In today’s episode, Mystie Winckler and Brandy Vencel discuss Werner Jaeger’s introduction to his three-volume series, what Paideia: The Ideals of Greek Culture, Jaeger’s definition of education, what culture is, why Christians are resistant to honoring the Greeks, and much more. Download to listen, subscribe and be a Sister!



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14 Responses

  • I really wanted to listen to this podcast but I have to say that as a homeschooling mom I just don’t have the time. I would really appreciate your episodes to be more succinct. Or at least specify that you don’t actually dig into the content that you’re advertising until 20 minutes in? An hour to listen to a lot of “side notes” that are mostly your own personal interjections but necessarily helpful feels like a a waste of time. Sorry! Just trying to give constructive feedback.

  • I would think Cato’s concerns about adopting the Greek culture and the diminishment of the Roman culture is probably due to the fact that the Romans had a history of destroying other cultures by assimilating them into their own culture eg. the Etruscans. Whether realistic or not, that might explain his concern with a wide adoption of Greek culture and philosophy.

  • I really enjoyed this. A man at my church recently asked my husband and I if we had heard of Paideia and I had heard it mentioned, but have not thought much about it. I regularly listen to your podcasts while I clean Friday nights (it makes cleaning enjoyable). I now plan on joining the forum and buying the book in the near future in order to follow your study.

    • Woohoo!

      We haven’t posted any more conversations yet, but when we do, feel free to contribute to the discussion in the post comments — it’ll be like a little book club, even if it’s 2 months later! 🙂

  • The Christian cultural balance between the H & G was a needed revelation for me, as I’ve been struggling through the reasons for celebrating, for instance, Purim vs Lent… Hebrew vs. early church traditions. It does not have to be an either/or (in my book), but there are some Protestant vs Catholic feelings involved here for many people I think. It was fascinating to think of the Greeks being prepared also for Jesus, as a balancing force to the Hebrews. Even though I would have assented that, it seems freeing to me in my Protestant world.

  • Your conversation was so interesting. You both brought up a lot of good points.

    One thing that fascinated me was Jaeger’s observation that the Greeks were able to exercise individuality and freedom in their various art forms not by trying to be free, per se, but rather by first discovering the objective universal laws and standards that govern the world. Their understanding of the parameters by which they were bound was precisely what allowed them true freedom to develop as individuals. That’s something that I’m going to spend some time contemplating.

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