Scott Postma

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

Write Like a Human

All ideas have consequences; and the best ones grow up to be fruitful benefactors to society. What many may not realize, however, is there is much labor and grief involved in bringing a good idea into the cold, cruel world. It starts as a thought conceived in the mind. After a while, […]

What You Miss By Not Reading the Literature of Old Western Culture

As a writer and Classical Christian teacher, I’m frequently asked why I think it’s important to study the classics, or what C.S. Lewis called Old Western Culture. Usually the questions go something like: What does it matter what a bunch of dead guys thought? Shouldn’t students be focused on an […]

Value Creation Starts with Better Reading

In a previous post, I asserted value creation is one of the most important responsibilities an effective writer has. I explained that writing is not just about self-expression, per se, but about creating value for your readers. In order to do this effectively, you have to know your readers. But there is something else just […]

Now and Later: A Quick Word on YOLO

Aristotle believed poetry was a more philosophical and higher art than history because poetry expresses the universal. Poetry is a picture of man’s imagination, what he is capable of. History on the other hand expressed the particular. It is simply an account of what had actually happened. While I think Aristotle […]

Why Thucydides Still Matters

Of the numerous intrigues present in The Peloponnesian War, Thucydides’ (pronounced: thoo sid id ees) use of speeches is paramount. Within the narrative he includes forty-one different speeches. What is so interesting is how Thucydides approaches the inclusion of these speeches compared to how he ascertains his information for his narrative. […]

How’s That for Application?

  Donald Trump has never taken a logic course to my knowledge; neither has Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders, that I’m aware of. But I’ll get to that in a minute… The science of human reasoning is called logic, and likely no other has contributed more immensely to the field than Aristotle, […]

C.S. Lewis: An Admonishing Angel for the Modern Age

Heaps of tailings have been strewn outside deep shafts where not a few prospectors have sought to discover the rich vein that makes C.S. Lewis’s corpus worth its weight in gold. Like the 49ers of the California Gold Rush, hoards of writers, educators and theologians have flocked to the Sutter’s […]