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Julian's Shadow

When the emperor Julian the Apostate wanted to attack the Church but not create martyrs because he remembered how the martyrs had been honored, "he enacted a law by which Christians were excluded from the cultivation of literature" lest they "be able the more readily to meet the arguments of the heathen." Thus wrote Socrates (not the philosopher but the church historian) in a.d. 479.

Isn't it sad that so many Christians voluntarily subject themselves to this edict today—with the same result as that intended by their ancient enemy? Study the Trivium (grammar, logic, and rhetoric) as your lifeblood, second only to the Scriptures themselves. Indeed, without them, how will you even read the Scriptures, much less proclaim or defend them? Don't let Julian's evil plan succeed.

Donald T. Williams Ph.D., is R. A. Forrest Scholar at Toccoa Falls College. He is the author of eleven books, most recently Deeper Magic: The Theology Behind the Writings of C. S. Lewis (Square Halo Books, 2016) and An Encouraging Thought: The Christian Worldview in the Writings of J. R. R. Tolkien (Christian Publishing House, 2018). He is a member of University Church, an interdenominational house church in Athens, Georgia.

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