Curriculum

Course I – Socrates on Trial:  Examining the Examined Life

  • At his trial Socrates announces that the unexamined life is not worth living.  But why? Socrates vision of educating the youth through a liberal arts education may seem foreign in today’s culture.  But the liberal in liberal arts does not stand in contrast to conservative, rather it refers to an education that is liberating, that makes one free. The liberal arts enabled young adults to step away from the affairs of the world and devote themselves to extended study with their peers.This course will explore some of the early history of liberal learning, its nature and purpose, and why it has been so critical in the origins of Western Civilization.  Students will read several key ancient works that explore the purpose of learning, friendship, and life itself. Texts include works by Plato, Aristotle, Cicero, as well as authors of Jewish and Christian Scripture.
  • Dates: July 8-16, 2019 (9 days, 8 nights)
  • Total Credits: 3
  • Tuition & Fees (Total): $1,699

Course II – Divorcing the Devil:  C.S. Lewis’s Moral Vision

  • Two of Lewis’ most memorable imaginative writings are The Great Divorce and The Screwtape Letters.  These books invite us to consider perennial moral questions:  What is it to be a free moral agent in a world governed by a moral Lawgiver?  Does God create Hell? What is the relationship between the Good and rational argument?  How do we save our lives by losing them, or lose them by saving them? How do we become the people we were created to be?This is a course in moral theology, in which students will be guided not just by Lewis’s own winsome imagination, but also by some of the writings that inspired him:  Milton’s portrait of Satan in Paradise Lost; excerpts from Dante’s Inferno, Purgatorio, and Paradiso; and stories of ancient heroes traveling to the underworld (Odysseus and Aeneas).  The aim is a coherent Christian vision of ourselves, our world, and our responsibilities in light of the comprehensive supremacy of God in Christ.
  • Dates: July 18-25, 2019 (8 days, 7 nights)
  • Total Credits: 2
  • Tuition & Fees (Total): $1,499

Past Courses:

  • The Examined Life: Knowledge, Wisdom, Virtue, Calling (Western Civilization)
  • The Mystery of the Infinite (Discrete Mathematics)
  • Citizenship: On Earth as it is in Heaven? (Western Civilization)
  • Confronting Dragons: How Goodness Prevails in The Lord of the Rings (Theology/Literature)

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