Students Use Easter Lesson to Show Power of Classical Program

Students were silent in thought. “How do you know the resurrection really happened?” Principal Isaac stood confident in front of the classroom and posed the question again. His course on logic has provided structures for students to build arguments, and as the class is approaching the end of the year it was time to see if they could apply what they’ve learned.

Hands raised to refute the challenges students heard from Mr. Isaac. Some referenced sermons they heard on the topic, commenting on the swoon theory and using the martyr stories of the disciples as evidence that the resurrection really happened. Each volley he turned back to the students. Principal Isaac kept pushing the students back to how they know and what evidence they’re using to prove their point. The resurrection of Jesus is the crux of Christianity. “Is it true?” Was it made up, as some have claimed? Then one eighth grade student raised his hand, calmly, and offered a stunning blow to quell the torrent of challenges from Principal Isaac.

The eighth grade student cited a book the class read in their Humanities course. The student called attention to Eusebius, a church historian from the 200s. The student noted the account of the resurrection from Eusebius, who not only referenced the Apostles’ accounts but also spoke of Pontius Pilate and Tiberius, whose reports were echoed throughout Palestine. The student used the tools of logic to communicate to Mr. Isaac that, had the early church fabricated accounts of Christ they would’ve been discredited by early historians.

The reference was met with others from the class. Principal Isaac was encouraged by the cascade of responses. The immediate benefit of the classical program in defending the resurrection was evident. Not only were students applying their instruction in logic class, but also the cross-discipline reference to their Bible and literature courses displayed a level of mastery. There are many other incidents, similar to this one where we see students who have gained confidence to build reasoned thought, even in the face of challenges from their Principal, and hold a posture of educating to inform others with a heart for truth. Building Faith, developing intellect, and strengthening character in school and out.