Wisdom

We offer the MASTER OF ARTS DEGREE in Christian Wisdom and the DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY degree in Philosophy and Theology.

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:

C.S. Lewis, Apologetics features Mere Christianity, Surprised By Joy, The Pilgrim’s Regress, The Screwtape Letters, The Problem of Pain, The Four Loves, and A Grief Observed. Also includes a lecture from The Great Courses, The Life and Writing of C.S. Lewis, by Louis Markos. Wisdom 510.

C.S. Lewis, Fiction features the fantasy and science fiction work, The Chronicles of Narnia, which includes: The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe; The Horse and his Boy; Prince Caspian; The Voyage of the Dawn Treader; The Silver Chair; The Last Battle; and The Magician’s Nephew, as well as The Space Trilogy: Out of the Silent Planet, Perelandra, and That Hideous Strength. Also includes a lecture from The Great Courses, The Life and Writing of C.S. Lewis, by Louis Markos. Wisdom 511

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 Terese of Lisieux; A Shorter Summa, St. Thomas Aquinas and Peter KreeftWisdom 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 HopeWisdom 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 Eyreand J.D. Salinger’s Franny and ZooeyWisdom 504.

Deep Devotion: The Way of the Pilgrim; The Practice of the Presence of God; Wisdom of the Desert Fathers and MothersThe Philokalia; and Mother Teresa’s No Greater LoveWisdom 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 WestoverWisdom 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 largely 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.