How to Be a Human Being
God made human beings in His “MIRRIR” image. Made in the MIRRIR image of God, God made human beings to be Moral, Intelligent, Responsible, Recreational, Immortal, and Relational. Through the lenses of both Christian and Non-Christian philosophers, this course reflects all six sides of the MIRRIR Image of God so that Luke Scholars will leave the course not only well-trained in the human discipline of philosophy but also more confident in how to be a human being.
Beauty in Music and the Fine Arts
Is there an absolute standard of beauty? Or, is beauty merely relative, depending solely upon the opinion of he/she who perceives it? In this course students will examine secular and Biblical definitions of beauty. Building upon these foundations students will then study classical works of music and art in light of these disparate definitions.
Jerusalem: The Holy City through Space and Time
Jerusalem is an essential locus for Christians, history, and modern politics. Taking an interdisciplinary approach involving professors from a variety of disciplines, students will explore the geographical, political, religious, and artistic facets that make Jerusalem one of the world’s most notable places and a fascinating topic of inquiry.
Shakespeare as a Template for Pondering our Fallen Human Condition
Students will use the works of William Shakespeare as a prism for viewing the implications of our sinful human condition in literary depictions of individuals at their most debased moments and their most noble aspirations. Tracing the resilience of these themes across time, students will be given an opportunity to see how significant literature can reinforce the urgency of the message of the Gospel in addressing the causes and implications of shattered lives.
The Inklings and Intellectual Friendship
Known as the soil in which C. S. Lewis’s The Chronicles of Narnia and J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings grew, the Inklings was far more than a group of mere storytellers. These Oxford academics confronted cultural transformations with their distinctively Christian humanism. Their work encompasses aesthetics, politics, educational theory, theology, philosophy, and much more. This course will consider the intellectual friendship of the Inklings and their extended circles, highlighting not just the thought but also the importance of community itself.