CATEGORY: The Great Books

Great Books 201

Course Access: Lifetime
Course Overview

Great Books 201

Instructor:  Rev. Dr. Paul Michael Raymond 
Phone:  434-941-1895

Course Description

Each of 6 Great Books courses analyzes about 16 classical authors (total 100) and consists of two parts.   First is a thumbnail sketch of each author with review exercise and computer-graded quiz.  Second is in-depth analysis and class
discussion of 8 of the authors using a set of 10 thought questions as a reading and discussion guide. 

There are 2 “sweeps” through history, each covering 50 of the 100 total authors.   The first set of 50 sketches are in the e-book “Keys to the Classics, Vol. I.”  Short answers to the open-end questions are in a separate
Teachers Manual.  The courses are omnibus, blending world history, philosophy, literature, and theology.  Student selects one author on which to write a 2,000 word essay. Reading ranges from 35 to 50 pages every two weeks. An optional
textbook by Francis William Coker, “Readings In Political Philosophy” contains all the required readings.

GB20I, covers the ancient world from Homer to Machiavelli. The work of the Greek philosophers and Roman political theorists was answered by the life and ministry of Christ. The newly launched church challenged the Emperor cult until the conversion of Constantine
(312), who marked a dramatic turning point in the history of Christianity. Previously persecuted by Rome, the church now found herself intertwined with the state for about 700 years. Emperors appointed Bishops, often the highest bidder. Finally, the
church broke free in the Investiture struggle of 1075-1122. You’ll meet key players who shaped the new church/state dynamic leading up to the modern era.  

  • Tuition:    $275 Premier   OR   Tuition:       $25 Basic
  • Grade:       7-8                           Grade:        7-8 
  • Mode:       Asynchronous            Mode:       Self-taught
  • Offered:    Fall                           Offered:      Open Enrollment
  • Textbook: See above               Textbook:    See above