Having worshiped at the altar of unaided Reason in the 18th century, Western Man drifted toward a more subjective, emotionally-driven philosophy of progress and optimism in the 19th century. But a radical shift took place in the 20th century that extinguished the unbridled idealism of the 1800s. At the same time, the West experienced a deterioration in the belief in objective reality and morality. In this course, we will explore the works of literature that both shaped and reflected modern man. The list of writers includes such influential authors as James Joyce, Virginia Woolf, William Faulkner, Albert Camus, and C.S. Lewis. We will examine the sources and implications of various worldviews such as existentialism, relativism, communism, atheism, multiculturalism and feminism. We will also consider where these various views have led us into the 21st century, and how Christians can understand them and, as I Peter 3:15 says, “give a defense to everyone who asks you the reason for the hope that is in you.”
This course carries an honors designation.
This class is intended for 12th graders with substantial exposure to great books such as those included in The Great Conversation series. Due to the apologetic component of this class, students may receive credit against graduation requirements for either Literature or Theology.