Pre-Conference Session: Explaining and Teaching Virtue to Baptized Skeptics (A. Smith)

Andrew Smith November 28, 2018

Presented at:
2018 SCL Annual Conference


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.


Classical Education Curriculum Education Faith Virtue


Andrew Smith
Andrew Smith came to Geneva in 2014 from Memphis, TN where he spent eleven years at Westminster Academy, serving as head of upper school, teaching in the disciplines of rhetoric, philosophy, and theology, and shaping the school’s rhetoric curriculum. He earned a BA in History from the University of Memphis, an MDiv from Beeson Divinity School at Samford University, and an MA in Philosophy from the University of Memphis. He currently serves as an Alcuin Fellow with the Society for Classical Learning. Andrew married Keri in 1997, and they have four children—Lizzie, Anna, Sara Kate, and Hugh. One of Andrew’s favorite pastimes is roasting and enjoying great coffee, and he is always happy to converse about that subject.

Other Contributions by Andrew Smith

The Liberal Arts as a Model, not a Modification

Article - 2017 Winter Regional Conference

The Common Topics as Threads that Hold the Verbal Arts Together

Article - 2017 Winter Regional Conference

The Teacher as Curriculum Part 1

Article - 2017 Winter Regional Conference

The Teacher as Curriculum Part 2

Article - 2017 Winter Regional Conference

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