Rhetoric Divine, Rhetoric Diabolical

Friday, June 26 | 10:30-11:15am

  • Philosophy & Worldview

In this workshop, Kern takes the risk of a direct comparison between the Divine and the diabolical rhetorics of Genesis 1-3. He asks, how was the serpent able to persuade a person to evil who had not yet sinned? This meditation reveals a great deal about how we can use our words infused with the Divine power to bless or with the diabolical power to curse. It argues that Christian rhetoric is fulfilled only in the love that blesses.

Andrew Kern

President; Executive Vice President: The Lost Tools of Writing. At the moment, Andrew Kern has seven grand-children. More trivially, having founded the CiRCE Institute after co-authoring Classical Education: The Movement Sweeping America (with Dr. Gene Edward Veith), he has been compelled to serve as its president. Andrew also bears primary culpability for The Lost Tools of Writing, a classical rhetoric and writing resource. Since establishing CiRCE to serve classical educators through research and consulting and the development of integrated resources, Andrew has trained and apprenticed innumerable school and home educators, heads of school, and school boards. He has also defined, defended, practiced, and supported classical education at countless conferences, conventions, and book retreats. Andrew helped start Providence Academy in Green Bay, WI in 1993, Foundations Academy (now Ambrose School) in Boise, ID in 1996, The Great Ideas Academy in Charlotte, North Carolina in 2001, and Regents School of the Carolinas in 2006, as well as the CiRCE Apprenticeship around 2005. He and his wife, Karen, live in North Carolina, and their five more or less classically educated children and ever more grandchildren live in various places, ranging from Uganda to Georgia, depending on when you ask