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  • $1 Mega Bundle Subscription Sale

    Our subscription sale is almost gone. But not quite yet.

    Have you been wanting to try out our newest series, Dave Raymond's Modernity? Or you've been wanting to work through the Bible as a family with Modern Parables? Or maybe this year's the year you take a dive and introduce Latin into your homeschool curriculum using Visual Latin. Well, now's your chance.

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  • Who was Gerard Manley Hopkins?

    Written by Hannah Hubin


    “The world is charged with the grandeur of God./ It will flame out, like shining from shook foil;/ It gathers to a greatness, like the ooze of oil/ Crushed.”  --“God’s Grandeur”

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  • Surprised by Joy

    Written by Hannah Hubin


    Romantic poet William Wordsworth lived from 1770 to 1850, writing nearly 400 poems and fathering six children, only three of whom lived to adulthood.  He penned this sonnet in 1814, two years after the death of his three-year-old daughter Catherine.  In the poem, Wordsworth captures a tension between joy and sorrow.  In the midst of overwhelming grief, the poet is caught off-guard by joy – that thing that ought to have no place in his suffering.  He is met by a beauty as poignant as his bereavement, and it leaves him fragmented, feeling that to accept either emotion is to play a traitor to the other and to his daughter.

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  • The Riot and the Dance

    Written by Gordon Wilson


    This odd title "The Riot and the Dance" warrants an explanation. There are a number of ways that both ‘riot’ and ‘dance’ can be viewed. First, the creation is cursed due to Adam’s sin. The beautiful dance was “subjected to futility.” The enemy, death, invaded. This curse of God was ushered in through predators, parasites, and pathogens. This is one meaning of “the riot,” and it looms large in almost every nature documentary made. Animals killing each other may seem normal, but it’s not beautiful or good in any sense. Death is the last enemy to be destroyed.

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  • Eating Books

    Written by Wesley J Callihan

    Never speed-read good books. Speed-reading is only for books which you need to get through once and will never read again. If you read them again you'd get nothing more out of them. But the best books (and if you never read them, you're living on junk food), the ones you'll get more from every time you read them if you read them well, deserve to be read slowly. Of course, you could speed-read a great book -- say, Augustine's City of God or Dante's Divine Comedy or Austen's Pride and Prejudice -- and you could get the gist of it. But is the gist all there is?

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