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The Age of Martha: A Call to Contemplative Learning in a Frenzied Culture
T. S. Eliot characterizes modern life as having “neither plentitude nor vacancy,” and goes on to say that our lives are “distracted from distraction by distraction.” The truth is that the world is perennially too much with us. We’re always in danger of getting and spending and giving our hearts away, of trading our glimpses of Proteus rising from the sea for glimpses of th ...more
Paperback, 216 pages
Published August 23rd 2019 by Classical Academic Press
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I like to read an educational philosophy book on my summer break and I picked this one up at the GHC. It was so good! I literally marked up every page. The call to a contemplative life, how to go about that, why we should allow time for contemplation, the role of education, and practical questions were all in this book. He argues that every age has a saint that is an antidote for its problems and St Augustine is the saint to read about for our distracted age. So my practical takeaways are 1) rea ...more
Excellent breakdown of schole, time (chronos / kairos), the “shallows” of digital technology; draws heavily on Josef Pieper (and makes him easy to understand!). I have some questions on how this fits into a Charlotte Mason education so I’m going to suggest reading this with my IRL CM group, alongside our current Volume.