Modern Secular-Christian Worldviews

Course Description: An interdisciplinary course examining the worldviews, trends, and problems of twentieth-century Western humankind. A Christian worldview and secular thought will be contrasted in several areas, including science and modern literature.

Course Schedule

1.12Getting to Know One Another 
1.14Why Take this Class?: Loving WisdomFerry, Ch.1
1.17OFF: MLK Day   
1.19Syllabus and Worldview IntroHidden Worldviews, Ch. 1
1.21Pre-Modern and Greek PhilosophyFerry, Ch.2
1.24The Triumph of the ChristianFerry, Ch. 3
1.26Christian Art: Grace and Nature 
1.28Hard Times: Modernism and HumanismFerry, Ch. 4
1.31Modernism: Primary SourcesJohn Stuart Mill, Liberty and Utilitarianism
Immanuel Kant, What is Enlightement?
2.2Downstream “Ism”: Scientific NaturalismHidden Worldviews, Ch. 6
2.4Downstream “Ism”: IndividualismHidden Worldviews, Ch. 2
2.7Downstream “Ism”: ConsumerismHiddern Worldviews, Ch. 3
2.9Modern PoetryRead: TS Eliot, Little Gidding
Watch: Little Gidding (Jessica Hooten Wilson)
2.11Modern ArtDue: Check Academic Journal
2.14Movie Monday: The Little Prince(Sunday Night Viewing Party)
2.16PostmodernityFerry, Ch. 5
2.18Postmodernity: Primary SourcesNietzche: Turning Values Upside Down
Jean-Paul Satre Existentialism and Humanism
2.21Postmodernity: Primary SourcesBertrand Russell, Appearance and Reality
Martin Heidegger: Time and Being
2.23Downstream “Ism”: Moral RelativismHidden Worldviews, Ch. 5
2.25Downstream “Ism”: New Age-ismHidden Worldviews, Ch. 7
2.28Downstream “Ism”: Postmodern TribalismHidden Worldviews, Ch. 8
3.2Downstream “Ism”: Salvation by TherapyHidden Worldviews, Ch. 9
3.4Postmodern Art 
3.7Movie Monday: Ladybird(Sunday Night Viewing Party)
3.9After DeconstructionFerry, Ch. 6
3.14-18OFF: Spring Break 
3.21A Secular AgeSmith, Introduction  
3.23A Secular AgeSmith, Ch. 1  
3.25Friday Philosopher: IdealogySlavoj Zicek. Watch here.
3.28A Secular AgeSmith, Ch. 2  
3.30A Secular AgeSmith, Ch. 3  
4.1A Secular AgeSmith, Ch. 4  
4.4A Secular AgeSmith, Ch. 5  
4.6ReviewSmith, Conclusion
4.8Friday Philosopher: HumanityCornel West: Watch here.
4.11Toward a Christian WorldviewHidden Worldviews, Ch. 10
4.13Toward a Christian WorldviewHidden Worldviews, Ch. 11
4.15-18OFF: Easter Break 
4.20Toward a Christian WorldviewBavnick, Intro, Ch. 1
4.22Friday Philosopher: Purpose of LifeJennifer Frey. Watch here.
4.25Toward a Christian WorldviewBavnick, Ch. 2
4.27Toward a Christian WorldviewBavnick, Ch. 3 Due: Academic Journal
4.29OFF: Synod 
5.2Movie Monday Reflection: Tree of Life(Sunday Night Viewing Party)