When it comes to being a christian gentleman or lady, we should want to know something other than external behavior. Christian schools have a tendency to produce what Christ describes as “whitewashed tombs” or, as Evan Wilson warns, “One is not what one must pretend to be.” Through Evan’s seminars he developed 15 rules of mind for the true gentleman and the true lady. Approaching it philosophically rather than behaviorally makes this body of thought applicable regardless of era, culture, or economy. The philosophical principles that cause the gentled social behavior are fixed and beget it without pretension. It is always better to “transform your life by the renewal of your ‘mind’ than to be a poseur. Rules one through five include: a gentleman is modest, a gentleman is honest, a gentleman has good breeding, a gentleman has genteel carriage, a gentleman is clean.
In 1980, Evan and his wife, Leslie, bought a large 8000 sq.ft. arts and crafts home to have a greater effect on college students through hospitality and conversation. The Big Haus is a Christian boarding house and philosophy and arts ministry, through which have traveled over 300 students and the Wilson’s own four children. Mr. Wilson has also pastored All Souls Christian Church for 18 years and teaches seminars in Christian social philosophy and antiquities. In educational circles he has both taught at Montrose Academy and Logos School. While serving many years on the SCL board he has spoken at their’s and other educational conferences on historic and philosophic topics.