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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Thomistic Philosophy for High School

UPDATE: This course is now being offered for half price!

Homeschool Connections is committed to a classical education. We offer a number of courses to help parents give their children a solid foundation from classical literature, Latin, logic, philosophy, and more. Students can engage in live, interactive courses or recorded course for self study.

One of these courses is our fall 2012 philosophy course: Thomistic Christian Philosophy; An Overview with Dave Palmer. Click on the video to meet Mr. Palmer.

Here are the details for the course:

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Class dates: Fridays, Sept. 14 to Dec. 14, 2012. No class Oct. 26 and Nov. 23
Total classes: 12
Starting time: 1:00 pm Eastern (Noon Central)
Duration: 75 minutes (1 hour 15 minutes)
Prerequisite: None
Suggested grade level: 9th to 12th
Suggested high school credit: 1 full semester
Fee: $195 $97.50 for all 12 classes.
Instructor: Dave Palmer, Master of Theology
Course description: An overview of the philosophy of Thomas Aquinas based on his masterpiece, the Summa Theologica. Blessed Pope John Paul said ‘What is owed to man is the truth about man.’ This course aims to provide an introduction to Thomistic philosophy, in common language, so that beginners can better understand the principals of Christian philosophy that have been largely abandoned by our modern culture. They will learn the truth about man, how we relate to God, the angels and other creatures and most importantly to God, and how through a life based on virtue, we can achieve our ultimate end, union with God forever in heaven.

Course outline:
Class 1: The One God and the Blessed Trinity
Class 2: Creation, the Angels and Matter
Class 3: Man and the Government of Creatures
Class 4: Man’s Last End, Human Acts, Passions and Habits
Class 5: Vice and Sin
Class 6: Law and Grace
Class 7: The Theological Virtues
Class 8: The Cardinal Virtues
Class 9: The Incarnation
Class 10: The Life of Christ
Class 11: The Sacraments
Class 12: The Resurrection

Course materials: Summa Theologica can be accessed FREE on line or borrowed from the library, so no need to purchase the Summa unless you so desire.
Homework: Reading plus assignments graded by the instructor. Estimate 2 hours per week.

Instructor's biography: Dave Palmer, MTS Dave Palmer received his Master in Theology degree from the University of Dallas. Dave has spent the last three years studying the philosophy of St. Thomas Aquinas and has written several papers on Thomistic philosophy. His specific area of interest is the restoration of Christian philosophy according to the philosophy of St. Thomas Aquinas. Dave also holds a Bachelors degree in Communications/ Journalism from Southern Methodist University and Masters in Broadcast Meteorology from Mississippi State University. He’s currently the General Manager of the Guadalupe Radio Network Catholic radio station in North Texas. Dave has also taught theology (Sacraments and Scripture) at Bishop Dunne Catholic High School in Dallas. He is married to Paula and has two daughters, 7- and 3-years old. The family worships at St. Mary the Virgin Catholic Church in Arlington, TX.

Equipment requirements: Students are required to have high-speed internet and a headset with microphone.
Mr. Palmer 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.

Also live for the 2012/2013 school year is Logic II in the fall with Dr. Gotcher and Philosophy of God with Dr. Rioux in the spring. Recorded philosophy courses include: Introduction to Philosophy, Philosophy of Beauty, Early Modern Philosophers, Fallacies & Paradoxes, and more. Please don't hesitate to contact us with any questions or suggestions!

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