2017-2018 Curriculum

The ICC’s curriculum is structured upon the classical liberal arts and divided into four quarters…Read More

The ICC’s curriculum is structured upon the classical liberal arts and divided into four quarters, corresponding to the Church’s major liturgical cycles (Advent, Christmas, Lent, Paschal Season), the calendar year (Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer), and a fourfold division of the history of the world (Pre-Christian, Early Christian, Medieval and Renaissance, and Modern). Within each educational quarter the major disciplines of a Catholic liberal arts education are studied (i.e., history, philosophy, theology, literature, etc.) by focusing upon specific topics, ideas, and events that are important to the time period (Pre-Christian, Early Christian, etc.) and helped to shape the story of salvation history. Much more than a series of speakers, the Institute offers an organic education in the Catholic Faith, introducing attendees to the glorious story of God’s work among men.

Quarter I - Fall/Winter

The first quarter of the ICC curriculum year, beginning just before the Advent season and concluding with the celebration of the Nativity of the Lord, focuses on the ancient and biblical world, the fundamentals of human nature, and Old Testament revelation, preparing attendees for the advent of the Christ and the beginning of the Christian era.

HistoryHistory – The Ancient and Biblical World

Fleeing for Fear: The Faithful Remnant During the Babylonian Exile

PhilosophyPhilosophy – Pre-Christian Philosophy and Human Nature

Senecan Seminar: An Introduction to Roman Philosophy

TheologyTheology – Jewish and Pagan Thought

All is Vanity: The Theology of Ecclesiastes

SacredScriptureSacred Scripture – Old Testament

Silent? 400 Years Before Christ

LiturgicalLiturgical Studies – Jewish Liturgical Studies and Advent Festal Days

Immanuel & The Temple of God

CatecheticsCatechetics – Introduction to the Catechism and the Creed

Reasons for Faith: Motives of Credibility

PoliSciLiterature – Religious Literature of the Ancient World

The Letter to Aristeas: How the Septuagint Came to Be

CultureCultural, Practical, and Special Topics

Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God: A Biblical Study of Handel’s Messiah

Quarter II - Winter/Spring

The second quarter of the ICC curriculum year, beginning with Christmas and concluding with Easter, focuses on the revelation of Jesus Christ, the history of the apostolic and patristic age, the fundamentals of Christian morality, the Church, and the Sacramental system.

HistoryHistory – The Early Church

Desert Fathers of Alexandria

PhilosophyPhilosophy – The Early Christian Philosophy and Ethics

Power & Wisdom: The Philosophy of St. Justin Martyr

TheologyTheology – Patristics and Early Councils/Issues

The Mother of God? Cyril of Alexandria and the Nestorian Heresy

SacredScriptureSacred Scripture – Gospels

My God, My God: The Temptation in the Desert & The Cross of Christ

LiturgicalLiturgical Studies – Early Christian Liturgical Studies and Festal Cycle of Christmas and Lent

St. Joseph: A Hidden Life

CatecheticsCatechetics – The Church and the Sacraments

Blood & Water: Understanding the Sacraments of Initiation

LiteratureLiterature – Early Christian Writings

Hidden From View: Secrets of the Gospels: A Literary Analysis

CultureCultural, Practical, and Special Topics

Laetare Sunday Sung Vespers

Quarter III - Spring/Summer

The third quarter of the ICC curriculum year, beginning with the celebration of the Resurrection through the season of Pentecost, introduces attendees to the book of Acts and the Epistles, the Medieval and Renaissance world, the scholastic philosophical tradition, and the Church’s spiritual patrimony.

HistoryHistory – The Medieval and Renaissance World

The Oriental Christians: A Story of Faith

PhilosophyPhilosophy – Medieval and Scholastics/Metaphysics and Epistemology

Christocentric: True Happiness & the Error of False Humanism

TheologyTheology – Medieval and Scholastic Theology

Answering Atheism: Aquinas’ Five Ways for the Existence of God

SacredScriptureSacred Scripture – Acts and Epistles

Epistle of Straw? A Study of the Epistle of James

LiturgicalLiturgical Studies – Medieval and Renaissance Liturgical Studies; Festal Cycle of Easter and Pentecost

Marvel of Wisdom: The Life of St. Catherine of Siena

CatecheticsCatechetics – The Moral Life

Hearing God’s Voice: Discovering God’s Plan for Us

PoliSciLiterature – Catholic Medieval and Renaissance Classics

Poetry in Medieval Prayer

CultureCultural, Practical, and Special Topics

Till & Keep Your Garden: Cultivating One’s Soul by Cultivating the Land – Farm Day at Wiffletree Farms

Quarter IV - Summer/Fall

The forth quarter of the ICC curriculum year, offered during the summer and early fall months, offers an examination of the issues facing Christians in the modern world, including biblical apologetics, modern philosophical errors, and modern moral problems, equipping attendees with valuable tools necessary to offer a reasoned and convincing defense for the Faith they profess.

HistoryHistory – The Church in the Modern World

Division & Development: The Council of Chalcedon and the Catholic Communion

PhilosophyPhilosophy – Modern Philosophical Issues/Errors

Philosophical Therapy: Returning to First Principles – A Medicine Against Modernity

TheologyTheology – Modern Theological Issues

Ever Ancient, Ever New: The Development of Dogma & So-called “New Light”

SacredScriptureSacred Scripture – Biblical Apologetics and Special Topics

As Moses Has Written: Mosaic Authorship & the Documentary Hypothesis

LiturgicalLiturgical Studies – Modern Liturgical Issues

Whoever Loses His Life For My Sake: The Story of St. Maximilian Kolbe

CatecheticsCatechetics – Spirituality and Prayer

The Art of Dying: Living in Conversation with the Lord

PoliSciLiterature – Modern Christian Literature

Unmasking Oscar Wilde

CultureCultural, Practical, and Special Topics

The Art of Living

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