A Feast

Charlotte Mason described her method of education as a feast set before a child.  I plan for each week so I can offer this.  I fall short, as I am fallible, and life has its own interruptions.  Nonetheless, this is something to which I aspire.  I love thinking of the feast set before us all.  I am learning alongside my children.  Like Mason, I agree that all knowledge is God’s knowledge (if it is indeed true). Karen Glass quotes, “Charlotte was deeply impressed by the depiction of all knowledge having its source in divine outpouring, even the mundane matters of grammar and arithmetic. She admired the complete conception of knowledge having its origin in God, and being introduced into the world by various teachers” (2014, p. 33).   Furthermore, we can look to early church leaders to affirm this idea that the truth comes from God.  Augustine, in his On Christian Doctrine, wrote, “Moreover, if those who are called philosophers, and especially the Platonists, have said aught that is true and in harmony with our faith, we are not only not to shrink from it, but to claim it for our own use from those who have unlawful possession of it,”.  Truth can fall into the hands of anyone, but it can only come from God, who does dispense knowledge as He deems right.  I have also heard of truth being something others cannot see, either because their hearts have been hardened, or God’s restraining hand of mercy has been lifted and they have been given over to their sinful ways (see examples of Pharaoh in Exodus and Paul’s letter to the Romans 1).  Yet, I do think it is interesting how God would choose to impart truth to the pagans.  I am still working through my thoughts about this idea that all truth is God’s truth.  I know there are exceptions as to who is privy to the truth, as I stated above. 

One of our very first Tea Times

As for my family, I am walking in hope and trust that we will be able to experience and to know God for who He is and abide in His truth through His Word, His people, and His revelation in all  the facets of a liberal arts feast, with Him at the center.  A medieval fresco by Andrea da Firenze gleams in the Spanish Chapel in Florence.  Glass writes, “this fresco depicts the classical and Christian understanding of knowledge as a complete, orderly whole, with all forms of knowledge – religious and otherwise – arrayed beneath the Holy Spirit” (2014, p. 32).  This revelation to all by means of the Holy Spirit reflects the unity of knowledge, an example of common revelation, common grace. 

“Finally, brothers, whatever is truewhatever is noblewhatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.”

Philippians 4:8, NIV

The Christian recognizes the unity of knowledge as coming from the One True God.  I also believe God gives the believer a unique way of knowing Him, through His Word, His people, His indwelling Holy Spirit.  Isn’t that the chief end of man, to know God (and to glorify Him and enjoy Him forever)?  The chief end of each homeschool year/month/day, in my mind is pretty simple, and yet it is full at the same time.  There is so much to discover, so much to know! While knowing God is the end goal, I do not think we will ever tire of learning more about Him and His world! There will always be more to learn.  The heavenly feast that awaits us will be a knowledge of Him, but don’t you think we will still be learning Him in heaven, too? It evokes a sense of awe in me to think on this.

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