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 two-part course on the two belief systems that have, since the garden of Eden, built two distinct cities in the world.
In Part One of this course, we will examine Plato’s The Republic and Hesiod’s Theogony alongside the Bible. In Part Two of this course, we will examine St. Augustine’s The City of God.
These two courses will juxtapose the Christian view of society and its institutions (family, government, church) over against the secular view of society and its institutions. Anyone with a moral vision for the world and an interest in human flourishing will appreciate the scriptural insights concerning these two visions of culture.
PART ONE: THE REPUBLIC OF PLATO
The first semester of this live online course meets Mondays, 5:00-6:00 pm, PST, Sep 9 – Nov 18, 2019.
In this course, we will:
1. Meet online once-a-week for an hour.
2. Read and discuss Plato’s Republic and Hesiod’s Theogony.
3. Discuss the origins of the themes of the two cities in the Bible and Plato’s Republic.
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.
The only ‘homework’ will be to read the assigned portion of the book and be ready to plunge into a lively discussion. Participants will be able to enjoy casual and interesting interaction from the comfort of their own homes.
Class time: Mondays, 5:00-6:00 PM PT
Class dates: Sep 9 – Nov 18, 2019
Tuition: $250 full course | $150 per semester
Required Materials: See tab below