Covering the same period as The Great Conversation 3, this course is designed for upper level School of Rhetoric students and challenges them 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 will consider how the ideas of the Enlightenment and Romanticism gave way to different manifestations of materialism, socialism and existentialism in the 20th century. Specific emphasis is given to how God’s word of truth and the person and work of Jesus Christ provide the interpretive lens for God’s people to navigate this new world in a way that is for our good and His glory. Class discussions and writing assignments will provide opportunities for students to acknowledge the voices that have contributed to the Great Conversation and begin to add their own compelling Christian voice.
Prerequisites: Minimum age of 14, with exceptions granted.