Remarkably, it is a man who seeks God in prayer while Rome is crumbling who becomes the leader of a monastic movement that preserves learning and piety for centuries to come. Benedict starts 12 monasteries in his lifetime, each with a school for educating the monks. By 1300 AD, many thousands of monasteries permeate Europe. Through several cycles of growth, stagnancy, corruption, and renewal, we will see that without Benedictine education, we would lack many of the riches that we inherit as classical educators.
In this course, Dr. Perrin notes the pedagogical and liturgical practices that characterized monastic education—many of which may serve to inspire and renew our own classical schools and home schools today.
- Introduction to the Course
- Historic and Modern Notions of Monasticism
- The Legacy of Monasticism
- The Unfinished Temple
- Survey of the Early Monastics
- Anthony the Great
- Pachomius the Great
- Simeon the Stylite
- John Cassian
- Elements of Western Monasticism
- Work, Study, Prayer
- Deep Contemplation of Scripture and Literature
- Rhythm of Solitude and Community
- Rest or Scholé
- Formation / Habits of Holiness
- How to Learn from this Tradition
- Suggested Reading
Christopher received his BA in history from the University of South Carolina and his MDiv and PhD in apologetics from Westminster Theological Seminary. He was also a special student in literature at St. John’s College in Annapolis, Maryland. He has taught at Messiah College and Chesapeake Theological Seminary, and served as the founding headmaster of a classical school in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, for 10 years. He is the author of the books An Introduction to Classical Education: A Guide for Parents, The Greek Alphabet Code Cracker, and Greek for Children, and the coauthor of the Latin for Children series published by Classical Academic Press.
Please Note: The certification credit component of this course is now active but also undergoing refinement and testing.
To obtain a certification credit for this course, simply complete the quiz that follows each presentation in the course, and then also take the certification test at the end of the course. The quizzes are designed to ensure that you have understood the essential content of each presentation, and they can be taken more than once if necessary. The cumulative certification test at the end of the course is given as a pass/fail test and requires that you upload one or more essays demonstrating your understanding this course (with essays evaluated by word count only). When you have completed the course, a certificate that you can print or email will magically appear under the “My Courses” section of this website.
We recommend previewing the essay question at the end of the End-of-Course Test. This will help in guiding your note taking as you progress through the course.
By taking the course for certification credit, you also will be on your way to obtaining a Level 3 certification.
Lesson 2: A Survey of the Monastic Tradition Please sign up for the course before starting the lesson.
Lesson 3: Work, Study, and Prayer Please sign up for the course before starting the lesson.
Lesson 4: Deep Contemplation of Scripture and Literature Please sign up for the course before starting the lesson.
Lesson 5: Images from San Marco Monastery, Florence Please sign up for the course before starting the lesson.
Lesson 6: Rhythm of Solitude and Community Please sign up for the course before starting the lesson.
Lesson 7: Rest or Scholé Please sign up for the course before starting the lesson.
Lesson 8: Formation / Habits of Holiness Please sign up for the course before starting the lesson.
Lesson 9: Afterword and Exhortation Please sign up for the course before starting the lesson.
End of Course Test: Monastic Tradition Please sign up for the course before starting the lesson.