A World Without God
Total classes: 13
Duration: 55 minutes
Suggested grade level: 9th to 12th grade
Suggested high school credit: 1 full semester credit Literature, Theology, or Philosophy
Instructor: Kevin O’Brien
Course description: St. John tells us, “You have heard that the antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come. This is how we know it is the last hour.” But what is the nature of this “antichrist” or this anti-Christian spirit, so prevalent in the world today? How does it fight against God? What sort of world does it create? What are its goals and assumptions? We will look at this spirit of defiance that puts man in place of God and identify its nature, its philosophy, its goals, where it most contradicts the Catholic Faith, and how ordinary people can combat it. We will do this by studying the art and literature that shows us what happens when men try to build this “world without God”, including reading all or parts of Macbeth by William Shakespeare, 1984 by George Orwell, selections from, Father Elijah by Michael O’Brien and a variety of essays on the subject.
Course materials: Public domain material will be provided as PDFs by the instructor. Students must purchase or borrow 1984 by George Orwell (www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0451524934/catholictreas-20), The Great Heresies by Hilaire Belloc (www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0991560671/catholictreas-20), and Father Elijah by Michael O’Brien (www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0898706904/catholictreas-20) - though we will only discuss two chapters from Father Elijah, so the whole book need not be read.
Homework: Reading, quizzes, final exam, mid-term paper, final paper graded by the instructor. Plan on about four hours of homework per week. Grading guidelines provided; Instructor Access available.