Education is not Neutral Oatmeal – Doug Wilson

Doug Wilson is one of the leading influencers in the rise of classical Christian education in the past 40 years. His own discovery after reading Dorothy Sayers’ essay, The Lost Tools of Learning, when he was an 18-year-old naval cadet stayed with him. As a young parent he decided to try to see if this education that had shaped western civilization could be reestablished.  Wilson is quick to point out that too often modern parents think of education as basically neutral and that we simply flavor it with Christianity at home or at church, missing out on the reality that education is religious all the way down.  The Greeks called this form of education “Paideia,” a term often thrown around in classical circles. Wilson unpacks this word and shows the power of ancient future schools to shape a new generation for Christ.

neutral educationDouglas Wilson is the minister of Christ Church in Moscow, Idaho, which is a member of the Communion of Reformed Evangelical Churches (CREC). After his stint in the submarine service of the U.S. Navy, he attended the University of Idaho, where he obtained an MA in philosophy.

As one of its founders, he has served on the board of Logos School, a classical and Christian school (K-12), since its inception. He is also a Senior Fellow of theology at New St. Andrews College. He is the author of numerous books, including Reforming Marriage, The Case for Classical Christian Education, Letter from a Christian Citizen, and Blackthorn Winter. He is also the general editor for the Omnibus textbook series.

All his favorite authors begin their names with initials–C.S. Lewis, G.K. Chesterton, H.L. Mencken, J.R.R. Tolkien, N.D. Wilson, and P.G. Wodehouse. The one exception is Nancy Wilson, a favorite author to whom he has been married for over thirty-four years. They have three children and fifteen grandchildren.