Saturday, February 20, 2021

Hear, hear …

… In Defense of the Classics | National Review. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

The prevailing accusation in cancel-culture America is that the classics are inherently authoritarian, and never even a potential tool of liberation. But a look back at the beginning of the modern Western tradition, where classics merged with Christianity, suggests the opposite: Classics is tantamount to the prize itself, so that you might as well righteously resolve to keep money away from the poor. This is plainest in the most influential combiner of the pagan and Christian strains of learning, Augustine of Hippo.

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