Have you ever pondered the education Chesterton Academy students receive
and asked, “Why should they have all the fun?” Now you can get in on the classical action!
Courses, Dates and Pricing
Courses Offered: Dante’s Purgatorio; Introduction to New Testament; Private Art Instruction
Tuition: $99 for a six-week course (payable by check first night of class)
Private Art Instruction: 2 classes/month – $60; 4 classes per month $100
Location: Chesterton Academy, 5300 France Ave. S., Edina, MN (inside Calvary Church)
Time: Thursday evenings, 7:00PM – 8:30PM – Winter Classes Start Thursday, January 10
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To Register: Call Chesterton Academy at 952.378.1779 or
email firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know which course you will attend.
||Dante’s Divine Comedy
Intructor: J. Niemann
|Introduction to Theology
Instructor: A. Rockcastle
Instructor: Tim Jones
Thursday Evenings, Jan. 10 – Feb. 14
||Intro to the New Testament
||Private Art Instruction
Thursday Evenings, Apr. 4 – May 9
||Intro to Apologetics
||Private Art Instruction
Reserve your spot today! Contact Chesterton Academy at 952.378.1779 or email email@example.com to let us know which course you will attend. Please bring payment to first night of class.
Dante’s Divine Comedy (click on the tabs for individual course descriptions)
Course Materials: Bring a copy of Dante’s Divine Comedy to the first class—any translation
Description: Our course on Dante's Inferno will be taught by Chesterton Academy Headmaster John Niemann, who has been reading and teaching Dante for decades. John first studied Dante before his conversion but says he only began to understand the great poet after entering the Church. For Dante is not just a brilliant storyteller but a great moralist who offers us a profound meditation on the nature of sin. In our time, says John, even most Christians give little thought to the nature of sin and the destruction it works in our lives. We tend to reduce sin to a transgression of arbitrary rules whose real purpose we neither understand nor can explain to our non-Christian neighbors. Dante knew better: it is the sinner who damns himself to a punishment that perfectly reflects the nature of the sin.
Description: Come along on a journey through the second part of Dante's Divine Comedy, Dante' Purgatorio. The Catechism states that "all who die in God's grace and friendship…are indeed assured of their eternal salvation; but after death they undergo purification, so as to achieve the holiness necessary to enter the joy of heaven." Dante's medieval masterpiece illustrates the wondrous process by which fallen mankind embraces a suffering that is grim, yet utterly different from the punishments of Hell. Beautiful both as a work of poetry and as an explication of our faith, Dante's Purgatorio promises a great adventure. The course will start with a brief review of Dante’s Inferno.
Description: Join us for the third and final part of Dante's Divine Comedy, following the Inferno and the Purgatorio. You'll follow Dante's journey through Heaven, guided by Beatrice.
Introduction to Theology (click on the tabs for individual course descriptions)
Course Materials: Bring a Bible to the first class
Description: Based on Dr. Scott Hahn’s Understanding the Scriptures, this course will offer an overview of the Old Testament and how it points to Jesus and His Church in the New Testament. In this six-week study, we will begin by examining some “Bible Basics,” including the “canon” and the types and forms of writing. Then we will study the Old Testament within the framework of a series of five progressively wider covenants that God makes with his people for our salvation. And we will examine how these covenants ultimately point to, and are fulfilled in, the sixth covenant, whose mediator is Jesus Christ.
Description: Continue reading the story of how God, in a "plan of sheer goodness," created us, and, after our sin, rescued us in the person of his Son Jesus Christ so that we might ultimately "share in his own blessed life" (CCC 1). Continuing with Dr. Scott Hahn’s Understanding the Scriptures, which provides a comprehensive study of the whole Bible through the lens of our Catholic faith, this course will examine how God’s promise of a savior is perfectly fulfilled in the life, death and resurrection of His son Jesus Christ, the coming of his Holy Spirit, and the founding of his Church. We will examine the structure of the New Testament and the "fullness of time" in which Jesus fulfilled the Old Testament prophecies and covenants by his birth, teaching, passion, death and resurrection.
Description: Join us for an overview of Catholic apologia and various issues in modern apologetics. We'll read Encyclicals and other important materials including Gaudium et Spes, Lumen Gentium, Sacrosanctum Concilium, Pope Benedict XVI, Regensburg Address, Pope John Paul II, Theology of the Body, Rerum Novarum, and Newman, Grammar of Assent.
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