Why Classical Lutheran Education?
Liberal Arts + Catechesis = Classical Lutheran Education
The objective of education should be directed toward citizenship in two kingdoms: Catechesis to stay alive in the battle against the devil, the world, and our sinful nature and the Liberal Arts to be of some earthly good to our neighbor. A classical Lutheran education is truly an education from conception to grave and is an education for all people.
Liberal ArtsWe need the Liberal Arts to distinguish God’s voice from the devil’s and to equip ourselves to rightly be a good stewards of all resources and serve God through our neighbor. The classical Liberal Arts are distinguished thus:
Arts of Language:
Grammar: Grammar provides the basics of language. It is the "What" upon which everything else is built. We learn the language of the Church through our liturgy and hymnody. Memorizing facts testifies that there is Truth.
Logic: Logic teaches analysis of language. It provides the "Why" used in analytical thinking, discernment, and argumentation. With Logic, the case is made for sense as opposed to nonsense.
Rhetoric: Rhetoric teaches use of language. God has chosen language to accomplish His saving work in us. It only stands to reason, then, that proper use of language is a vital skill. It is the aim of rhetoric to teach use of language that correctly signifies, identifies, and conceptualizes that which has come before, but in a new way.
Arts of Mathematics:
Geometry: Number in Space
Music: Number in Time
Astronomy: Number in Time and Space
In catechesis, we are properly equipped to live the life of faith as citizens of the heavenly kingdom. Catechesis has a central element of spiritual warfare- this side of heaven, we are members of the church militant. We have been given weapons in this grave and vital battle: The Bible, the hymnal, and the Catechism, which also branches out to include the Confessions.