(Semester Long Course)
Course Description (Semester Long Course): Politics and Christian Civilization begins with a philosophical account of politics and the social question prevalent in the thought of Plato and Aristotle. Questions explored include, what is man (anthropology-psychology), what is human potential and how is it actualized (Ethics), and what is the best type of government (Politics). The course also includes a study of the Judicial and Ceremonial Precepts of Jewish Law.
The Course is thus divided into five parts. All of the social science short courses are included in this one for half the price.
- Jewish Law
The interesting congruence between Greek philosophy and Judeo-Christian faith is examined by a thorough study of revelation given to Moses as recorded in the Torah with special emphasis given to the books of Deuteronomy and Leviticus, which are compared to the thinking of Plato and Aristotle.
Topics include the structure, function, and purposes of government, the best type of government, constitutionalism, the nature, types, and role of law (positive, natural, divine, and eternal). Students will explore human nature, understand its relationship to ethics, and explore the relationship between politics and religion. They will also learn to distinguish disobedience from rebellion, grasp the meaning and importance of sovereignty, and understand why there are three types of justice: commutative justice, distributive justice, and social justice.
Understanding is enhanced by a close study of primary documents and by the use of an integral methodology, including empirical science, philosophy, and theology, throughout the course.