Monday, January 14, 2008

The Chesterton Academy!

(From the site)

The one thing that is never taught by any chance in the atmosphere of public schools is this: that there is a whole truth of things, and that in knowing it and speaking it we are happy. —G.K. Chesterton

Pope John Paul II described the modern world as a Culture of Death. Its values are selfish, materialistic, barren. This is evident in our laws, our social structures, our entertainment, and our educational systems. We are called as faithful Christians, to build a Culture of Life, which means going against modern trends and fashions in almost everything, especially in our approach to learning. As G.K. Chesterton said, "A dead thing goes with the stream; only a living thing can go against it."

The purpose of establishing Chesterton Academy is to nurture the minds and the souls of our children through an integrated education. We believe that all truths are related to the central truth of the incarnation, crucifixion, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Faith and reason do not contradict one another, nor are they to be segregated from one another. Through the study of art, music, literature, language, history, mathematics, science, philosophy and religion, we want to prepare our children to think both rationally and creatively, to defend their faith, to contribute positively to society, to promote a culture of life.

G.K. Chesterton represents the ideal of a complete thinker but also of a modern cultural warrior. At the beginning of the 20th century, he foresaw and addressed many of the destructive trends that have continued into the 21st century. As a recognized defender of the faith, a literary genius, and a stellar example of Christian charity, Chesterton is a perfect model on which to develop an integrated education.

We are preparing our children for both temporal life and eternal life: to be good citizens and to be saints.

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