Gates Unlocked and Gardens of Delight: Comenius on Piety, Persons, and Language Learning

David Smith


In this essay, David Smith focuses on the educational theories of John Amos Comenius, the celebrated Moravian educator. In particular, he explores the question of how Comenius relates his Christian faith to his educational theory. First, he investigates one of Comenius' central strategies for relating faith to education, namely his focus on a Christian under-standing of the nature of the human person who is to be educated. Second, in order to examine the extent to which this broad confessional basis informs specific educational proposals, he explores the connections between his theological account of personhood and his reforms in the teaching of modern languages, of which he is considered an important pioneer. Mr. Smith is Assistant Professor of German at Calvin College.


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