Some books are long, but relative to their length you don’t benefit much. Some books are short, but relative to their length you benefit greatly. Joseph Clair’s new book, On Education, Formation, Citizenship and the Lost Purpose of Learning fits in the latter category.
In 120 pages Clair gives a crisp and thoughtful account of how higher education has lost its moral rudder. To make his case, Clair uses the always insightful and relevant, Bishop of Hippo: Augustine.
Instead of simply detailing the problem, Clair offers some suggestive and practical antidotes. I will mention just one as it is similar to something I’ve been thinking about. Clair mentions that teacher training ought to consider learning from “demanding vocations for inspiration and guidance—for example, Navy Seals, Jesuits, professional athletics—where a sense of identity and purpose provide a strong team spirit and where the results of a shared effort are judged on the basis of the whole community’s performance.”
There was one thing that made me reticent to recommend this book: the cost. That has now been rectified due to being out in a reasonable paperback.
Professor John Swinton of Aberdeen University wrote the beautiful and insightful book, Becoming Friends of Time: Disability, Timefullness, and Gentle Discipleship. I will soon be interviewing John. In his book, John says how much he was taken by this video:
From well-known atheist Richard Dawkins came this Feb. 11, 2013 tweet:
“I feel sorry for the Pope and all old Catholic priests. Imagine having a wasted life to look back on and no sex.”
What struck me is that sex must take on transcendence of a sort if you are an atheist/materialist. There is not much left…
I have observed the following on many occasions.
A son or daughter grows up in a Christ-professing home. Sadly, the parents have not availed themselves of opportunities to grow in their own understanding of the Christian faith. They can’t interact or answer any of the objections to Christianity that increasingly nag Johnny and Sally.
Johnny and Sally go off to college. They abandon their Christian upbringing.
The parents add to their sorrow with the misguided notion that their kiddo abandoned the faith due to “liberal professors.”
Christ is risen! Christianity is unique. Check out my latest interview:
A good review of a book I know pretty well!