The unique function of a classical, Christian school.

by Ben McReynolds

Classical Christian institutions are, in my opinion, a unique part of the Church invisible and universal, as they represent a business model, private yet public, that identifies its mission as that of making disciples.  Through the use of the Trivium (grammar, logic/dialectic, and rhetoric) these schools provide students with knowledge and skills that date back to the Greco-Romans.  Reading the Great Books in these schools provides students with a complete perspective on humanity, through understanding of history, philosophy, and even theology.  By teaching Latin these schools connect their students to two millennia of scholars and their works.  Motivated by the pursuit of truth, goodness, and beauty, these schools advance an ancient and long-held view of learning that recognizes absolutes and regards the human plight as one of great importance.  And most importantly, these schools build upon foundations of the Christian faith laid since the dawn of Creation, orienting their students with an understanding of the Christian faith that reaches back to the time of Christ and even to the earliest civilizations of man.  While it is clear that a classical education can strengthen a Christian worldview, I think it is worth stating that only in a classical education is a truly Christian worldview secured.