Scott Postma

A blog about the Great Books, the Craft of Writing, and Human Flourishing.

Waiting for Strength

Yesterday was the beginning of Advent Season. Advent comes from the Latin word, adventus, meaning “coming,” and it’s typically used in reference to two events: the incarnation of Christ and the Parousia of Christ. In the western context, Advent is observed during the four Sundays immediately preceding Christmas, while the […]

James Schall on the Significance of Education

Learning from Books In this sense, the beginning of wisdom is a small dose of humility, of our willingness to acknowledge how much was known and learned before we ourselves ever were. Consequently, if we are to confront the greatest minds we must do so in their books, to which […]

The Art of Reading

There are basically three kinds of reading. We can read for entertainment, read for information, or read for understanding. Reading for Entertainment Reading for entertainment is the simplest of all reading. While it’s true we can be entertained when we read for information or understanding, reading strictly for entertainment is […]

A Primer for Thinking and Writing About History

Anyone who has contemplated researching and writing about the past would benefit from a careful reading of Livy’s History of Rome. In his introduction, he offers a compelling apology for studying history: There is this exceptionally beneficial and fruitful advantage to be derived from the study of the past, that […]

What Are You Creating Today?

You could create value in the world. You could create more noise. You could create a warm memory. You could create a painful one. You could create better relationships. You could create division. You could create life. You could create death. You could create chaos. You could create order. You […]

How To Prepare Tomorrow’s Menu

We are historical beings. Like the surface of standing water, our present state of being is the sum total of all the water beneath the surface. Like a garden, the produce we are harvesting is a result of the seeds we have been planting. Said another way, today is the […]

One More Thing I’m Thankful For

Yesterday I shared a few of the things that I am thankful for. Today, I want to share one more thing, something I never want to take for granted. That “one more thing” is you! I’m thankful for you. I’m thankful for each of you who read this blog. It’s […]