The fourth question of the Baltimore Catechism asked "Why did God make me?" The answer familiar to many of us was "To know, love and serve God, to be happy with Him in this life and in the next." For over 3500 years of western civilization the question of happiness has been among the central questions of life. Various Greek, Roman, Jewish and Christian philosophers offer distinct contributions to this central question. More than just a platitude the goal of authentic happiness is deeply tied to our origin, our purpose, and our destiny and provides a rich philosophical and theological perspective on God's plan for the human person. This course evaluates these answers, and seeks to present an authentically Catholic perspective to happiness as the goal of Catholic life.
Hours of Instruction: 6
Ryan Hanning is the Asst. VP and Director of Cultural Advancement at the University of Mary Tempe where he also teaches Church History and Catholic Studies. He writes and speaks internationally on modern objections to religious faith and obstacles to conversion. His undergraduate degree is in Religious studies and his post graduate work was in education and historical theology. He received his PhD on the development of doctrine and catechesis in the Eastern Catholic Church at Maryvale Institute, England, and currently resides in Mesa, AZ with his beautiful wife Rebecca, and their 9 well socialized homeschooled children.