Classical Conversations’ Writers Circle recently published an article of mine, “The Benefit of the Classics for Youth.” It is a re-write of St. Basil’s famous work, “Address To Young Men On How They Might Derive Benefit From Greek Literature.” In which, I take his basic arguments and represent them in modern vernacular and with modern analogies.
Here’s an excerpt, you can read the rest at the link above.
Our youth need to hone their powers of discernment, and they can practice on the classics as part of maturing themselves in readiness for the solid food of Scripture. It is from the classics, even from the pagan texts among them, that our youth will learn to discern the difference between that which is good and virtuous and that which is injurious. They will attend to the former, and like the young child wanting to ignore his annoying brother, they will plug their ears and yell, “Blah, blah, blah, blah!” to the latter.