Classical Christian schools believe the Greeks understood something critical about human nature and how to raise up a fully formed human being. They missed out on the Christian answers but got the questions right. Their view of the ultimate end, or telos of an education, still rings true today. Ask a modern parent on the street corner what they want out of their child’s education and you are likely to hear something along the lines of to just “be happy, moral and get a good job” But the Greeks wanted more for their children, and so should we!
Dr. Louis Markos, professor of English and scholar-in-residence at Houston Baptist University, speaks widely on ancient Greece and Rome, Lewis and Tolkien, and apologetics and classical education. His 22 books include From Achilles to Christ, On the Shoulders of Hobbits, Apologetics for the 21st Century, Worldview Guides to the Iliad, Odyssey, and Aeneid, and two children’s novels, The Dreaming Stone and In the Shadow of Troy, in which his kids become part of Greek mythology and the epics of Homer. Dr. Markos has a new book out, Myth Made Fact! From Plato to Christ: How Platonic Thought Shaped Christian Faith.