Dorothy Sayers started this whole thing, but Douglas Wilson has helped it along as much as anyone.
It was Mrs. Sayers’ 1947 Oxford lecture and then essay “The Lost Tools of Learning” that prompted Douglas Wilson to help found the Logos School in Moscow, Idaho, and then to write Recovering the Lost Tools of Learning. The results of Pastor Wilson and others like him have been remarkable. A bona fide movement, by God’s good pleasure, has resulted, and so here is Regents Academy, a classical Christian school in Nacogdoches, Texas, having a huge impact on thousands.
Pastor Wilson wrote a follow-up to Recovering the Lost Tools called The Case for Classical Christian Education in 2003. The latter is in many ways, in my humble estimation, better than the former. I first read it when it came out, but I have picked it back up of late, and I decided to blog my way through it this summer and thus share it with you. I would certainly encourage you to read it for yourself and perhaps follow along, but if you are like me your bedside table stack is already pretty high. So getting the good stuff from a very informative book delivered in a compact format is really helpful for me. I hope it is for you also.
For now, here is a quote from the preface of The Case of Classical Christian Education (henceforth The Case for CCE) that succinctly states Wilson’s purpose for writing:
When we come to the end of our lives and we consider the work that God gave us to do, it is my hope that the education of our children and grandchildren will occupy a central place in our prayers of gratitude. This book is offered with that end in view.