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A Liberal Arts Education? Inconceivable!

In William Goldman’s, The Princess Bride, Vizzini gets into the habit of saying, “Inconceivable!” To which Inigo Montoya eventually objects and says, “You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.” Such is often the case when folks in modernity use the expression, […]

Saturday School: Lesson #8 – Supporting your Thesis, Part IV (Induction)

Lesson #8 – Supporting your Thesis, Part IV (Induction) Complete the reading assignment Complete the writing exercise Post your assignment in the comments Share the lesson with a friend Reading Review Last week we learned how syllogisms work. They are the framework of a deductive argument. We learned there are three kinds […]

Saturday School: Lesson #7 – Supporting your Thesis, Part III (Syllogisms)

  Lesson #7 – Supporting your Thesis, Part III (Syllogisms) Complete the reading assignment Complete the writing exercise Post your assignment in the comments Share the lesson with a friend Reading Review Last week we discussed how the ideas a writer develops to support a paper’s thesis can be classified into two main categories: logic and topics of […]

On Reading Wisdom (Hokma) Literature

The Hebrew Scriptures are divided into three major sections: Torah, Prophets, and Writings. Categorized under Writings are the wisdom books, also referred to as Hokma literature because of their extensive use of the various forms of the Hebrew root, hkm, meaning wisdom. Wisdom literature varies within the Judeo-Christian traditions, but […]

Saturday School: Lesson #6 – Supporting Your Thesis, Part 2 (Logic)

Lesson #6 – Supporting Your Thesis Statement, Part 2 (Logic) Complete the reading assignment Complete the writing exercise Post your assignment in the comments Share the lesson with a friend Reading Review Last week we discussed the fact that a writer must have real and reasoned arguments to support his thesis. The way […]

Saturday School: Lesson #5 – Supporting Your Thesis, Part 1 (Definition)

Lesson #5 – Supporting Your Thesis Statement I (Definition) Complete the reading assignment Complete the writing exercise Post your assignment in the comments Share the lesson with a friend Reading One last reminder, in case you’re just joining us: we are focusing on the persuasive essay because good writing must have a compelling message. Later, […]

Saturday School: Lesson #4 – The Thesis Statement

Lesson #4 – The Thesis Statement Complete the reading assignment Complete the writing exercise Post your assignment in the comments Share the lesson with a friend Reading As I explained last week, we will be focusing on the persuasive essay to start. This is because of what we have learned about writing: […]