We discuss the history of the concept of education being formation as it is seen in various sources: Plato, Aristotle, Augustine, and C. S. Lewis. As embodied souls, we must recognize that our actions shape our soul’s desires. We delve into Plato’s Republic, discussing Plato’s vision of the just soul as it relates to Lewis’s concept of “men without chests”, seen in Abolition of Man. We connect these concepts to scripture by discussing the creation of man and Deuteronomy 6. Additionally, we discuss James K. A. Smith’s work Desiring the Kingdom and how it sheds light on liturgies that shape us. We discuss how education leads us through cycles of discovery, wonder, worship, action, and wisdom. Ultimately, we consider the vital role education can play in forming students’ loves in a way that results in their flourishing. 


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