The Legacy of John Senior

By |2021-03-12T10:02:49-06:00March 11th, 2021|Categories: Catholicism, Education, Humanities, John Senior, Joseph Pearce, Liberal Learning, Senior Contributors|

At the heart of John Senior’s vision for the humanities was a Thomistic understanding of the path of true perception. St. Thomas taught that humility opens the eyes of wonder, and that it is wonder that leads to contemplation and to the dilation of the mind and soul into the fullness of the presence of [...]

Killing Socrates: The Death of a Great Books Program

By |2019-03-09T09:22:14-06:00March 8th, 2019|Categories: Classical Education, Classical Learning, Classics, Culture, Education, Great Books, Humanities, John Senior, Liberal Arts, Liberal Learning, Wyoming Catholic College|

Few people know that in the early 1970s a “great books” program, founded by John Senior and two other professors, flourished at a large state university in the midwest. Even fewer know of its slow demise. Editor’s Note: Robert Carlson was a student and friend of John Senior, one of three founders of the former [...]

Rebuilding Western Civilization: A Tale of Two Monasteries

By |2019-07-18T12:11:27-05:00July 7th, 2018|Categories: Catholicism, Christianity, Community, Dwight Longenecker, England, John Senior, St. Benedict, Tradition|

The three vows of the Benedictine monk are obedience, stability, and conversion of life. In our own ways, we can follow this example, making it real by paying attention to prayer, cracking the books in solid study, and rolling up our sleeves in the honest, hard work of rebuilding what has fallen into despair and [...]

James Joyce, John Senior, & the Illumination of the Modern World

By |2018-12-10T08:22:17-06:00August 1st, 2017|Categories: Books, Christianity, Culture, John Senior, Modernity|

Reading James Joyce and John Senior together will illuminate the modern world and point toward a path of how to thrive within it. Both represent a quest for the real: one through the symbolic mediation of literature and the other through its poetic embodiment in our daily lives… (essay by R. Jared Staudt) John Senior [...]

Classical Education: Renewing Christian Civilization

By |2018-12-12T16:24:28-06:00June 10th, 2017|Categories: Andrew Seeley, Christianity, Classical Education, Featured, John Senior, Liberal Learning|

The number of those attracted by the renewal of classical education is growing, as parents confronting the spiritual wasteland of contemporary education flock to schools producing faithful, intelligent, joyful students devoted to the true, the good, and the beautiful, and energized to proclaim them to Church and world… At a dinner celebrating Catholic classical education [...]

John Senior and the Restoration of Realism

By |2018-12-10T08:22:18-06:00April 26th, 2017|Categories: Books, Christianity, Dwight Longenecker, Featured, John Senior|

John Senior’s great contribution was to forge a middle way between indoctrination and the chaos of complete relativism. Instead of indoctrinating students, the classical knowledge of a Christian culture provided the tools and the framework for true education… John Senior and the Restoration of Realism by Francis Bethel (Thomas More College Press, 2016) It was one [...]

The Kindle & the Remaking of Civilization

By |2019-10-10T13:42:25-05:00October 12th, 2016|Categories: C.S. Lewis, Education, Featured, Glenn Arbery, John Senior, Liberal Arts, Literature, Wyoming Catholic College|

For some years now, there has been a genial quarrel between those who use e-readers like Nook and Kindle and those who prefer real books with actual pages. John Senior, if he were alive today, would undoubtedly denounce my Kindle. Dr. Senior was the most prominent of the founders of the Integrated Humanities Program at [...]

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