TGC 6 challenges upper level School of Rhetoric students to discuss how the people, ideas and books from the Modern Era have brought us to our present day. Using various works of theology, philosophy and literature, students consider how the ideas of the Enlightenment and Romanticism gave way to manifestations of materialism, socialism and existentialism in the 20th century. Students examine how God’s Word and the person and work of Jesus Christ provide the interpretive lens for God’s people to navigate this new world for our good and His glory. Class discussions and writing assignments provide opportunities for students to acknowledge the voices that have contributed to the Great Conversation and to begin to add their own compelling Christian voice.

Topics include: writings and events that shaped the modern world; regular class discussions and writing assignments on the readings and their significance in historical and biblical context; and the art of dialogue from a biblical perspective.

Prerequisites: Minimum age of 14, with exceptions granted.

Homework Habits: tudents typically spend 3-5 hours a week on reading assignments, though this depends on the student’s reading speed. Assignments also include writing discussion board posts, preparing student-led discussions, and writing two papers per semester.

Suggested Grade Level: 12

2024-2025 TGC 6 Book List