Moral Theology and the Sanctification of Time
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- if a placement assessment has been recommended by a Scholé Academy instructor.
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This course for high schoolers asks the age-old questions about human nature posed by poets and philosophers from ancient times. What does it mean to be fully human? What is the soul’s good? How is the soul properly ordered toward its good? How do we live in a right relation with one another and with the natural world? In short, what does it mean to be God’s children?
Moral Theology and the Sanctification of Time is part of a programme in rediscovering and renewing a lively Anglican heritage of theology, scripture reading and prayer. This is not a course in moralism or legalism. It is not about laws and actions that will make us successful in life. It begins with the Beatitudes in the Sermon on the Mount turning the whole notion of “success” on its head. It is about understanding who and what God created us to be, and the gifts that He has given us to draw us closer to Him and to one another. It is about knowing ourselves and, in knowing ourselves, knowing God. It is about loving one another and, in loving one another, loving God. It is about the pilgrimage of life and the sanctification of time.
We begin by reading Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics to ground ourselves in the classical doctrine of the soul and its virtues bequeathed us by the ancients, and given Christian expression by medieval theologians like Thomas Aquinas. With that solid foundation, we will read Renewing Moral Theology by the Anglican theologian Daniel Westberg. In this book, Westberg takes that classical and Thomistic teaching on the virtues, and makes it relevant to contemporary Biblically-minded Christians.
We then turn from the theoretical to the practical, to explore how the system of prayer, scripture reading, and worship in the Book of Common Prayer – “the daily round, the common task” (to quote Keble) – is specifically designed to educate our minds and discipline our wills to order our lives to holy living.
Moral Theology and the Sanctification of Time Required Reading List*
- Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics. Translated by Terence Irwin. Hackett Publishing Co. ISBN 978-1624668159
- Daniel A Westberg, Renewing Moral Theology. IVP Academic. ISBN 978-0830824601
- The 1662 Book of Common Prayer, International Edition. IVP Academic, 2021. ISBN 978-0830841929
- A Bible (any version is fine)
Note that it is essential to get the correct translation of Aristotle in print. Kindle editions are often not the same translation. Use the ISBN to purchase a print copy.
*Required texts are not included in the purchase of the course.
Rhea Bright holds a B.A. from the University of King’s College in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and an M.A. in Classics from Dalhousie University, also in Halifax. Her Classical studies involved Latin and Greek, as well as classical and medieval literature, philosophy and theology. King’s Foundation Year Program, an early integrated great books curriculum, and the Dalhousie Classics department formed and nurtured what became a life-long love of the classics and a deep appreciation of the contribution of the ancient world to whatsoever is good and true and beautiful. She also has a Bachelor of Education from Acadia University in Wolfville, N.S. Rhea taught Ancient and Medieval Humanities at the University of Central Oklahoma for nine years, and over the course of ten years at Providence Hall and The Academy of Classical Christian Studies, she taught Latin, Logic, Bible, and integrated ancient literature and history. Rhea is married to Father Patrick Bright, an ordained Anglican priest who served for over 24 years at All Souls’ Episcopal Church in Oklahoma City and recently retired from full-time ministry. Together they raised five sons, now grown. They now live in a 170-year-old house in rural Nova Scotia. firstname.lastname@example.org
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High-Speed Internet Connection: You will also need access to high-speed Internet, preferably accessible via Ethernet cable right into your computer. Using Wi-Fi may work, but will not guarantee you the optimal use of your bandwidth. The faster your Internet, the better. We recommend using a connection with a download/upload speed of 5/1 Mbps or better. You can test your Internet connection here.
Headset: We recommend using a headset rather than a built-in microphone and speakers. Using a headset reduces the level of background noise heard by the entire class. Headset Recommendations: USB | 3.5mm
Zoom: We use a web conferencing software called Zoom for our classes, which enables students and teachers to gather from around the globe face to face in real time. Zoom is free to download and easy to use. To download Zoom:
- Visit zoom.us/download.
- Click to download the first option listed, Zoom Client for Meetings.
- Open and run the installer on your computer.
- In August, students will be provided with instructions and a link for joining their particular class.
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