Not surprisingly, the idea of a college program defined by Faith, Reason, and the Arts soon presented us with some practical difficulties. Each one of those pillars brought its own questions, but the most formidable problem was how to combine each of these areas without sacrificing any one of them. How could a student realistically expect to cover all three of these vast subjects in such a short time? Further, how could we expect artistically inclined students to be interested in the disciplines of reasoning? It seemed as if we were trying to overstuff a goose, or mix oil and water. It seemed as if we were trying to combine three different persons into one man – almost a type of Renaissance man….
But what first seemed like a problem suddenly became the answer. That’s exactly what we were trying to form in our students – the character of the Renaissance, or at least everything good that it stood for. The Renaissance in essence was a rejection of modernity – the modernity of its time – and a return to what was old, and that is why it was new. It was a rebirth of the classics, and the classics are always older and always newer than what is merely up-to-date. The Renaissance was a time when artists were philosophers, and when most philosophers were believers, and when many believers were making art – the best art. In just the same way Living Water College was seeking to return to the original source who is Christ, to all of the great classics of art and literature, to nature, and to attempt to unite them with each other and with their artistic training in a due hierarchy. This new insight didn’t solve all of the practical problems that come with uniting the three pillars into one program, but it made the goal itself appear much more splendid.