Recovering the Lost Tools of Loving: The Missing Link Between Truth and Goodness in Christian Education

Scott Aniol discusses the Judeo-Christian tradition of Beauty, or rightly ordered loves, as the missing link between right thinking and right action, in order to teach our children to be complete Christians in mind, will, and emotions.

Douglas Wilson’s 1991 Recovering the Lost Tools of Learning in classical Christian education enjoys continued growth to this day. Since that time, much has been written about the conservation of the Judeo-Christian liberal arts tradition of academics. Classical teaching methods and curricula have been emphasized as tools to help children learn how to think logically and biblically about the world. However, how do we teach our children to not only know what is lovely but also to love what is lovely? In this session, Dr. Aniol will discuss the Judeo-Christian tradition of Beauty, or rightly ordered loves, as the missing link between right thinking and right action, in order to teach our children to be complete Christians in mind, will, and emotions.

Scott Aniol

Scott Aniol, PhD, is an author, speaker, and teacher of culture, worship, aesthetics, and church ministry philosophy. He is on the faculty at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary; he founded Religious Affections Ministries; he lectures around the country in churches, conferences, colleges, and seminaries; and he has authored several books and dozens of articles. Scott is the Managing Editor of Artistic Theologian, a scholarly journal of worship and church ministry, and serves on the steering committee of the Biblical Worship section of the Evangelical Theological Society. Scott holds a PhD in worship and ministry (SWBTS), a master’s degree in Theological Studies (SWBTS), a master’s degree in Aesthetics (NIU), and a bachelor of music in Church Music (BJU). Scott has served as associate pastor, minister of music, and an elder in churches in Illinois, North Carolina, and currently at Church of Christ the King in Fort Worth. Scott travels around the country and internationally through the ministry he started in 2008, Religious Affections Ministries (www.religiousa ections.org), speaking at churches, Christian colleges, seminaries, and conferences. He has written three books, Worship in Song: A Biblical Philosophy of Music and Worship (BMH Books, 2009), Sound Worship: A Guide to Making Musical Choices in a Noisy World (RAM, 2010), and By the Waters of Babylon: Worship in a Post-Christian Culture (Kregel, 2015). He has also presented academic papers at various meetings such as the Evangelical Theological Society and has dozens of articles and book reviews published in scholarly journals. Scott and his wife, Becky, classically homeschool their two children, Caleb and Kate.

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