Course I 2022: Divorcing the Devil: The Moral Vision of CS Lewis

Two of the most memorable of Lewis’s short imaginative writings are The Screwtape Letters and The Great Divorce. Each book frames a moral vision of the Good, but the latter invites us to look from the perspective of God or of Heaven, while the former intentionally adopts the perspective of sinful humanity or of Hell. The result in both books is an extended consideration of perennial moral questions: What is reality like, if moral action is crucial to it?  What is it to be a free moral agent, in a world governed by a moral Lawgiver?  How are Heaven and Hell related to each other? Does God create Hell? How does moral knowledge work? 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 does the work of God in the incarnation transform our vision of the Good? 

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 Divine Comedy; 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 7-14th, 2022 (8 days, 7 nights)
  • Total Credits: 3
  • Tuition & Fees (Total): $1,699

Faculty for Course I

Course II 2022: Coding with the Ancients: Technology and the Liberal Arts

The “common arts,” also known as the applied arts, have a venerable tradition as old as the liberal arts. This course brings the two arts together through the practice and consideration of modern technology. In it, students will not only learn basic programming and robotics using Python ©, a general purpose programming language, but will also reflect together on the challenging questions that technology raises for Christians about human well-being and ordinary embodied human existence.

Professors for this course are drawn from Eastern University’s Data Science and Mathematics departments as well as from Templeton’s Great Books program. The result is a unique course that combines the practice of the common arts with the reflection of the liberal arts in order to help students become skilled practitioners and wise thinkers.

  • Dates: July 18-25, 2022 (8 days, 7 nights)
  • Total Credits: 2
  • Tuition & Fees (Total): $1,499

Faculty for Course II

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 Good Prevails in Lord of the Rings (Theology/Literature)

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