“The Great War” | Live Class for Adults with Tom Garfield


In this ten-week, online course (Thursdays, 4:00-5:00 pm, Feb 28-May 2) we will:

1. Read and discuss All Quiet On the Western Front (by Erich Maria Remarque). This is considered THE book on World War I, a war most people don’t know much about, but its importance was phenomenal. The book is written from the German side, but it resonates with and reflects the experience of soldiers from all sides.

2. Discuss the causes, unique aspects, and results of this war, particularly the involvement of the United States, which was very controversial, even at the time. It altered the history, culture, and political trajectory of the United States for the rest of the 20th century, at a minimum.

3. Consider historical events, arguments, personalities, and facts from both sides that few people actually know. Why was it the first “world war?” Why did Wilson call it the ‘war to end all wars’ and necessary to ‘make the world safe for democracy?’

4. Examine what biblical principles and applications can and should be part of understanding this war that cost at least 10,000,000 lives, and lead to its horrible, but inevitable sequel 20 years later.

5. Meet online once-a-week for an hour. The only ‘homework’ will be to read the assigned portion of the book and be ready to plunge into lively discussion.

Participants will enjoy interacting from the comfort of their homes.

Duration: 10 weeks
Price: $225
Instructor: Tom Garfield
Level: Adults

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The book, All Quiet On the Western Front, can be purchased from Amazon.


Tom was the superintendent of Logos School in Moscow, Idaho from its opening in 1981 until 2016. He has a BFA degree in Art and Education, and a Masters in Ed Admin, both from the University of Idaho. Tom taught history, art, Bible, and directed drama productions at Logos School for over 35 years. He served as a founding board member of the Association of Classical and Christian Schools (ACCS) for 25 years. After retiring from Logos School in 2017, Tom opened Heritage Arts Academy in Moscow, Idaho. In addition, he is the Dean of Academics for Veritas Scholars Academy. He and his wife Julie have four children and eleven grandchildren.

In his spare time he picks up his brushes, and places nature on a canvas. Some of his artwork can be viewed on his blog, TRG Prints.

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