Scott Postma

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

On the Profit of Pagan Literature

One of the ongoing questions often asked–and it’s one that is frequently addressed in ancient Christian literature–is why Christians should incorporate ancient pagan literature in their own education and literature. In other words, “What does Jerusalem have to do with Athens?” Basil the Great, in a work titled, To Young Men, on How […]

Saturday School: Lesson #10 – Analysis and Synthesis

Lesson #10 – Analysis and Synthesis Complete the reading assignment Complete the writing exercise Post your assignment in the comments Share the lesson with a friend Reading Review In the last lesson, we discussed the five topics of invention most useful in developing arguments for our thesis: What is the definition of […]

Saturday School: Lesson #9 – Supporting your Thesis, Part V (Invention)

Lesson #9 – Supporting your Thesis, Part V (Invention) Complete the reading assignment Complete the writing exercise Post your assignment in the comments Share the lesson with a friend Reading Review In the last couple of lessons, we have learned that a deductive argument uses syllogistic logic to make a point […]

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 […]