Etienne Gilson, in summarizing Augustine argues that for Augustine, the teacher in a key sense does not "teach" the person he is (purportedly!) "teaching." Rather: teachers "invite him [the student] to enter into himself that he may acquire knowledge of the truths already there." (page 70)
One of the things I am doing while on research leave is trying to finish a book on Augustine. It is an introduction, and is being written for Christian Focus in Scotland. It is--to say the least--a tad intimidating to try and write an "Introduction" (!!!) to Augustine. But on we go. I am working through Etienne Gilson's The Christian Philosophy of Saint Augustine. On page 69 Gilson is discussing Augustine on the nature of teaching, and whether a teacher really teaches anything at all (a sobering thought for a professor).
Here is Gilson on Augustine:
"When a teacher instructs a pupil, does he put into the pupil's mind the ideas signified by the words he uses? In short, is there such a thing as teaching?"
Greetings Friends. The Greens are on Research Leave at Tyndale House in Cambridge, England. It is a great place to study. I am thankful that my employer, Union University, gave the green light for this. Happy to be here!
The wonderful Fran Lancaster has helped me update the site (the site SHE helped create). She has been absolutely super. If you see bugs or problems please do let me know.
I recently gave an interview with "Books at a Glance" on my book, Covenant and Commandment: Works, Obedience, and Faithfulness in the Christian Life. Here is the interview.
I acquired James Billington's Fire in the Minds of Men many years ago. It is a wonderful book on the nature of revolution--especially in the modern era. For folks wanting to understand the revolutionary nature of our times, it is a great read. And if one wants to grasp the way in which the US is in a sense in a state of permanent revolution, it is very helfpful. Here is a helpful essay by Billington over at TAC.