#33: Tracing the Roots of the Moral Imagination

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Welcome to Season 4 of The Classical Homeschool Podcast. At the Classical Homeschool Podcast, our heart is to take on the work of wrestling through the, sometimes difficult and philosophical, ideas presented throughout the classical education movement and bring them down to earth, specifically and practically for the classical homeschooling mom. This season we are focusing our efforts on understanding the moral imagination in relationship to classical education with our spine text of Tending the Heart of Virtue by Vigen Guroian and, of course, Norms and Nobility by David Hicks. We will also be drawing from Guroian’s other work, Rallying the Really Human Things.

We’re back and super excited to be bringing you another a year of The Classical Homeschool! In this episode, we discuss the timeline and common references concerning the moral imagination with the author of our spine text, Tending the Heart of Virtue, Vigen Guroian.

Dr. Vigen Guroian is Professor of Religious Studies in Orthodox Christianity at the University of Virginia, the same  school from which he received his B.A. in 1970. In 1978 he received his PhD from Drew University. He is the author of nine books including the noted Tending the Heart of Virtue: How Classical Stories Awaken a Child’s Moral Imagination and Rallying the Really Human Things: Moral Imagination in Politics, Literature, and Everyday Life.

He has contributed over 200 articles to journals, magazines, books, encyclopedias, and newspapers on a wide range of subjects including morality, ethics, liturgy, marriage and family, children’s literature, the sexualization of the modern American university, and bio-ethics. He has been featured on NPR’s Talk of the Nation as well as Chuck Colson’s Break Point.

Before joining the faculty at Virginia, he was for many years Professor of Theology and Ethics at Loyola College in Baltimore, Maryland. Since 1986 Dr. Guroian has been a member of the faculty of the Ecumenical Institute of Theology at St. Mary’s Seminary and University. For the academic year 1995–1996 he was named the Distinguished Lecturer in Moral and Religious Education at the Institute.

Dr. Guroian is a permanent Senior Fellow of the Russell Kirk Center for Cultural Renewal, a Senior Fellow of the Center on Law and Religion of Emory University, Senior Fellow of the Trinity Forum, and a Richard M. Weaver Fellow.

Dr. Guroian’s books Inheriting Paradise and The Fragrance of God, both Christian meditations on gardening, have earned him invitations to speak and give readings at churches and gardening groups in the U.S. and Great Britain.

“Now may the God of peace himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.” 1 Thessalonians 5:23 ESV

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