special announcements issue
August 30, 2012

Dear friends of Schola,

I rarely write to this list anymore but that's about to change. In this letter I want to do two things: first, I'd like to mention that there are class openings still available in Schola Classical Tutorials courses if you're interested. Please read the descriptions of them below, and if you're interested, please contact me.
Secondly, this Scholegium list is about to be revived. I plan to get back to once a week mailings, following the old format (see "Scholegium Newsletter" in the left column of my homepage - http://www.scholatutorials.org - for past issues). I'll have short essays on the reading of old books, history (especially church history), astronomy and the night sky, and other things). The newsletters will being coming out (DV) late Sunday nights.
Happy End of August!
Wes Callihan
There are still openings available in Great Books for Adults, Church History, Greek, and Rhetoric (and even in some of the regular Great Books courses for teens). If you already have a child registered in any Schola class, you can take GB for Adults or Church History for 50% off ($300 instead of $600).
GREAT BOOKS FOR ADULTS will cover, in one year, selections from each of the four regular Great Books courses for teens. The reading load is light (although you can read more if you have time), as I give selected passages to read for those who don't have time to read the entire work, and the lectures focus on background, context, overview of each book, and the important ideas and impact it has had downstream in history. Read more about it here: http://www.scholatutorials.org/gbadults.htm
CHURCH HISTORY is one of the MOST important subjects in a Christian's education. It is not just one kind of history - it is the central study, and all other kinds of history find their significant only in the light of church history. Why? Because, according to Scripture, the Church, the body of Christ, is God's ordained means of accomplishing His ultimate goal, the redemption of mankind and of all creation. So church history is central to our understanding of *every*thing else. And it's glorious! Our textbook is by Philip Schaff, the most magnificent of modern church historians: wise, exceedingly learned, a good storyteller, and very irenic and catholic in his understanding of the church. Read more about it here: http://www.scholatutorials.org/churchhistory.htm
GREEK gave to western civilization the great myths, plays, prose and poetic forms, philosophies, scientific and medical studies, political ideas, and histories which, absorbed by the Romans and redeemed by Christiandom, have shaped our culture down. It was the language of an incredibly wide variety of literatures, most importantly the writings of the New Testament and early church fathers. Greek along with Latin was part of everyone's education in the ancient Roman world, it was the language of medieval Christianity in the eastern Mediterranean (the Byzantine empire) as Latin was in the west, and ancient Greek again became part of the common education in the western world from the Renaissance onward until less than a hundred years ago. The study of Greek sharpens the mind, shapes the intellect, and cultivates aesthetic appreciation. Read more about it here: http://www.scholatutorials.org/greekhomer.htm
RHETORIC is a fundamental part of classical education. At it's simplest, it is the art of understanding and engaging in effective communication, whether written or spoken. It teaches the ability to persuade others, and the power of analyzing the attempts of others (whether politicians, news media, or books) to persuade us, to discover whether those attempts are manipulative or beneficial. But more than all this, rhetoric is the art of organizing into a systematic and coherent whole all of one's knowledge for the purposes of understanding and persuasively communicating that knowledge to others, and that art of organizing knowledge, which enables us to judge and order our knowledge rightly, is, according to the history of philosophy, a part of wisdom. Read more about it here: http://www.scholatutorials.org/rhetoric.htm