Logic was once a requirement for anyone claiming to be an educated human being, and it has been considered one of the most important academic subjects one can master. There is no subject, relationship, or human endeavor which would not greatly benefit from sound thinking and a clear and strong mind. But why has logic been so neglected? Why do students in their formal studies rarely have the opportunity to mature their mind in this excellent discipline? How has the contemporary world confused critical thinking with sound thinking? What is the relationship of faith to reason? And how might we love God with “all their mind” without becoming intellectually elite? In this course, we will explore all these questions and more. We will study a philosophy of logic, formal logic (categorical logic), informal logic (fallacies), and Socratic dialogue. This will be a deep dive into why the mind matters, specifically into Aristotelian/Categorical logic and its place and importance for the Christian faith. And we will explore the rotten fruit which grows—politically, personally, and theologically—from sloppy thinking.
Your Mind Matters by John Stott (ISBN 978-0830834082)
Socratic Logic by Peter Kreeft (ISBN 978-1587318085)
When does 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. Can’t make every class? No problem. All class lectures will be recorded and uploaded.
8-Week Class Schedule
9/17 online lecture uploaded
10/1 online lecture uploaded
10/15 online lecture uploaded
10/29 online lecture uploaded
10/30 7PM-8:30PM (end of class dinner with all students from the classes)
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.