G.K. Chesterton nicely frames the problems of modern culture, and as a result, modern education: 'People are inundated, blinded, deafened, and mentally paralysed by a flood of vulgar and tasteless externals, leaving them no time for leisure, thought, or creation from within themselves.' Unapologetically, Stratford Caldecott (editor of the Catholic journal Second Spring and editor in chief of Sophia Institute Press), submits this deeply considered and illuminating manifesto for recovering the profundity of the liberal arts tradition and, as a direct result, the mystery of the human person. Quoting Patriarch of Venice, Angelo Scola (a leading ressourcement
theologian), Caldecott maintains that true education should involve 'the re-thinking of the mutual interrelationship between the world and the human person, so as to recover the lost wisdom of the world.' The thrust of his argument focuses on the way we pass on or transform our culture, the belief that the 're-enchantment' of education should open our eyes to the meaning and beauty of the cosmos, and the conviction that education begins in the family and ends in the Trinity. Caldecott gives erudite and incisive attention to the importance of the poetic imagination, the mystical connection between mathematics and theology, and the practical applications and implications of symbolic mathematics (in music, architecture, ecology, and astronomy). 'Re-enchantment' for Caldecott ultimately means a return to the liturgical nature of the cosmos, 'to the reintegration of all things, all subjects, in a vision of sacred order.' 156 pp.
An Eighth Day View:
Much of the confusion and meaninglessness of the twenty-first century stems from the fragmentation of knowledge. Our postmodern times cry out for a return to wholeness. Enter Stratford Caldecott, who calls for renewal in education in "Beauty for Truth's Sake." By reclaiming the classic liberal arts and viewing disciplines such as science and mathematics through a poetic lens, the author explains that unity is present within diversity. Ultimately, God is behind all truth.
This book will benefit parents, homeschoolers, lifelong learners, and readers interested in the history of ideas. It is appropriate for Christian college and university students and will play an especially important role in curriculum development.