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Chesterton House

A Center for Christian Studies at Cornell

God & Happiness

ICS371: God & Happiness
Mondays, 7:30-9:30PM
Location: 314 Anabel Taylor Hall

Taught by Chesterton House Teaching Fellow, Jim Thomforde:

Aristotle wrote that most people “identify living well and doing well with being happy - but with regard to what happiness is they differ.” While most of us have some sense of what happiness is, we might have a hard time explaining this important concept. Every one of us desires to be happy, but without a clear grasp of what we believe about happiness – can we ever hope to attain it? What is happiness? How can we achieve happiness? Join us to explore the ways in which philosophers and theologians of the Early Modern period (~15th-18th centuries), contemporary thinkers, and the Bible help us answer these crucial questions.


First class: March 27

NO CLASS: April 3

Last day to add:  May 5

Last day to drop: April 10

Last day of class: May 8

Maximun Emrollment: 20

Cost: $200 payable to Chesterton House (If you are on financial aid, we are making this course available at no cost other than a $50 administrative fee.)

*Course credit is provided by Gordon College. Cornell students interested in these courses should consult their college advising office in advance of enrollment, to determine whether they will be able to apply transfer credits to their Cornell record. See our FAQ page for more details.

Students interested in exploring this opportunity are welcome to visit the first class session.