Classical Education

About the Author
Until his retirement in 2015, Vigen Guroian was Professor of Religious Studies in Orthodox Christianity at the University of Virginia. He is now a Permanent Senior Fellow of the Russell Kirk Center for Cultural Renewal, Senior Fellow at the Center on Law and Religion at Emory University, Distinguished Fellow of the John Jay Institute, and Senior Fellow at the Trinity Forum. He also is on the faculty of Memoria College online and is the author of ten books including The Orthodox Reality: Culture, Theology, and Ethics in the Modern World.  Dr. Guroian is also a frequent speaker at classical education conferences. 

Show Notes
Adrienne and Vigen discuss the new chapters added to the second edition of Tending the Heart of Virtue which include: 
  • The Triumph of Beauty in The Nightingale and "The Ugly Duckling"
  • The Goodness of Goodness: The Grimms' "Cinderella" and John Ruskin's The King of The Golden River
  • Obedience and The Path to Perfection in George MacDonald's The Wise Woman: A Double Story
  • An expanded biographical essay
Ideas that were discussed include: 
  • Discussions for parents and teachers, about the impact from the book Tending the Hearts of Virtue.    
  • The depth and meanings of fairy tales such as beauty and transformation, judgment, obedience, and truth. 
  • Ways to read, listen, and allow the stories to unfold imagination and real life lessons. 
Books and Resources Mentioned

Books by Vigen Guroian
  • Tending the Heart of Virtue: How Classic Stories Awaken a Child's Moral Imagination (the second edition) 
  • Inheriting Paradise: Meditation on Gardening 
  • Rallying the Really Human Things: Moral Imagination In Politics, Literature, and Everyday Life
Other Stories
"The Ugly Duckling" by Hans Christian Andersen
"The Nightingale" by Hans Christian Andersen
"Cinderella" by The Brothers Grimm
"The Juniper Tree" by The Brothers Grimm
The King of the Golden River by John Ruskin
The Wise Woman: A Double Story by George MacDonald 
"The Fantastic Imagination" by George MacDonald
The Princess and The Goblin by George MacDonald
The Little Lame Prince byDinah Maria Mulock Craik
The Victorian Fairy Tale Book by Michael Hearn
Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi
Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
Other authors mentioned: Charles Dickens, Homer,C.S. Lewis, G.K. Chesterton and Greek Myths

The Second Edition of Tending the Heart of Virtue can be purchased through all major book sellers. 
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 336 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0195384318
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0195384314
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 330 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 019538430X
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0195384307

The Book the Vigen wishes he had read earlier in his life: The Abolition of Man by C.S. Lewis

Adrienne's favorite book by Dr. Guroian is The Melody of Faith: Theology in an Orthodox Key

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