Jesse Gentile

Online Resources for Presocratic Philosophy

(The following intro paragraphs are from PhilPapers.org page for presocratic paper links) The standard edition of the Greek texts is known as Diels Kranz (DK) which refers to the edition by Hermann Diels (revised by W. Kranz) Die Fragmente der Vorsokratiker (sixth edition 1951). Fragments are cited by their numbers in that collection (which includes a German …

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Order of Operations in Exegesis and Theology

This post is my upgrade/response to a diagram I saw presented online. There is a Baptist biblical studies scholar online that has great content if you are starting out in Biblical languages, etc.. . I really appreciate his videos and would not hesitate to recommend him. I was watching a video today and he presented …

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ON THE READING OF OLD BOOKS

I have included below, the bulk of C.S. Lewis’s essay “On the Reading of Old Books” and have left out the latter portion about a recent translation of Athanasius’s On the Incarnation. The entire essay was originally the introduction to a new translation of On the Incarnation. Eventually, Lewis’s wonderful intro was included in God …

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How to Make a Monster: Three Ways to Create a Definition

You think definitions are important. I just know it. Don’t believe me? Look at the knock-down-drag-out arguments in your life and you’ll discover your zeal for definitions. Why was your statement last month not technically a lie? Why is Gina a racist even though she claims not to be ? Why don’t you qualify as …

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What Do We Mean by Classical Education?

In 2022 I began working as an administrator at a classical school in Fullerton, CA. I’m currently undergoing a learning curve with classical education. For those unfamiliar with classical education, it is a movement that has been growing in the US since the 1970’s; its focus is often on liberal arts education (not political liberalism …

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Seeing All of Life Through the Narrative Arc of the Bible

I wrote this devotional up this afternoon for some friends at Assembly Care Ministries. You might not think of the following as a “devotional” because it is closer to a Biblical Theology. However, it is just this sort thinking that I find nourishing in a devotional way). I want to recommend a practice that I …

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The Familiar, the Comfortable, the Kitsch; the Good, the True, and the Beautiful.

I bet that you and I do the following at times. We confuse the familiar, the self-beneficial, the surprising for the good, the true, and the beautiful (in no particular order)? We’d love to think we don’t but I suspect we all do. I suspect I do. Familiar, novel, nostalgic, surprising, self-beneficial – these words …

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Three Forms of Objectivity: Impersonal, Personal, & Interpersonal

There are three ways to look at objectivity; one impersonal the other personal, the third interpersonal. In this post I am thinking of objectivity especially in the context of disagreement or controversy. What do we want? What we want in talk of objectivity, is to get at reality; to get at the truth of the …

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