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Great Christian Thinkers

Augustine, Chrysostom, Lewis, Chesterton

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Course Description

We stand upon the shoulders of giants. And there are four to whom we ought to pay particular attention: Augustine, Chrysostom, Lewis, and Chesterton. These four men have had enormous influence on our world. They guide us in piety. They lead us in intellectual vigor. They are the leading voices in the Great Conversation, the leading thinkers among the democracy of the dead. Let us study them anew, considering what they have to offer us in this 21st century.


Required Texts

Confessions (Oxford World Classic) by Augustine (ISBN: 978-0199537822)

On Christian Teaching (Oxford World Classic) by Augustine (ISBN: 978-0199540631)

Orthodoxy by G.K. Chesterton (purchase at MudHouseArt.com)

What’s Wrong with the World by G.K. Chesterton (purchase at MudHouseArt.com)

Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis (ISBN: 978-0060652937)

The Abolition of Man by C.S. Lewis (ISBN: 978-0060652944)

On Marriage and Family Life (English and Ancient Greek Edition) by John Chyrosotom (ISBN: 978-0913836866)

Six Books on the Priesthood (St. Vladimir’s Seminary Press Popular Patristics Series) by John Chrysostom (ISBN: 978-0913836385)


When does the class meet?

Friday 10AM-11:30AM

Classes will be a hybrid of in-class discussions and self-paced reading and lectures. There will be an in-class discussion every other week, and the weeks when we do not meet, a lecture will be uploaded for students to watch on their own time. Can’t make every class? No problem. All class lectures will be recorded and uploaded.


8-Week Class Schedule

9/7 10AM-11:30AM
9/14 online lecture uploaded
9/21 10AM-11:30AM
9/28 online lecture uploaded
10/5 10AM-11:30AM
10/12 online lecture uploaded
10/19 10AM-11:30AM
10/26 online lecture uploaded
10/30 7PM-8:30PM (end of class dinner with all students from the classes)


Your Instructor


Brian G. Daigle
Brian G. Daigle

Brian is the Headmaster and co-founder of Sequitur Classical Academy, President and author of Mud House Art and Literature, and Director and Instructor at Chesterton College. A graduate of University of Louisiana-Lafayette and The University of Dallas, Brian lives in Baton Rouge with his wife Lauren and their three children.


Class Curriculum


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  Class 1
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  Week 2 Video Lecture
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  Lecture 3: On Chesterton
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  Lecture 4: On Lewis
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Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start?
The first class is September 4th. This will be an 8-week course.
How often will the class meet?
Classes will be a hybrid of in-class discussions and self-paced reading and lectures. There will be an in-class discussion every other week, and the weeks when we do not meet, a lecture will be uploaded for students to watch on their own time.
What if I miss a class?
Can’t make every class? No problem. All class lectures will be recorded and uploaded.
If I don't live near Baton Rouge, can I take this class completely online?
Yes.. All class lectures will be recorded and uploaded, including our class meetings every other week.

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