A Defence of Classical Education
Published in Great Britain during World War I, A Defence of Classical Education saw restless ferment against the centuries-long dominance of Latin and Greek in education. If we’re to teach languages at all, the thinking went, let them be modern languages, not the “dead” ones that not a soul in the world currently spoke.
Arguing the case for the opposition came R. W. Livingstone. Over a century after its publication, Livingstone’s words read more freshly than most books churned out today. In the new age dawning of “Artificial Intelligence,” here is a case for enhancing Real Intelligence within human souls. Here is a case for making ourselves responsible for knowing the past: We become better, wiser people.
C. S. Lewis: A Critical Essay by Peter Kreeft
Before his death in 1963, C. S. Lewis found time to produce some sixty first-quality works of literary history, literary criticism, theology, philosophy, autobiography, Biblical studies, historical philology, fantasy, science fiction, letters, poems, sermons, formal and informal essays, a historical novel, a spiritual diary, religious allegory, short stories, and children’s novels. Clive Staples Lewis was not a man: he was a world.
In this critical essay, Peter Kreeft guides readers on an exploration of this world through the words of Lewis himself, in a comprehensive tour of his faith and his fiction.
On Being Civilized by Tracy Lee Simmons
Is civilization worth defending? Should we aim to conform to its precepts so we can be considered civilized? Should we aim to bring our children up according to its norms so they too can be considered civilized? None of these crucial questions can be answered unless we have a clear understanding of what civilization is or, perhaps as important, what it isn’t.
With On Being Civilized, Tracy Lee Simmons proves to be a reliable guide to a sound and historically informed understanding of civilization. This selection of his writing on multifarious topics over the last thirty years is animated by the transcendental trinity of the Good, the True, and the Beautiful.
Orthodoxy by G. K. Chesterton
G. K. Chesterton’s Orthodoxy has been republished again and again since its original printing in 1908. The book serves to remind not only that Christianity is the true revolution, but that, unique among the systems of belief that populate the history of the world, Christianity has the power to effect its own renewal: “Christianity has died many times and risen again,” he said, “for it had a god who knew the way out of the grave.”
If you were forced to choose one book that best represents Chesterton’s thoughts on Christianity, this is the one. In his other books he uses Christianity to defend Reality. In Orthodoxy he uses Reality to defend Christianity and shows how every modern worldview has founded its truth on Christendom. No one ever did it better.
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About Memoria College Press
Memoria College Press features a captivating collection of books selected or authored by our esteemed faculty members that embody our academic ethos. Dive into the literary world of the Western Tradition crafted by brilliant minds, where knowledge and excellence converge in the written word. These books provide a meaningful encounter with the values of classical education and make for excellent additions to any library.