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Thursday, October 22, 2009

Theology 101: Social Ethics: High School Online Course

Update: This live course has concluded and is available now as a recorded course through our Subscription Service. This is a great way to learn at your own pace when your schedule allows. To subscribe or learn more:Adult and High School Catholic Online Classes

This Spring '10 course is the third and last in our Theology 101 series. These courses can be taken together or independently. Whether or not you took the first two in the series, you'll benefit greatly from Social Ethics. Miss Ashour is an outstanding theologian and teacher. Most recently she has been employed by Ascension Press as a national speaker.

Course Description:
“…[B]y reason of their special vocation it belongs to the laity to seek the kingdom of God by engaging in the temporal affairs and directing them according to God’s will. …There they are called by God that, being led by the spirit to the Gospel, they may contribute to the sanctification of the world, as from within like leaven, by fulfilling their own particular duties” (Lumen Gentium 31). Such a statement undergirds the teaching of this course as we seek to know the proper role of the faithful Catholic in the secular sphere.

Course Goal:
Each student, comprehending his/her exalted role in society, will acknowledge and begin to live out his/her role as a Catholic in the world.

Course Outline:
Session 1: Dignitatis Humanae; “Reverse Clericalism” (Russell Shaw); the role of the laity (Gaudium et Spes); voting and political action; Just War Theory, capital punishment.

Session 2: “The fundamental option for the poor” (its correct and incorrect usage); Liberation Theology (and Pope Benedict’s critique); the fall of communism and its revival in other forms; private property, capitalism.

Session 3: The attack on the Church; media bias; Planned Parenthood, the ACLU and other organizations; the Catholic Moment Theory (Cardinal Stafford); the American Project.

Session 4: Vocations: The Universal Call to Holiness; the Priesthood, Marriage, and Religious Life; discernment (Fr. Michael Scanlon’s 5 C’s), public and person prayer, spirituality.

This four-week course is regularly $75
Early registration discount is $15 until December 31, 2009

Dates and Time:
This is a nine-week course. Classes will begin Tuesday, January 12, 2010 and meet every Tuesday through February 2, 2010. The time will begin 1:00 PM Eastern Time and end at 2:00 PM.

Enrollment Period:
Enrollment is currently open.

Misc. Details:
All coursework will be provided by the instructor or available online for free. No homework will be given. However, Miss Ashour will provide optional homework with each of the classes so that parents can expand on her lectures and supply full academic credit for their student's work. (Note: Homeschool Connections does not provide record keeping services.) Miss Ashour will be available via email in between classes to answer questions and take comments.

Equipment requirements:
Students are required to have high-speed internet and a headset with microphone is recommended. If you do not own a headset, you can find them for a reasonable price at Amazon. A web cam is NOT required.

To register, go to: Social Ethics. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on the Register button and then follow the instructions. We take Visa and Master Card. If you prefer to pay by check, please don't hesitate to email me.

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