Students in TGC 1 engage the Great Conversation at its beginning by learning some of the earliest and most beautiful stories ever written. They cultivate the skill of close and […]
The Great Conversation is a longstanding dialogue about universal experiences, historical events, and philosophical ideas. Contained in what are known as the Great Books, this dialogue encapsulates the questions that have been asked and answered since the beginning of time and has shaped every aspect of Western civilization. In The Great Conversation courses, we engage the dialogue using a chronological and integrated approach to benefit from the context that each genre (literature, history, theology and philosophy) provides for the others. We do not study these writings from a supposedly neutral perspective, but rather from the context of the biblical worldview. The ultimate goal is that, as students learn to love what is good, true, and beautiful in these works, they will grow in their love of God and neighbor.
The Great Books are delightful, but also demanding. The Great Conversation courses aim to provide a foundation for life-long study of these works. School of Logic students become familiar with the great stories, events and ideas of the time through close reading. As they grow in their knowledge of the works, students will have the opportunity to examine and engage the ideas they encounter from a biblical perspective. School of Rhetoric students continue the habit of close reading and examination of the main ideas while cultivating deeper skills of thinking, integration, and expression. As they grow in their ability to express a topic with eloquence and relevance, students will become more effective in impacting the broader culture for Christ by speaking the truth in love for God and neighbor.
Students in TGC 2 engage the Great Conversation as it unfolded during the Middle Ages through a study of some of the most influential works of the medieval times as […]
In TGC 3, students engage the Great Conversation by studying some of the most influential writings and events that shaped the modern world, beginning with the Protestant Reformation. Students continue […]
This course is designed for students who begin The Great Conversation courses in ninth or tenth grade and can benefit from a survey of ancient works before moving on to […]
TGC 4 takes students deeper into the works of many of the same authors covered in TGC 1. Taught alongside several books of the Bible, the primary source writings challenge […]
As in TGC 2, students in TGC 5 engage the Great Conversation as it unfolded during the Middle Ages but through a deeper study of some of the most influential […]
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 […]