- Series: Classical Education Guide
- Perfect Paperback: 128 pages
- Publisher: Classical Academic Press (March 16, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1600512658
- ISBN-13: 978-1600512650
- Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.8 x 8.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #313,000 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Awakening Wonder: A Classical Guide to Truth, Goodness & Beauty (Classical Education Guide)
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As we continue in our day with the task of rebuilding classical Christian education, one of the things we absolutely must do is reexamine the thought of some of the giants produced in times past by an earlier iteration of that same kind of education. And that is exactly what Grant Horner has done in this fine treatment of Milton. Highly recommended. --Douglas Wilson
About the Author
Steve Turley (PhD, Durham University) is a theologian, social theorist, classical Christian educator, and prize-winning classical guitarist. A faculty member at Tall Oaks Classical School in New Castle, Delaware, he teaches theology, Greek, and rhetoric. He is also Professor of Fine Arts at Eastern University. His research and writings have appeared in such journals as Christianity and Literature, Calvin Theological Journal, First Things, Touchstone, and The Chesterton Review.
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There is much to love in this book. Better than almost everything else I have read on classical education, this book gives us a clear conception of the trinity of Truth, Goodness and Beauty. It grounds these Platonic values in the ancient Greek traditions and explains their evolution into Christian ideology. Understanding these essential values is critical to our understanding of true classical education. Truth, Goodness and Beauty are not just lofty ideals but are the backbone of the Greek paideia and therefore the foundation of any good education. It is the role of education to awaken wonder so that it primes the pump of our rational minds to pursue truth while accessing it through beauty which then compels us to act in goodness.
This is not an easy idea to unpack but the author does err on the side of excessive academic speak. He belabors points and often only weakly connects quotes to his primary point. The text meanders a bit which would be fine if he were writing in a more conversant voice. Since he is writing in the tone of a philosopher, I expected tighter arguments.
The fact remains that this book harnesses some essential goodness and left some distinct impressions on my mind over the weeks that I read it and reflected on it.
In his book, Awakening Wonder, Stephen Turley gives us a frame of reference for how to think about the idea of the good, true, and beautiful. He also explains how the good, true, and beautiful are the means by which we heal. Furthermore, Turley shares a way to pursue the good, true, and beautiful that is formal and imitative. Turley’s frame of reference, which helps us think about the idea of the good, the true, and the beautiful is a historical one and a cosmological one. Turley begins his tour with Creation, turning next to the Classical world, and then to the Christian world, through the lens of the Greek East and then the Latin West. He shows the progression and development of these ideas over time, most profoundly of course when Christ himself came on the scene as The Truth, The Good, and The Beautiful one. I was awestruck to see how intimately the allure of the true, good, and beautiful was tied to the very person of Christ.
Since sin entered the world, all of creation cries out. We were created for harmony, but instead everything feels a sense of disorder. It is the good, the true, and the beautiful One that orders and harmonizes. This is a great mystery to me, so I do not want to give too many words here. All I can say it that after reading Turley’s book I have a new and renewed faith in the good, the true, and the beautiful to heal and restore my senses and my imagination to a more Eden-like state. I do not know whether this can happen completely on this side of eternity, but I do know it is worth pursuing regardless.
One of my favorite things and one of the hardest things about classical education is this business of contemplation. What is contemplation anyway and how does one do it? Many of us have heard beautiful and appealing things like “You become what you behold” or “The only thing worth beholding.” Of course, that would be Christ, and now we know that Christ is the good, true, and beautiful one, but how do you behold Him? Turley gives a great answer, and I am eager to reread this section of his book a few more times. He shows us how the three branches of aesthetics knowledge give us three different ways to give form to our contemplation. This is good news for me. Mostly because my imagination still needs a lot of healing, and my thoughts need a guide.
I am so excited to think more deeply about the ideas and suggestions in Awakening Wonder. More than anything I, my children, and my students need the good, true, and beautiful One in as many waking moments as we can. Can you imagine a day filled with the good, true, and beautiful bursting out at the seams? Well, there is good news, our days are bursting at the seems with the good, true, and beautiful and Stephen Turley helps to show us how and in what ways we can access it. I do hope you get a copy of his book, I think it would bless you.