Polytheistic Education

Eugen Rosenstock-Heuessy, in The Multiformity of Man (1936), called attention to the fact that, in the old days, a bride went from her father’s house to a new house with a unity of faith and heritage. “She was not exposed to any other man’s doctrine or ideals or values.” This is now completely changed by public or statist education. The state imposes many fathers on a family’s sons and daughters; these teach creeds and values antagonistic to those of the pupils’ families. The result said Rosenstock-Huessy, is a polytheistic education. “Thus, a modern man is not marring one man’s daughter, but many men’s pupil,” and the same polytheistic education is true for the young man. – The Roots of Reconstruction, p.217, R.J. Rushdoony

The Multiformity of Man is available online here.


3 Responses to Polytheistic Education

  1. […] Alexander Solzhenitsyn’s 1978 Harvard Address Here are my notes on Alexander Solzhenitsyn’s well known 1978 Harvard Address. My shortened summaries of each point are highlighted below in blue text. Many of the problems below in my mind can only be redressed through proper discipleship and an important step in that direction is to reject the states educational system. Please see this recent post quoting Eugen Rosenstock-Heuessy regarding the modern notion of polytheistic eduction. […]

  2. Jonathan Byron says:

    What about the exposure of good female children to George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and the other ‘founding fathers’?? Does this qualify as polytheism or polygamy?

    I just don’t get it. Aside from being a shaky metaphor, it seems to be a thinly veiled attempt to curtail education for women.

  3. poststop says:

    Rosenstock-Heuessy is hard to get at times, but worth the investment . The idea is not that we shield our treasures from Marx, but rather Marxists.

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