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Friday, April 8, 2011

High School Literature: G. K. Chesterton; The Man Who Was Thursday

Update: This live course has concluded and is currently 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: Middle and High School Online Classes

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Class dates: Tuesdays, October 25 - December 13. No class Nov. 1 and Nov. 22.
Total classes: 6
Suggested grade level: 10th to 12th or college
Starting time: 10:00 am Eastern (9:00 am Central)
Duration: One hour
Fee: $80 if you register on or before August 1, 2011. $100 after August 1 for all 6 classes.
Instructor: Henry Russell, PhD
Prerequisite: Ability to enjoy reading and discussing the works.
High school credit: ½ semester credit; for full credit, precede with Dr. Russell’s course on The Screwtape Letters.
Course description: At the turn of the 1900s, anarchy was a political fad as powerful as global warming is today. More locally destructive, anarchists murdered several heads of state (ranging from President Mckinley to the Archduke Ferdinand), numerous public servants and fueled the statist revolutions of the communist era. European nations vastly increased their power by developing their secret police in response to the public panic created by these lunatic figures.
G. K. Chesterton, the great Catholic man of letters, writes one of the most startlingly original novels of the 20th-century in response both to the original source of anarchism (the imitation of Satan’s non serviam) and to the faithless response of modern man to such a threat. In the process Chesterton delineates, beautifully and entertainingly, the way that the very God who created and sustains order is so far beyond order (as puny human minds comprehend it) that He appears wild, chaotic and even threatening to our stubborn desire to reduce the cosmos to our control. Thus even as he defends the need of a conservative and humane order, Chesterton is the poet of a God wildly beyond our most soaring imaginations.
Course outline:
Class One—Chesterton and Chapter 1
Class Two—Letters 2-4
Class Three—Letters 5-7
Class Four—Chapters -8-10
Class Five—Chapters 11-13
Class Six—Chapters 14-15
Course materials: The Man Who Was Thursday by G. K. Chesterton
Homework: Dr. Russell will provide quizzes, essay topics, and a midterm and final exam to be graded by the parent. Answer keys provided.

Equipment requirements:
Classes are online, live and interactive. Students are required to have high-speed internet and a headset with microphone.

Dr. Russell will be available via email in between classes for questions and comments.
Recordings of classes are provided to students within 24 hours and available for 6 months.
Homeschool Connections does not provide record keeping services.

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