Category: Literature

Pride and Prejudice

I imagine I am somewhat putting my reputation on the line by making my reading of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice common and public knowledge; after all, it is not every day that one finds a military man consenting to...

/ September 24, 2006

Thoughts on Theaetetus: Volume IV

Why Volumes? I have no idea. It just seemed right. I missed last night’s session due to grading, but these are a few thoughts from tonight. Socrates’ relationship to Theaetetus is as a midwife to a person in labor, or...

/ June 2, 2006

Thoughts on Theaetetus: Volume III

The relationship between teacher and student can take many forms. Modern educational approaches value the teacher insofar as he imparts information to the pupil. But traditional education is more akin to soul-nurturing. In the Theaetetus, Theaetetus is praised by his...

/ May 31, 2006

Thoughts on Theaetetus: Volume II

Theaetetus is introduced by Theodorus, a teacher of geometery who praises Theatetus for being acute, manly, and above all, a man of unique and peculiar gentleness. But is Theaetetus, a man of some nobility, a good student? Theodorus praises him...

/ May 30, 2006

Thoughts on Theaetetus: Volume I

Every year or so I get the immense privilege of hanging out with Dr. Al Geier, mentor of Dr. John Mark Reynolds, student of Leo Strauss, and the nearest thing to Socrates I’ve seen yet. This year we’re reading the...

/ May 30, 2006

Lincoln as Literary Critic

On a recent reading of some of Abraham Lincoln’s letters and speeches, I discovered this interesting line in a letter to James Hackett, a Shakespearian actor: Some of Shakespeare’s plays I have never read; while others I have gone over...

/ May 21, 2006

On John and Homer

I wish I had thought of this. Leithart’s thoughts on the similarity between the Gospel of John and Homer’s Odyssey are, if nothing else, provocative: And throughout John’s gospel, Jesus is the elusive hero, the one born of the Spirit...

/ March 3, 2006

Ash Wednesday

Update: the rather humorous spelling error is fixed. Thanks, Jim! Today is Ash Wednesday, one of my favorite days in the church calendar. When I turned twenty-four this January, I joked with my students about having a “third-of-life crisis.” As...

/ March 1, 2006

“Life” by George Herbert

I had a birthday last week, and, as a part of the evening celebration, took a moment to “zoom out” on my life. The psalmist reminds us that human life is like grass, or clouds. It is brief and passes...

/ December 15, 2005

Narnia–Allegory or no?

Two questions from the Narnia front today. Is Narnia religious? The question is obviously significant from a marketing standpoint. Today’s Washington Times write-up quotes a Disney exec and a Zondervan exec offering opposing view points. On the one hand: Dennis...

/ November 3, 2005