Congratulations to the new 2008 essay contest winners! The topic of this year's essay was: "What twenty-first century boys and girls can learn about duty, honor, and courage from the writings of R.M. Ballantyne."
Out of the many fine essays submitted, the judges have selected three which stand above the rest. The grand prize winner will receive $500 cash. Second and third place winners will receive $250 and $100 Vision Forum gift certificates respectively.
The Foundation of Virtue
The grand prize goes to Matthew Wells' outstanding essay, "The Foundation of Virtue". Matthew's essay is notable for its clarity in communicating Ballantyne's heart to inspire in 19th and now 21st century readers the Christian qualities of duty, honor, and courage. He does a great job of articulating the standard by which these virtues must be measured. Read his essay here
What Today's Boys and Girls can Learn from the Writings of R. M. Ballantyne
In second we have Joshua Horn's essay entitled, "What Today's Boys and Girls can Learn from the Writings of R. M. Ballantyne". Joshua explains Ballantyne's overarching desire for his characters to honor God foremost in everything they do. Click here for his essay
R.M. Ballantyne, A Hero for Heroes in the 21st Century
Gehrig Nelson's "R.M. Ballantyne, A Hero for Heroes in the 21st Century" offers some really perceptive insights into the nature of true courage and how godly character is under attack in our day. Read Gehrig's essay here