WE NOW OFFER BOTH THE MASTER OF ARTS DEGREE AND THE DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY DEGREES IN CHRISTIAN WISDOM.
THE MASTER OF ARTS DEGREE PROGRAM — Learn from many of history’s most inspired and inspiring thinkers.
30 total credits * to include 21 credits from the Wisdom classes listed below. The other 9 credits may be taken from our electives or approved transfer classes. ***
Prerequisite: Modest familiarity with the Holy Bible or consent of professor.
Classes consist of reading, submitting written work in response to the reading, and consulting by email with the professor. **
SOME OF OUR CLASSES:
Timeless Wisdom: May include Soren Kierkegaard’s Provocations and/or Purity of Heart is to Will One Thing; Blaise Pascal’s Pensees; The Story of a Soul, by Therese of Lisieux; Essential Thomas Aquinas. Wisdom 502
Wisdom of the Modern Era: May include C.S. Lewis’s Mere Christianity and/or The Great Divorce; Dallas Willlard’s Hearing God and/or The Spirit of the Disciplines; Brian Zahnd’s Beauty Will Save the World, and Martin Luther King’ Jr.’s, A Testament of Hope. Wisdom 503. Sample syllabus available.
Fiction Truer Than Fact: May include Feodor Dostoyevski’s The Brothers Karamazov and/or Crime and Punishment, Flannery O’Connor’s stories; Graham Greene’s The Power and the Glory; Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre, and J.D. Salinger’s Franny and Zooey. Wisdom 504
Deep Devotion: The Way of the Pilgrim; The Practice of the Presence of God; Wisdom of the Desert Fathers and Mothers; The Philokalia; and Mother Teresa’s No Greater Love. Wisdom 505
Inspired Poetry: Includes poems by William Blake, Sor Juana de la Cruz, John Donne, King David, Christina Rossetti, Francis Thompson, Julia Ward Howe, T.S. Eliot, Gerard Manly Hopkins. Wisdom 506
Awakenings and Memoir: May include Thomas Merton’s The Seven Story Mountain; St. Augustine’s Confessions, and Educated, by Tara Westover. Wisdom 507
Student Created Class:: Offers the student an opportunity to pursue wisdom of his or her choosing, with professor approval. Wisdom 508
The Bible as Literature: Biblical stories, poetry and other forms as exemplary works of literature. Wisdom 509
* Although traditional fifteen to eighteen week semesters do not apply to our classes, we use the standard semester/hour requirement of at least 40 hours of applied study for each credit, or 120 hours for each three credit class.
** Our classes are about reading and writing. As a general rule, we consider each ten pages of reading to equal one semester hour, and each 250 word page of writing to equal 2 semester hours.
*** General Electives can be college classes, credits earned through exam such as CLEP, or credit for life experience, which is explained on a handout we will send upon request.