About This Course
The past is an excellent teacher.
“That which has been is what will be, and that which is done is what will be done, and there is nothing new under the sun” (Ecc. 1:9).
This verse is a guiding premise for this course. We will look at the one-hundred-year period 1920-2020, noting major events and changes in attitudes toward God, the Bible, and morality in America. Each week of this ten-week course will have an audio discussion of what has contributed to the situation as we now see it. This decade-by decade look at the moral and spiritual condition of America will be a reminder to some, a shock to others, and an education for all.
C. S. Lewis wrote that the key to understanding history is simple. “Terrific energy is expended – civilizations are built up – excellent institutions are devised; but each time something goes wrong. Some fatal blow always brings the selfish and cruel people to the top and it all slides back into misery and ruin” (Mere Christianity). No book analyzes and exposes the selfish side of mankind like the Bible. From the sin of Eve to the chaos in the book of Judges to the perversion of the Gentiles in Romans 1, the deterioration and collapse of individuals, families, and nations is the result of bad moral choices, not flawed economic policies or slow progress in technology.
But this course is not just about tracing the causes and effects in this moral decline. It is also about returning to moral sanity by turning our hearts and minds to God and the Bible, the book cited more than any other when the country first began.
This course is offered each school term and is a non-credit course. See the College Academic Calendar for start dates.
What You Will Learn
In each session of this ten-week course we will use the first chapters of the book of Genesis to shine light on our way in a dark world. These chapters in Genesis contain the answers to many moral issues of our day: same-sex relations, marriage problems, the use of alcohol, the death penalty, racism, environmentalism, animal rights and others.
The layout for the class is simple. First, a reading assignment from the book provided in the web class will take us back to the beginning to learn about God’s moral teachings. Next, we will have an audio slideshow each week high-lighting pivotal moral points in one of these decades. Then we will have a quiz over the material presented each week.
This course is not just a look at the past. It is encouragement for the future through the wisdom given by the God who sees what lies ahead.
You will learn about:
1. Moral “earthquakes” in the last 100 years
2. Bible answers to today’s moral issues
3. Lessons from the experience of previous generations
4. Scriptural principles for stable society
This is a non-credit course.