Obviously from the title of this level the student will take a look at what various cultures in different time periods have written about the idea of God. Virtually every thinking culture has grappled with fundamental questions such as:
- Does God exist?
- If so, who is He?
- If He can be known, how can I know Him?
- What does He require of me?
The point is that we need to be acquainted with these opposing views simply because each person will (eventually) come into contact with them in their reading, education, and vocation. It cannot be avoided. We have made no attempt to assign a Great Book for each school of thought concerning God. Instead the books were chosen to provide the student with a broad view of how western culture came to understand who God is and what difference that makes. Students will quickly notice that some of the novels, short stories, and poems studied in this level might better be classified as being about man. Quite right! But, obviously, no study of God can escape application to what this means to man. It is hoped that all of the selections will bring edification and enjoyment to the student.
However, it is ultimately hoped that by completing the requirements that follow, you will have a more comprehensive understanding of what God isn’t, and, more importantly, that you will better know who He is. It’s not enough to just know about God. Each of us is called to know God as He has revealed Himself to us in His Word. May God direct and bless your studies.