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Month: November 2021

How (Not) To Be Secular (3) – Secularism: A Created Alternative

A common myth is that secularism is what is left when we have stripped all former belief in superstition and falsity. The reality is that secularism is a system that was built up slowly over time. How did men construct secularism? First, our idea of the relationship between the individual and the community changed. We …

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Virtue in Literature (12) – Duty: Aeneid (10th Grade)

Next to the Bible, over the last two thousand years no book has been read more than Virgil’s Aeneid (though Boethius’s Consolation of Philosophy is a close second). The Aeneid is a story about the work and sacrifice that are required to do something great (in this case, found Rome). Time and again Aeneas is forced to choose between doing what …

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Virtue in Literature (11) – Little House in the Big Woods (1st Grade)

In the modern era two growing and developing countries looked to fill their frontiers: the United States looked to the vast western plains and Russia to its seemingly limitless eastern territory. In the United States the western frontier became a place of opportunity—the Homestead Act allowed both native-born citizens and immigrants to receive at no …

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