The Contemplation of Nature complete set is available in the CiRCE store.
For some reason I always underestimate John Hodges. This year I heard him during Pillar 1 Reflections on the Definition of Classical Education and Workshop 11 The Nature of the Arts and their Place in the Curriculum. Both were excellent. Apparently all the workshops held Friday at 1:30 were excellent and I hope that I can buy James Daniels The Incarnation of Christ and Its Implications for Teaching as by all reports it was life changing.
"John Hodges is a conductor, composer, and lecturer, Formerly working as the director of music at 2nd Presbyterian Church in Memphis. His new project is The Center for Western Studies, a college-level 'gap' year program for students and adults."
This man is not a stuffed-shirt but rather a delight-filled lover of what he teaches. My notes don't even come close to communicating his passion for these things.
In his reflections on classical education he makes the point that education is not just To Know something but rather To Love something. Education is the shaping of the sensibilities (Ordo Amoris). Truth, beauty and goodness cannot be separated. That is a pretty cool idea, no?
He made the point that the world used to be called the creation but now we refer to it as nature. This leads to the philosophy of naturalism, or that nature is all. Here he said something else wonderful. Christianity is not an ISM.
May I digress. This made me think about Baptism, which is an ISM and rightly so. Was ever a doctrine so divisive as Baptism? One of my parenting regrets is that some of my children have been baptized twice in order to please men.
Now back to naturalism. We cannot take dominion (or correct nature) by eliminating the super-natural. We cannot answer the question WHY without the super-natural. Thinking itself is a miracle (Lewis). Semantics matter which is why we have the LOGOS.
Therefore naturalism kills education.