Tag Archives: Plato

The Greco-Roman Liberal Arts: Education with Friendship and Heart

February 10, 2014

Whereas Plato and Aristotle called their students friends, today’s students are often little more than numbers. The liberal arts vision of generating a steady stream of truth-seeking leaders to flood our culture with virtue has clearly fallen on hard times.

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It’s a Wonderful Life and the Courage to Live (and Create Art) Idealistically

December 21, 2012

Few of us will ever get an invitation to an early screening of our life’s work like George did. Yet we will all appear before the judgment seat of Christ. To be a two handed warrior is to live for that heavenly red carpet affair, not its pale imitation at the Kodak theatre. Part 3 of our annual repost of one of the most read THW series.

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Capra’s Tale of a Depressed Idealist: It’s a Wonderful Life, Part 2

December 20, 2012

Part 2 of annual repost of most read series in THW’s brief history:
It’s a Wonderful Life (1946) provides a wonderful expression of the complicated interplay between modern Physicalism and Idealism as life-interpreting stories in the life of its main character, George Bailey.

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It’s a Wonderful Worldview: Frank Capra’s Theistic Masterpiece

December 19, 2012

Annual repost of the most read series in THW’s brief history. Hollywood legend Frank Capra made It’s a Wonderful Life specifically to, in his words, “to combat a modern trend toward atheism.” This appears to make atheists like Ricky Gervais the ideal target audience for his beloved favorite.

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The Greco-Roman Liberal Arts: When Students Were More Than Just Numbers

July 13, 2011

Whereas Plato and Aristotle called their students friends, today’s students are often little more than numbers. The liberal arts vision of generating a steady stream of truth-seeking leaders to flood our culture with virtue has clearly fallen on hard times.

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Why my Christian education has troubled me, by Mike Friesen

May 3, 2011

Not everything that claims to be ‘Christian’ education is actually Christlike Mike Friesen is one of my favorite former students, 20-something bloggers, and friends.  He asked me to respond to his blog post yesterday (5/2). It fit so remarkably with the meetings I was in last week that I asked him if I could repost […]

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The Golden Globes, Ricky Gervais’ Atheism and Sentimental Hogwash: It’s a Wonderful Life, Part 1

December 21, 2010

Golden Globes host Ricky Gervais’s Atheism joke and recent essay in the Wall Street Journal “Why I’m An Atheist,” provide a great background for examining an all-time great Christmas movie and one of the best defenses of Theism in Hollywood history–It’s a Wonderful Life.

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