Wednesday, November 1, 2017

My Classical Education Eleventary

1. Recovering the Lost Tools of Learning by Douglas Wilson
2. An Experiment in Criticism by C.S. Lewis
3. The Devil Knows Latin by E. Christian Kopff
4. For the Children’s Sake by Susan Schaeffer Macaulay
5. Beauteous Truth by Joseph Pearce
6. The Four Men by Hilaire Belloc
7. The Classical Moment by James Schall
8. The Intellectual Life by A.G. Sertillanges
9. Beauty for Truth’s Sake by Stratford Caldecott
10. How to Read Slowly by James Sire
11. Consider This by Karen Glass

Friday, February 10, 2017

The "Solas" of Chalmers

Thinking about the "Five Solas" as we embark on this 500th year of the Reformation, I couldn't help but also think of the reformational way Thomas Chalmers has shaped my thinking about life, grace, mercy, the Scriptures, and the beauty of the faith that the magisterial reformers bequeathed to us.

It struck me that like them, Chalmers' influence has also produced a list of "solas." This is my feeble attempt to somehow codify those "solas."

Only the Triune God is truly holy.
Only His holiness can offer grace.
Only His grace can bring forth faith.
Only faith bears the fruit of love.
Only love produces hope.
Only hope gives way to obedience.
Only obedience results in service.
Only service manifests mercy.
Only mercy makes for justice.
Only justice establishes peace.
And, only peace can flower into Christian culture.