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The Theology program at Pacifica will expose students to the Christian faith and Scriptures, and through them to the person and redemptive work of Jesus Christ. The Bible and Christian theology are central to the Pacifica curriculum. The major themes from the Bible and Church History will help provide a framework and a backdrop that students will use as they engage in the study of history, English, math, the arts, science, physical education, and foreign languages. The school’s task is to impart biblical and theological knowledge through rigorous study, engaging students in open and intelligent dialogue about the claims of the church, and to equip students for lives of character and service through the application of these truths. This learning and dialogue will encompass the great breadth of perspectives in the Christian faith. When students leave our school, we want them to understand the major tenets of the Christian faith as well as the influence of those tenets on all forms of thought throughout history.
Graduation Requirement: 3 Years
Grade 9 (Year Course)
This course is taught in the history department as World Humanities I / Honors World Humanities I.
Grade 10 (Year Course)
This course is taught in the history department as World Humanities II / College Level World Humanities II.
Faith & Culture in the 21st Century
Grade 12 (Year Course)
Faith and Culture in the 21st Century is a humanities capstone seminar-style class that challenges students to begin formulating a coherent account of their own ideas regarding such questions as: What is the meaning of life? (teleology), How do we know what we know? (epistemology), What does it mean to be human? (anthropology), How do we best order our economic relationships in light of our anthropology and teleology?, and How do we make sense out of life, death, suffering and beauty? All of these questions from the great conversation will be studied and discussed through detailed textual analysis and group reflection on the ways in which key thinkers have answered them throughout history. Students participating in the TGC Honors Program will present and defend their final papers to their peers at the end of the first semester.
The second semester of the course will consist of detailed hermeneutical study of the books of Romans and the Gospel According to John. The course ends with a summative exercise in Civics which asks the question, “given what we have come to believe about these ideas, how then should we conduct our lives together?”
Students will explore texts from: David Foster Wallace, Pascal, Zadie Smith, Augustine, Dostoyevsky, Francis Collins, Richard Dawkins, Nietzsche, Lesslie Newbigin, C.S. Lewis, Marx, Smith, Keynes, Camus, Bertrand Russell, Sigmund Freud, Peter Kreeft,Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Hamilton, and the Bible.