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“Not to engage in the pursuit of ideas is to live like ants instead of like men.”

~ Mortimer Adler

“I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen, not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.”

~ C.S. Lewis

“The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting; it has been found difficult and left untried.”

~ G.K. Chesterton

“If [the gospel] is dull, then what, in Heaven's name, is worthy to be called exciting? The people who hanged Christ never, to do them justice, accused him of being a bore-- on the contrary, they thought him too dynamic to be safe.”

~ Dorothy Sayers

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Teaching Students to Think Well

Itís not uncommon for visitors to arrive at the Living the Answer website, perhaps because of a recommendation from a friend, and wonder what sort of instructor teaches classes ranging from writing to algebra to economics to apologetics. It's true that the range of classes offered has grown since I started teaching little groups of homeschoolers logic, writing, and Christian worldview back in 2007. However, the same focus and the same passion drives every class: a desire to provide the instruction and the motivation that students need to become excellent thinkers, effective communicators, and virtuous adults.

When colleges are asked to list the areas where todayís student is most lacking, one of the most frequently cited is the inability to really thinkólogically, analytically, and creatively. Most students, even those with an otherwise solid education, simply donít know how to interact with challenging ideas. Yet, ironically, when business leaders and entrepreneurs are surveyed about the skills most needed in todayís changing and knowledge-based economy, one of the most frequently cited is the ability to really thinkólogically, analytically, and creatively.

That ability to think, to consider a problem in its various dimensions and implications, is the common theme that runs through all Living the Answer classes. Whether they are learning the effects of competition in a free market, the purpose of a conclusion in an essay, or the use of the cosmological argument in apologetics, students will be challenged to truly engage the ideas through thought-provoking readings, stimulating discussions, and analytical papers. But please donít take my word for it; read the testimonials page to see what other homeschoolers have to say. And if you have any questions at all about the classes offered here, please donít hesitate to .

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David Vogel

P.S. Parents sometimes want to know "just how Christian" these classes are. Some classes, like History's Great Ideas: Basic Philosophy (and Christian Worldview & Apologetics!), are taught from an explicitly Christian perspective. In others, like the algebra classes, questions of faith simply don't come up very often. I don't shoehorn theology lessons in where they aren't relevant, but I'm a Christian whether I'm teaching apologetics or algebra, and it's always possible that it may come up even in an unrelated class.