God & Happiness

ICS371: God & Happiness

2 Credits*
Seven Mondays, 7:30-9:30 PM
March 4 – April 22, 2019
(Not Meeting April 1)

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.

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

First day of class: March 4
Last day to add: March 25
Final drop date: April 1
Final day of class: April 22

Semester

Spring 2019

Location

314 Anabel Taylor Hall

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.)

Instructor

Jim Thomforde

Gordon College Adjunct Professor of Biblical Studies

Jim Thomforde

Gordon College Adjunct Professor of Biblical Studies

Jim Thomforde serves Chesterton House as a Gordon College Adjunct Professor of Biblical Studies.  After six years in the role of ministry director for Christian Union at Cornell, Jim returned to a finance career with a leading financial firm in Ithaca, NY.  He continues to be involved in campus ministry at Cornell as a speaker and mentor, and as team chaplain for the Cornell football team.  His education includes a B.A. in economics from Trinity College, Master’s degrees in theology and church history from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and a PhD in historical theology from the University of Edinburgh.  In addition to his teaching and ministry experience, he has played professional baseball for the New York Yankees and spent ten years on Wall Street in institutional equities.  Jim and his wife Liz live in Ithaca and have two children, JT and Ella.

*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.

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