Classical Christian Education from the Scientific Revolution to STEM

E. Christian Kopff discusses the history of classical christian education from the scientific revolution to STEM.

From Voltaire in the 1700s to the 21st century polemicists and even federal judges, the Scientific Revolution of the 17th century has been interpreted as a move to explain the world as mechanical and godless. In fact, the most important figures in this movement were classically educated Christians. Classical Christian Education is still important for teaching STEM subjects today.

Christian Kopff

E. Christian Kopff was educated at St. Paul’s School (Garden City NY), Haverford College and UNC, Chapel Hill (Ph. D., Classics). He has taught at the University of Colorado, Boulder, since 1973, and most currently as Associate Director of the Honors Program. He has edited a critical edition of the Greek text of Euripides’ Bacchae (Teubner, 1982) and published over 100 articles and reviews on scholarly, pedagogical and popular topics. A Fellow of the American Academy in Rome, he has received research grants from the NEH and CU’s Committee on Research. The Devil Knows Latin: Why America Needs the Classical Tradition (ISIBooks, 1999) is widely cited by Classical Christian educators. He translated Josef Pieper, Tradition: Concept and Claim (ISIBooks, 2008; St. Augustine’s, 2010) and contributed the Introduction to Herbert Jordan’s translation of Homer’s Iliad (Oklahoma UP, 2008).

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