E. Christian Kopff

E. Christian Kopff

E. Christian Kopff is professor of Classics at the University of Colorado in Bolder. He is the author of The Devil Knows Latin: Why America Needs the Classical Tradition and has recently translated Josef Pieper


The Fear of God

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The Fear of God

Among the most subversive aspects of the Enlightenment Project is its insistence on the ra...
Greek to Us: The Death of Classical Education and Its Consequences

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Greek to Us: The Death of Classical Education and Its Consequences

On the evenings of October 10 and 11, 1999, the A&E cable network broadcast a list of “€œThe 100 Most Influential People of the Past 1000 Years,”€ selected by a “€œBlue Ribbon Panel.”€ 10. Galileo, 9. Copernicus, 8. Einstein, 7. Karl Marx, 6. Christopher Columbus, 5. William Shakespeare, 4. Charles Darwin, 3. Martin Luther, 2. Isaac Newton, 1. Johann Gutenberg. This small group includes a poet, a theologian, a social philosopher, an inventor, a discoverer and five scientists. (Similar lists also privilege science.) The list includes atheists and believers, Catholics, Protestants and Jews. They are all Europeans and all men. The A&E narrative emphasized their curiosity and creativity. I noticed another trait they shared. They all studied Latin. They all had a classical education.


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