A Companion to The Great Divorce

A guide to help you navigate through the complex religious study "The Great Divorce" written by C.S. Lewis.
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  • Contents Video: 2.5 hours
    Other: 1.5 hours
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 5/2014 English

Course Description

C.S. Lewis is one of the of the most talented and well-known writers of the 20th Century. Many are familiar with his Chronicles of Narnia, but few are familiar with his works that cover religion directly, such as the Screwtape Letters, Mere Christianity and the subject of this course, The Great Divorce. C.S. Lewis takes a different approach to discussing key religious topics in The Great Divorce. In the book, a group of damned souls in Hell are allowed to take a bus trip into Heaven. While some stay, most do not, and are left to continue spending an eternity in Hell. C.S. Lewis scholar, and doctor of Philosophy, Arthur Hippler takes a chapter by chapter look at this work to help you understand some of the complexities of the work. By reading the book and utilizing the course material provided here, you'll be able to gain a better understanding of what one should avoid in order to achieve Heaven.

The course material includes:

  • 21 high-quality video lectures
  • 16 Quizzes
  • Written text

It is highly recommended that students purchase a copy of the actual book The Great Divorce to read along with the course. Each section in the the course covers a specific chapter of The Great Divorce and starts with written text explaining the themes in that chapter, followed by a video lecture, and concludes with a short quiz.

What are the requirements?

  • A copy of "The Great Divorce" by C.S. Lewis is highly recommended

What am I going to get from this course?

  • By the end of this course you will be able to better understand the meaning behind the writing of C.S. Lewis
  • Gain a better knowledge of Heaven and Hell
  • Be able to apply various religious concepts to your own life

What is the target audience?

  • Those looking for instruction in the moral life through the means of a fictional novel
  • Church Bible study groups
  • C.S. Lewis fans

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Curriculum

Section 1: Introduction
Article

This text provides a few things to note about this course.

01:40

A video lecture that provides a preview of this course.

2 questions

A quiz based on the Preview Video Lecture.

Article

This lecture contains an introduction to this course and some of the themes that will be present throughout.

02:17

A video lecture based on the Introduction text of this course.

Article

This lecture contains a brief biographical overview of the life of C.S. Lewis.

02:01

A video lecture providing a brief Biographical overview of the life of C.S. Lewis.

3 questions

A quiz based on the C.S. Lewis Biographical Overview and the C.S. Lewis Biography Video Lecture.

Section 2: Preface to The Great Divorce
Article

This lecture covers the Preface of The Great Divorce.

05:05

A video lecture based on the Preface text of this course and the Preface of The Great Divorce.

3 questions

A quiz based on the Preface Text and Video Lecture.

Section 3: Chapter #1: Queuing up for the bus
Article

This lecture covers Chapter #1 of The Great Divorce.

07:27

A video lecture based on the Chapter #1 text of this course and Chapter #1 of The Great Divorce.

3 questions

A quiz based on the Chapter #1 Text and Video Lecture.

Section 4: Chapter #2: Tousle-headed Poet, Intelligent Man
Article

This lecture covers Chapter #2 of The Great Divorce.

09:53

A video lecture based on the Chapter #2 text of this course and Chapter #2 of The Great Divorce.

3 questions

A quiz based on the Chapter #2 Text and Video Lecture.

Section 5: Chapter #3: The Hardness of Heaven
Article

This lecture covers Chapter #3 of The Great Divorce.

04:26

A video lecture based on the Chapter #3 text of this course and Chapter #3 of The Great Divorce.

3 questions

A quiz based on the Chapter #3 Text and Video Lecture.

Section 6: Chapter #4: The "Big Man" and Len
Article

This lecture covers Chapter #4 of The Great Divorce.

04:50

A video lecture based on the Chapter #4 text of this course and Chapter #4 of The Great Divorce.

3 questions

A quiz based on the Chapter #4 Text and Video Lecture.

Section 7: Chapter #5: The Episcopal Ghost
Article

This lecture covers Chapter #5 of The Great Divorce.

08:20

A video lecture based on the Chapter #5 text of this course and Chapter #5 of The Great Divorce.

3 questions

A quiz based on the Chapter #5 Text and Video Lecture.

Section 8: Chapter #6: Ikey tries to steal
Article

This lecture covers Chapter #6 of The Great Divorce.

08:21

A video lecture based on the Chapter #6 text of this course and Chapter #6 of The Great Divorce.

