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Coram Deo Institute

ERSKINE COLLEGE CORAM DEO INSTITUTE

 

Introduction:

  • The Erskine Coram Deo Institute is a world view institute that seeks to equip students to critically examine the world around them in light of the Christian World and Life View.
  • The Coram Deo Institute offers a yearly cohort of Institute Fellows.
  • These Fellows will participate in a two-year Fellows Program and a course of study which will include the following:
    • A Minor in Christian World View: Four courses that introduce the Fellows to World View thinking and how the Christian Faith integrates with the key academic disciplines. In addition to these for world view courses, student will take two Courses in X and X so that they will graduate with a minor in Christian World View.
    • Intentional Mentorship: The Fellows will meet regularly with the director of the Coram Deo Institute to discuss how their Christian faith should inform their studies at Erskine College.
    • Guest Speakers: The Coram Deo Institute will host regular speakers who will give lectures on current issues and interact with the Fellows in a small group setting.
    • An Annual Debate: The Fellows will help host the annual Coram Deo Institute Debate.

Classes:

Christianity and the Quest for Meaning

Christianity and the Quest for meaning will show the connection between the Christian Faith and nature of man. The class will explore the concepts of Christian and non-Christian world views and metanarratives. Special consideration will be given to man’s quest for meaning, the history of world view thinking, and how the Christian world view shapes daily life.

Christianity and Civic Life

Christianity and Civic Life will show the connection between the Christian Faith and the experience of man as a political creature. The class will explore the connection between Christianity and political theory. Special consideration will be given to Christian approach to economics, the role of the church in public life, and the Christian’s calling to work for the good of society.

Christianity and the Arts

Christianity and the Fine Arts will show the connection between the Christian Faith and the aesthetic experience of man. The class will explore the connection between Christianity and the concepts of Truth, Goodness, and Beauty in the arts. Special consideration will be given to the connection between artistic expression and the image of God in man, the history of art, and a theological interpretation of literature.

Christianity and the Scientific Endeavor

Christianity and the Scientific Endeavor will show the connection between the Christian Faith and the modern scientific enterprise. The class will explore the relationship between the Christian faith and theory and practice of science. Special consideration will be given to the philosophy of science, the relationship between Faith and Science, and ethical issues involved in the work of a science and medicine.

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