Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Saint Augustine Preface

We are using Veritas Press timeline cards in our studies. Highly recommended. Beautiful artwork on one side history on the other side. According to my cards, basically, Saint Augustine was born to a polytheistic father and a Catholic mother. His mother, Monica, was concerned about his lifestyle. He was wild. Self-indulgent probably careless and irresponsible. She prayed for him without ceasing. Any moms out there feel like that? St. Augustine explored many different philosophies and religions. For reasons I have not yet discovered, in 387, he was baptized. He entered the monastary, became a priest and finally a bishop of Hippo in N. Africa. Mom's prayers were answered. Awesome! So, what does that mean for  Christians today? That was soooo long ago. That doesn't have anything to do with the way I worship today, or does it?
The Confessions of St Augustine have been translated into more languages than any Latin writings except Virgil (he is on the reading list, by the way). It has been called the greatest spiritual autobiography of all time.
OK, fabulous. I certainly hope that I am ready for this. I am, hopefully, going to hold hands with some of the other homeschooling moms as we walk down this scarcely trodden path. A path not often taken by....well, MOMS.
I am not an intellectual. I am just a homeschooling mom of three with a strong desire to know MORE. More about early Christians, the pioneers of the Christian faith. What do all these terms mean? Calvinism? Protestant? Paganism? Manichaeism? How did the work of the early theologists impact the way that I worship now? Come back tomorrow.....for Chapter one.

Book in Hand

After visiting the local library (without results), and two bookstores (I wanted it NOW), I have a copy of The Confessions of Saint Augustine.
A little background is in order...

Monday, February 8, 2010

Classical Christian Homeschool Reading List for Parents

I have been reading Douglas Wilson over the last week or so, and found a list in the back of Classical Education and the Homeschool. It is a list of recommended literature that should be included in every Classical Christian curriculum. The list is divided into sections: Ancient Texts, Early Christian and Medieval Texts, Modern Texts, On Education, On Literature and Reading, On Logic, On Rhetoric and On Worldview Thinking. I have always loved books but I have to admit, the list is intimidating. Daunting, even. However, I have decided to give it a try. After all, how can I teach it if I've never really studied it. And so I embark on a classical book study.
Some of the lovely women that I have the joy of sharing homeschooling with will be joining me on this adventure.
We will choose a book from the list, read/study it, and share our observations and thoughts. I hope to share all of these book studies on this blog.
Our first selection comes from the Early Christian and Medieval Texts: Confessions by Augustine.