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Dorothy Sayers' "The Lost Tools of Learning"

Dorothy Leigh Sayers (1893-1967) was a scholar, theologian and mediaevalist. She was the daughter of a Church of England clergyman and was among the first class of women to graduate from Oxford University.

Dorothy Sayers briefly entered on a teaching career after graduating from Oxford, but, modernism having intruded into the English educational system, she found it not to her liking. She published a popular series of detective novels, most featuring her memorable protagonist, Lord Peter Whimsy. Skilled in the classical languages, she also translated Dante's "Divine Comedy" to English. Sayers wrote a series of radio plays, including the famous "Man Born to Be King", and several tracts in defense of the Christian Faith.

In this essay, Sayers suggests that we teach our children everything but how to learn. She proposes the adoption of the medieval scholastic curriculum for methodological reasons. "The Lost Tools of Learning" was presented by Sayers for t…

Scholarly Reflection Produces a Poem

Peter Gilbert is writing a book on the Patriarch of Constantinople, John Bekkos. It is a scholarly work, involving translation, historical research and theological inquiry. Peter's reflections on Bekkos' suffering resulted in the following poem.

John Bekkos in Jail
by Peter Gilbert

John Bekkos was a patriarch, a patriarch, they say.
He lived in Constantinople, a place so far away.
He kept his mind in good repair, but it made him lots of foes,
so they sent him to Bithynia where the cold north wind still blows.

John Bekkos was a righteous man: he helped those who were weak.
But the Emperor got tired of it, and he wouldn’t let him speak.
And later, when the times had changed and Bekkos lost his job,
the soldiers led him out before an angry, howling mob.

John Bekkos hated phoniness; he found it hard to take
when people made a case for war with reasons that were fake.
He tried to argue peace between the Latins and the Greeks,
but the people wanted none of it, and the stinking case still reeks.


A Really Big Party

New Year 2008

There was a big party, so I hear,
held at the turning of the year,
a bigger party than I'd have thought,
grander by far than I've ever sought,
where, in celebration of this new date,
it's really true, two thousand ate.

ed pacht, 1/1/08

January 1st is the celebration of the Holy Name of Jesus. It is HE who fed the multitude and HE who will banquet with his people at the great New Day of His coming.