Classical Astronomy (Fall 2019)

From: $58.17 / month for 6 months

Why should Christians study astronomy? What is the relationship between the Bible and outer space (or, as the Medievals would put it, the heavens)? What can the sun, moon, planets, and stars tell us about God? About Man? About our proper place in this universe?
In this course, students will spend a semester learning about the heavens. The course begins with the history of astronomy, focusing primarily on the uniquely humble, God-fearing view of the universe that the Medievals cultivated. The course then shifts into astronomy from the Earth’s surface, which includes the motion of the sun, moon, stars, and planets, the phases of the moon, mapping the moon, particular stars and constellations, eclipses, and more. The course ends with a host of fun and surprising facts about the various astronomical objects in the universe, tying together all the information presented throughout the term into a distinctly Christian worldview.

Weekly Recitations: Friday, 10:00—11:30 am Pacific Time
Credits: 1/2 Science Credit
Price: $349 – Fall Semester (September – December)

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Course Goals

  • The student will gain an appreciation and love for the design and beauty found in nature on a macroscopic scale.
  • The student will gain an understanding of the medieval view of astronomy, and understand how it vastly differs from our often emaciated modern view.
  • The student will gain an understanding of the position and motion of various objects and phenomena visible in the night sky.
  • The student will gain an understanding of the progression of astronomical thought and discovery throughout history.
  • The student will gain an understanding of the scientific process of developing theories to interpret observations by studying the specific example of the geocentric to heliocentric shift of the solar system.
  • The student will develop and practice in-class discussion of various topics, both planned

STUDENT PREREQUISITES
Minimum age: 14 years old.

TECHNOLOGY:
Each student must have and be ready to use in class:
– A computer
– Broadband internet access
– A computer microphone (headset recommended)
– A webcam

HOW ARE THE LIVE SESSIONS CONDUCTED?
The weekly “recitations” are live video sessions that meet once a week, in which the students and tutor discuss the material being studied, go over the students’ work, and preview the work for the next week. The students and tutor log in to a virtual classroom at the stated time for the tutorial and then are able to communicate by talking, typing, and collaborative web browsing. There is no special software needed beyond a web-browser plugin (zoom.us). Compatible with Mac, PC, iOS, and Android.

Scott_PostmaScott Postma served in pastoral ministry for the past 20 years and is the author of The Most Valuable Gift and Discover Your Significance (published by Coram Deo Press). He is married to his high school sweetheart, has four amazing children, and has a precious grand-daughter he calls Maddie-cakes.

Scott has earned degrees in creative writing (A.A. from the College of Southern Nevada ), theology (B.A., M.A. from Salt Lake Baptist College), religion (B.S. from Liberty University), and classical Christian studies (M.A. from Knox Theological Seminary). Currently, he’s living in Moscow, ID, pursuing an M.A. in Theology and Letters at New Saint Andrews, a Ph.D. in Humanities at Faulkner University, and teaches at Roman Roads Classroom and Poiema.

He’s passionate about the craft of writing, exploring the Great Conversation, obeying the Great Commandment, and teaching the Great Commission while collecting more books than he’ll ever read in a lifetime.

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