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This quite likely belongs in the Theology and Philosophy subforum, but since that has been unfortunately archived, there hasn't been a post on it since last April. So, in order that this doesn't get buried in the archive in a few hours, here it is.



Quote:Earlier this week, I was having lunch in the cafeteria with a group of new freshmen and one of their teachers, Dr. Kent Lasnoski, who is working through the early books of Genesis with them in Theology 101. In Philosophy 101, Mr. Kyle Washut, who returns from a year at the Byzantine Catholic Seminary in Pittsburgh, had just moved from Plato’s dialogue Alcibiades into his work on language, the Cratylus. The freshmen were talking about the relation of words to things in Adam’s first naming, and they were excited that the same question was being addressed and worked out philosophically in another class at the same time—the kind of coalescence an integrated curriculum makes possible.
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Language has an extraordinary place in an education like ours because our aim is the restoration of the world and the transformation of culture through Christ the Word. To use words as though any cliché were good enough to render the truth of things is to betray the necessity of cutting through the thick rind of habit into fragrance and seed. Poetry is crucial: That’s why we have students memorize poems almost from the moment they arrive at Wyoming Catholic, including the apparently simple lyric, “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening.” Robert Frost explains what he does in a wonderful short essay called “The Figure a Poem Makes,” full of potent aphorisms. “No surprise for the writer, no surprise for the reader,” he says. Frost says that when he writes, he discovers something he did not realize he knew, and then “Step by step the wonder of unexpected supply keeps growing.” If the writer discovers nothing in the process of writing, the reader will feel nothing.

Read the entire article on The Imaginative Conservative.