3 questions

A quiz based on the Chapter #6 Text and Video Lecture.

Section 9: Chapter #7: The Hard Bitten Ghost
Article

This lecture covers Chapter #7 of The Great Divorce.

07:26

A video lecture based on the Chapter #7 text of this course and Chapter #7 of The Great Divorce.

3 questions

A quiz based on the Chapter #7 Text and Video Lecture.

Section 10: Chapter #8: The Very Self-conscious Ghost
Article

This lecture covers Chapter #8 of The Great Divorce.

06:24

A video lecture based on the Chapter #8 text of this course and Chapter #8 of The Great Divorce.

3 questions

A quiz based on the Chapter #8 Text and Video Lecture.

Section 11: Chapter #9, part 1: Meet George MacDonald
Article

This lecture covers part 1 of Chapter #9 of The Great Divorce.

09:16

A video lecture based on the Chapter #9, part 1 text of this course and Chapter #9, part 1 of The Great Divorce.

3 questions

A quiz based on the Chapter #9, part 1 Text and Video Lecture.

Section 12: Chapter #9, part 2: Is Heaven just a State of Mind?
Article

This lecture covers part 2 of Chapter #9 of The Great Divorce.

06:58

A video lecture based on the Chapter #9, part 2 text of this course and Chapter #9, part 2 of The Great Divorce.

3 questions

A quiz based on the Chapter #9, part 2 Text and Video Lecture.

Section 13: Chapter #9, part 3: Portrait of an Artist as a Ghost
Article

This lecture covers part 3 of Chapter #9 of The Great Divorce.

08:28

A video lecture based on the Chapter #9, part 3 text of this course and Chapter #9, part 3 of The Great Divorce.

3 questions

A quiz based on the Chapter #9, part 3 Text and Video Lecture.

Section 14: Chapter #10: The Wife from Hell
Article

This lecture covers Chapter #10 of The Great Divorce.

08:11

A video lecture based on the Chapter #10 text of this course and Chapter #10 of The Great Divorce.

3 questions

A quiz based on the Chapter #10 Text and Video Lecture

Section 15: Chapter #11: Disordered Loves (Pam, Lizard-man)
Article

This lecture covers Chapter #11 of The Great Divorce.

07:03

A video lecture based on the Chapter #11 text of this course and Chapter #11 of The Great Divorce.

3 questions

A quiz based on the Chapter #11 Text and Video Lecture.

Section 16: Chapter #12: Sarah Smith and the Tragedian
Article

This lecture covers Chapter #12 of The Great Divorce.

07:57

A video lecture based on the Chapter #12 text of this course and Chapter #12 of The Great Divorce.

3 questions

A quiz based on the Chapter #12 Text and Video Lecture.

Section 17: Chapter #13: MacDonald and "Universalism"
Article

This lecture covers Chapter #13 of The Great Divorce.

09:57

A video lecture based on the Chapter #13 text of this course and Chapter #13 of The Great Divorce.

3 questions

A quiz based on the Chapter #13 Text and Video Lecture.

Section 18: Chapter #14: Break of Day
Article

This lecture covers Chapter #14 of The Great Divorce.

08:49

A video lecture based on the Chapter #14 text of this course and Chapter #14 of The Great Divorce.

3 questions

A quiz based on the Chapter #14 Text and Video Lecture.

Section 19: Conclusion
Article

This lecture contains a conclusion to The Great Divorce and this Companion to The Great Divorce.

05:42

A video lecture based on the Conclusion text of this course.

3 questions

A quiz based on the Conclusion text and video lecture.

Article

This lecture lists works referenced throughout text lectures of this course.

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Instructor Biography

Dr. Arthur Hippler, Doctorate in Philosophy, C.S. Lewis Scholar

Dr. Arthur Hippler is chairman of the Religion Department and teaches religion for Providence eLearning. Since 2001, he has been Visiting Professor with the Institute for Pastoral Theology of Ave Maria University. Before coming to Providence eLearning, he served the Catholic Diocese of La Crosse (Wisconsin), teaching moral theology and social ethics in the diocesan programs for lay formation and continuing education for teachers. He is the author of Citizens of the Heavenly City: A Catechism of Catholic Social Teaching, published by Borromeo Books. He received his bachelor's in Liberal Arts from Thomas Aquinas College in California, and his doctorate in Philosophy from Boston College.

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