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. This is a must-read for educators who want to take a second big step toward recovering the tradition of classical education.

What’s in the Revised Edition?

Now in hardcover, the revised edition of The Liberal Arts Tradition has been expanded and updated throughout to reflect the most recent understandings and philosophies of classical education. It also includes 40 percent NEW content and NEW companion files (sold separately).

Book Features

  • Expanded Trivium pieces
  • Expanded “Moral Philosophy” piece, with more nuanced discussions of virtue and the role of the Church
  • Completely new “Calling, Culture, and Curriculum” section addressing (1) biblical foundations for classical Christian education, (2) the relationship of classical Christian education to the Church and other cultures, and (3) the relationship between the liberal, common, and fine arts
  • Revised “Natural Philosophy” piece
  • Updated paradigm of the liberal arts tradition
  • Glossary
  • New appendices, including one on reading and one entitled “A New Natural Philosophy”

Companion Files

  • Exclusive Liberal Arts Tradition Insights video playlist, featuring 38 minutes (7 episodes) of expanded discussion with the authors
  • 4 beautifully designed PDFs featuring key illustrations from The Liberal Arts Tradition for use in your home or classroom
  • Headmaster’s Guide for Using The Liberal Arts Tradition, with suggestions for how to wisely employ the revised edition to help grow and develop classical teachers and craft an effective teacher-training program
  • Training video by Dr. Christopher Perrin and 3 supplemental PowerPoints and PDFs to enhance your own reading of the book or to use in conjunction with faculty/parent seminars on the liberal arts

The Need for a Revised Edition