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Chesterton House

A Center for Christian Studies at Cornell

Spring 2017 Courses

Wisdom & Worldview in the Book of Proverbs

January 30 - March 20
No Class February 20

As the foundational wisdom book in the Bible, Proverbs gives us advice for the good life—advice about order, work, beauty, and lasting peace in a world threatened by the decay of sin. For Paul in the New Testament, wisdom is a life lived here and now that has divine insight into the full and perfect life that awaits us in a new creation. Come join us.


God & Happiness

March 27 - May 8
No Class April 3

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.