Ancient Wisdom for Modern Teachers

In a treatise extolling the virtues of virginity and celibacy, the church father Gregory of Nyssa enunciated a principle which applies to all areas of life, especially teaching:  “Any theory divorced from living examples, however admirably it may be dressed out, is like the unbreathing statue, with its show of a blooming complexion impressed in tints and colours; but the man who acts as well as teaches, as the Gospel tells us, he is the man who is truly living, and has the bloom of beauty, and is efficient and stirring,” (On Virginity, chap. 23).

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