Teaching Plato


Plato taught me much through high school. My first encounter was the “Allegory of the Cave” in world history as a sophomore in high school. The teacher lent me the Republic, and I read it. Most notably, I read it in my chemistry class causing more than one problem for myself.

When teaching youth at Taos, we acted out the story of the Allegory of the Cave.

Plato’s idea of the forms and the mind of God along with the state of man is expressed most concisely in the Allegory of the Cave. Well, maybe there’s somewhere else, but I haven’t found it. It is also one of the stories that invites us to look beyond our perspective, to allow that what we see and comprehend are not completely true.

To understand or explore something as complex as the incarnation, the allegory offers a way of understanding the condition of humanity that Christ enters to heal and rescue.

Perhaps it’s not an orthodox way of teaching youth, but I hope it helps them understand a more complete story of salvation and truth seeking. It still fascinates me and captures my imagination even now.


About Sean Smith

Husband, Father, Pastor, Swimmer, Writer, Reader, and attempted Adventurer!
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