a few educational leaders who remember.

Let’s Be Nice When We Can

The leader of real education recently spoke on starting the long road to graduation. My first take on his lecture  also recommended listening to the entire talk: do. Part of what he says hinges on the double meaning of the word: nice.

Being called “nice” should be a good thing, even if now many use it as an insult: damning with niceness. My wife, the fairest flower in Christendom, got so sick of being called “nice” that she started being rude, at least for her personality, whenever people said she was “nice.”

But being nice is good. Nice people may finish last, but they finish last in races that nobody should be proud of winning. We should all be nice to each other, this is good manners, but being “nice” is not worth tens of thousands of dollars.

President Sloan believes many Christian colleges do not know why they exist and so miss the mark. [click to continue…]

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A Higher Education (I/IV)

by John Mark Reynolds on September 2, 2014

Dr. Robert B. Sloan, Jr. Students return, professors are prepared, staff is ready: education continues. I love this time of year: fresh Moleskine for my notes, reading Homer and Thucydides for class, getting ready for HBU’s first home football game. . . ever.

But what is it that we returned to do? Higher education is in turmoil nationally about this very question, but last week I heard a great answer. Watch my University President Robert Sloan give higher education a vision, at least if you made the wrong choice and are not here to have seen it yourself, or (second best) read my thoughts on these aspirational words. Perhaps your school could watch the video and discuss the ideas in it.

My Personal Preface

If people perish without a vision, HBU will never perish with this President. [click to continue…]

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This podcast was recorded on location at the CiRCE Institute’s 2014 Classical Education Conference.

CiRCE president, Andrew Kern, discusses with Dr. Reynolds and Cate MacDonald what classical education is, the difference between imperial education and classical education, the principle that children are persons, the importance of challenges, the necessity of Christ, and when Socrates would run away from a discussion.

Featuring: Andrew Kern, Dr. John Mark Reynolds, Cate MacDonald

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ADVICE TO MY DAUGHTER 1: EASIER AND HARDER

by Lou Markos on August 28, 2014

My daughter, you were born into a time and a culture where it is both easier and harder to be a girl. The reason why it is easier is pretty obvious. Over the last fifty years, girls and women have had innumerable doors thrown open to them that were not open before. You can pursue whatever major or career you would like without anyone saying, “Girls can’t do that.” [click to continue…]

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The City Podcast: Homophobia and Other Power Words

by Timothy Motte on August 25, 2014

Some words stop discussion dead.

Being committed to the Liberal Arts, this is not something we are in favor of. And yet, we still need to be able to sum up our positions in a word. We still need labels.

So today we have a political scientist, a philosopher, a Bible translator, and a Great Books educator discussing how to continue discussion in the face of words that demonize and marginalize.

Featuring: Dr. John Mark Reynolds, Cate MacDonald, Dr. Robert Stacey, Dr. David Capes

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