Eleven-week course for adults
The Tale of Two Cities is not a course on Charles Dickens’ famous novel, however relevant the title. Rather it is a course on the two belief systems that have, since the garden of Eden, built two distinct cities in the world. In this course, we will examine the Bible and Augustine’s City of God alongside Plato’s Republic and other writings of the period, juxtaposing the Christian view of society and its institutions (family, government, church) over against the anti-Christian view of society and its institutions. Anyone with a moral vision for the world will appreciate the scriptural teaching concerning these two visions of culture that have built the two distinct cities—the City of God and the city of man.
This eleven-week, live online course meets Mondays, 4:00-5:00 pm, Sep 9 – Nov 18. In this course, we will:
1. Meet online once-a-week for an hour.
2. Read and discuss Plato’s Republic, Augustine’s The City of God, and a few additional shorter works.
3. Discuss the origins of the themes of the two cities in The Bible, Homer’s Iliad, Plato’s Republic, Vergil’s Aeneid, and Augustine’s City of God.
4. Identify the six simple regimes of classical political philosophy and address their strengths and weaknesses.
5. Study Plato’s epistemology and ontology and the effects these approaches have on education, the soul and the city.
6. Consider the perennial human questions raised by political philosophy and examine the biblical principles that speak to them, as well as discuss contemporary applications that might inform our worldview.
Class time: Mondays, 4:00-5:00 PM PT
Class dates: Sep 9 – Nov 18, 2019
Required Materials: See tab below