Comenius

  • What We Owe Comenius

    What We Owe Comenius

    When you think of major influencers of Western Civilization or education, names come to mind like Descartes, Erasmus, Kant, Locke, Milton, Newton, Pascal, and Socrates. Many other contributors could be named for sure. However, the above list does not misrepresent a top echelon of personages who shaped the way we think in culture and society…

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  • Allegoric Aspects

    Allegoric Aspects

    John Amos Comenius was known to have been a writing phenom, having more than 140 published works and 40 more unfinished. It is a serious question as to why he chose allegory as his first major writing project. This art form is challenging to pull off in long-form, such as Labyrinth, and he was a…

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  • Enter Comenius’s Labyrinth

    Enter Comenius’s Labyrinth

    The first five chapters of Comenius’s epic story are a mere 14 pages in this new edition. One could read this section in a mere 20 minutes—even if you were one of the slowest readers in the world. There is nothing fancy about them, yet they are laden with sinister clues, intrigue, and a level…

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  • Two Kingdoms: How Comenius Understood it

    Two Kingdoms: How Comenius Understood it

    Understanding an author is almost as important as reading what they wrote. In the case of The Labyrinth of the World -and- The Paradise of the Heart, such is an indispensable approach. John Amos Comenius was multifaceted and complex of a writer as any ever was. Unfortunately, this can present difficulty in understanding him, which…

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  • I Chose to Adapt Labyrinth of the World

    I Chose to Adapt Labyrinth of the World

    In 2020, when I seriously considered adapting Labyrinth of the World, I was first discouraged by one scholar with some relatively strong opinions. The import of his investigative questioning was that there was no value in any work not directly translated from the Czech into English. Yet, after four prior attempts to invent that wheel, I…

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