Pre-Conference Session: Explaining and Teaching Virtue to Baptized Skeptics- Part 1 (J. Gibbs)

Classical teachers face an uphill battle. They help students cultivate virtue despite the fact that many Christians do not believe that cultivating virtue is important. Rather, many American Christians believe that gaining virtue is an unnecessary concern of delusional Christians who don’t understand that salvation is by grace alone.

The Christian teacher needs both a philosophy which justifies teaching virtue, as well as habits and practices which employ that philosophy in a concrete, material manner. These lectures aim to give teachers a way of describing the cultivation of virtue in a manner that will make sense to nominal Christians who do not care about good works, or who view virtue as a nice-albeit-unnecessary aspect of Christianity. These lectures will also offer practical habits that teachers can bring to the classroom to reinforce the importance of virtue.