24 May, 2005

Worldviews Final Speech

Our oldest son, 16.5, and his friends from Worldviews Class.

Tonight was their final presentation/speech and nobody fainted! In fact, they all did remarkably well. They each had to present the answer to James Sire's seven worldview questions (from The Universe Next Door, slightly revised by David Quine) from the perspective of the men they studied this year: The Greek and Roman Poets, Homer and Virgil; The early Greek Philosophers, Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle; and two of the early church fathers, St. Augustine and St. Aquinas. They compared and contrasted these men's views against the Biblical view. The seven questions were:

*Is there a God or Gods, and if so, what are they like?
*What is the nature of the universe?
*What is the nature of man?
*What is the basis of ethics and morality?
*What happens to man at death?
*What is the cause of evil and suffering?
*What is the meaning of history?

Our son answered the question of "What is the Basis of Ethics and Morality" and ended with a quote from the movie, Groundhog Day: "You make choices, and you live with 'em."

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