The way you guided us through the class changes everything for me. I read differently and now long for deeper, better-communicated messages in films. My list of authors has grown exponentially. I loved the poetry, the music of singer-poets, and wrangling with philosophical arguments we found in unexpected places. I love how it was all presented with and eye toward God, accepting his gifts from those who speak to us through our eyes, our ears, our minds, our hearts. It was a short class, but you left a doorway open for us to find new wonders and challenges on our own. Thank you for not hiding this light under a bushel; thank you for sharing your gifts with us.
I might have only been able to grasp obvious symbols in Moby Dick reading the book myself. If it was not for Mr. Kaloger’s profound insight and proper teaching along with Mr. Kirby’s curriculum, I would be totally ignorant of the meaning behind Moby Dick and many other books.
I am so grateful to God for putting Cambridge in my life. God increased my faith and capacity to know His goodness through the development of a Christian mind in me. Not only did Cambridge give me an understanding and heart for the culture, but it gave me an understanding and heart for my Redeemer. God used my Cambridge studies to instill a true belief that He is sovereign, good and purposeful; therefore He can be trusted. Thank you and praise be to God for what he is doing through the study center in central Florida.
The five years I spent at Cambridge Study Center are five of my most favorite years. The excitement of learning and growing in the knowledge of God, His world, and His people through reading great literature and spirited class discussion have added immeasurable joy and meaning to my life.
I have followed your work from afar and am impressed by what you are doing. As I think you know, my great desire is to encourage worldview teaching all across the country. It thrills me when I encounter someone like you doing what you’re doing.
I know of no other educational institution that is doing for its students what Cambridge is doing for their students–integrating facts with the ability to think in a thoroughly Christian way. How is Cambridge able to accomplish this? the teachers at Cambridge are achieving a rich balance in the lives of young people in particular by jettisoning the pedagogical errors of the recent past in favor of an approach that takes seriously the fact of the imago Dei–that the students are created in God’s image, are rational, moral creatures and as young Christian’s can and ought to know how literature, history, philosophy, theology, apologetics, philology–indeed the whole breadth of human endeavor–serves our Creator and Redeemer.
At Cambridge we are challenged to exercise our minds in all areas of our life with humility and to show Christ and speak Christ to a fallen world. We have come to understand that to be effective salt and light in our culture we must understand our culture, not separate ourselves from it. Cambridge Study Center has been a transforming experience for me and for others, both the adults and the wonderful young people that are studying there.
Young people in our society are not being taught to think critically. Nor are they encouraged to think of education as a life-long endeavor that continues after high school and college. The curriculum and style of teaching offered by Cambridge Study Center is a refreshing and much needed change. As a Cambridge student, my daughter has learned to analyze the books she reads and, consequently, has become interested in educating herself. I enjoy hearing her and her friends discussing various philosophers, and it is fun listening to them comparing notes on doctrinal issues. Often I hear them discussing an author’s intent or a film director’s worldview. My daughter and the other young people at Cambridge Study Center are developing life-long learning skills and priorities. Most important, she and her friends have learned to apply the truth of Scripture to all areas of life.
The adult Thoughts Captive class taught me think in an entirely new and more perceptive way about what I see and read. With my college degree being in English Literature, I assumed it would be just another literature class, but it wasn’t at all. We delved into the pieces looking for the author’s worldview and not just WHAT the author was saying but WHY he was saying it and what the ramifications of such thinking are. Art and literature are more than mere entertainment; they espouse a worldview and we had better be savvy lest we be converted to unBiblical and unjustifiable beliefs without even realizing the process has taken place. Thoughts Captive awakened me to what is going on behind the scenes of art. I highly recommend it for any thinking person who does not want to be an uncomprehending lemming.
Over the years I have been amazed by the Cambridge Study Center. Their educators and students continually enlighten and enrich our community. The study center has been a source of change, a place for the Christian mind to grow and develop. Cambridge Study Center is truly a gem to be treasured.