Classical Education

Christian classical education is the pursuit of wisdom and virtue by nourishing the soul on the true, the good, and the beautiful by means of the seven liberal arts and the four sciences so that people are better able to love, know, and enjoy God forever,” says the Center for Independent Research on Classical Education (CIRCE). Or here is another definition: “Grounded in piety, Chrisitian classical education is the transmission of the culture of the Church through a faculty of friends who love the truth by cultivating virtue in the students in body, heart and mind, and nurturing their love for wisdom and faithful service of the Lord Jesus Christ,” says Ravi Jain and Kevin Clark, writers of “The Liberal Arts Tradition”.

The curriculum for a Lutheran Classical education is founded on Piety (respect), Gymnastic (bodily training) and Music (training in wonder) as the bedrock of all other learning and life. The curriculum (what they will learn) consists of the Language arts or Trivium: Grammar, Dialectic(logic) and Rhetoric. It also consists of the Mathematical arts or Quadrivium: Arithmetic, Geometry, Astronomy, Music. The Trivium and Quadrivium are the seeds and tools of learning in Language and Mathematics. This all leads to true philosophy, that is, the love of wisdom.

The pursuit of wisdom is expressed by love of nature called natural philosophy. (Think biology and chemistry). It is expressed by love of man called moral philosophy. (Think economics and politics). It is expressed in love of God called Metaphysics. (Think Romans 1 power of God seen in creation). All of these pursuits are ultimately the pursuit of the truth that God placed into His creation. Not only can the truth be found by using these arts, but the pursuit of truth should be the goal of Mankind.

But finally, the highest form of wisdom and knowledge is the love of Jesus Christ. This is the proper place of Theology as the Queen of all sciences and arts. Theology shapes them all in the image of God found in Christ crucified.