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We need intimate knowledge of the past

Most of all, perhaps, we need intimate knowledge of the past.   . . .   [W]e cannot study the future, and . . . need something to set against the present, to remind us that the basic assumptions have been quite different in different periods and that much which seems certain to the uneducated is merely temporary fashion.  A man who has lived in many places is not likely to be deceived by the local errors of his native village: the scholar has lived in many times and is therefore in some degree immune from the great cataract of nonsense that pours from the press and the microphone of his age. C.S. Lewis, The Weight of Glory, “Learning in...

posted on: Sep 1, 2010 | author: Alan Burrow

No generation can bequeath what it has not got

No generation can bequeath to its successor what it has not got.  You may frame the syllabus as you please.  But when you have planned and reported ad nauseam, if we are sceptical we shall teach only scepticism to our pupils, if fools only folly, if vulgar only vulgarity, if saints sanctity, if heroes heroism.  . . .  Nothing which was not in the teachers can flow from them into the pupils.  We shall admit that a man who knows no Greek himself cannot teach Greek to his form: but it is equally certain that a man whose mind was formed in a period of cynicism and disillusion, cannot teach hope or fortitude. C.S. Lewis, God in the Dock...

posted on: Aug 24, 2010 | author: Alan Burrow

Christianity is an education itself.

One of the reasons why it needs no special education to be a Christian is that Christianity is an education itself.  That is why an uneducated believer like Bunyan was able to write a book that has astonished the whole world. C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity, bk. III, ch. 2, para....

posted on: Aug 18, 2010 | author: Alan Burrow