Written by Dr. Kevin Clark and Ravi Scott Jain, The Liberal Arts Tradition: A Philosophy of Christian Classical Education introduces readers to a paradigm for understanding a classical education that transcends the familiar 3-stage pattern of grammar, logic, and rhetoric. Instead, this book describes the liberal arts as a central part of a larger and more robust paradigm of classical education that should consist of piety, gymnastic, music, liberal arts, philosophy, and theology. The Liberal Arts Tradition also recovers the means by which classical educators developed more than just intellectual virtue (by means of the 7 liberal arts) but holistically cultivated the mind, body, will, and affections.
Kevin Clark is the president of The Ecclesial Schools Initiative (ESI), an organization he founded in 2019 to help underserved families in Florida receive better access to Christian liberal arts education. Before founding ESI, he served as academic dean of the Geneva School in Winter Park, Florida, where he also taught for fifteen years. Kevin earned a BA in philosophy from the University of Central Florida, an MA in theological studies from Reformed Theological Seminary, and a DLS from Georgetown University, where he wrote on liberal arts education and interdisciplinary practice.
Ravi Scott Jain is a graduate scholar in science and religion at Oriel College, Oxford University, pursuing his doctorate in theology. He holds an MA from Reformed Theological Seminary, a graduate certificate in mathematics from University of Central Florida, and a BA from Davidson College. He taught AP Calculus (AB and BC) and AP Physics (C-Mech and C-E&M) for many years at The Geneva School, Orlando, Florida. There he developed these classes into an integrated course called “The Scientific Revolution,” in which students read primary sources in order to recapitulate the narrative of discovery through a pedagogy of puzzle, proof, and play. He has spoken on these themes throughout America, Africa, China, and England.