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    • Aristotles Ethics : A Guide To Living The Good Life


      The Video DVD set includes the DVD course and one study guide.

      Everybody wants to do the right thing, be the best person they can be, and help their family and friends do the same. But why does man have this innate desire to be good? What does goodness look like? Are good and evil the same for everyone? Using Aristotle’s Ethics as his guide, John Cuddeback, Ph.D. answers these questions and more, showing how man is shaped by the choices he makes, and how continually choosing the good inevitably leads to happiness.

      The Fundamentals of Happiness

      To study ethics is to seek to understand the true order of human actions, Dr. Cuddeback discusses what that order looks like, and how it is tied to man’s happiness, by examining these key topics from Aristotle’s Ethics:

      * The objectivity of good and evil
      * The pursuit of the chief good, or human happiness
      * The moral, intellectual, and cardinal virtues
      * Habits and vices, and how they shape human character

      Aristotle’s timeless assertions on the nature of humanity are invaluable in their cogency and simplicity. Dr. Cuddeback’s teaching of the text from a Catholic perspective makes for a deep yet accessible lesson on the profound spiritual dimension of everyday life.

      Why study Ethics?

      The increasing pervasiveness of moral relativism can complicate the modern Christian’s understanding of good and evil. A choice to study ethics is a choice to clarify one’s knowledge of goodness. If we are confident in our understanding of good and evil, we can more assuredly pursue lives of Christian holiness. Dr. Cuddeback’s lectures are rich sources of inspiration and insight into human goodness. Choosing goodness means choosing happiness for ourselves and those around us.

      Education for the Mind and the Soul

      While the study of ethics is an intellectual endeavor, it pertains to all aspects of the human person. Dr. Cuddeback’s sensitivity to the Catholic’s quest for holiness allows him to apply ethics to our everyday spiritual lives. Learn how St. Thomas Aquinas’ own study of Aristotle’s teachings left an indelible mark on the Catholic understanding of virtue. Renew your desire to overcome bad habits by understanding the transformative power of good ones.

      In this course, Dr. Cuddeback invites you to feed your mind and your soul with timeless teachings on humanity’s pursuit of happiness.

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    • True Friendship : Where Virtue Becomes Happiness


      Have you ever felt lonely, even when surrounded by people? Do you feel like you’re missing something important in your friendships?

      You probably are.

      Men and women are made, created, for friendship – but not just with passing or casual acquaintances. We are designed for real, deep, lasting friendship of the highest kind. Without that friendship, we often feel unsatisfied, empty, or simply alone.

      Not All Friendships Are Equal

      Did you know that there are different kinds of friendship? Dr. John Cuddeback, your professor for this course, describes the basic kinds of friendship, but he also shows you what friendship in the fullest sense really is – and it’s far more than simply being pals or BFF’s. Professor Cuddeback shows that Aristotle’s division of friendships into three kinds – utility, pleasure or virtue – has a pressing relevance for our lives today.

      True Friends and Personal Virtue

      Courage, fortitude, wisdom, charity… what can these virtues have to do with friendship? Being virtuous, says Aristotle, is how man becomes happy. If we want a real friendship, we must first become the kind of person one would want to be friends with.

      Professor Cuddeback issues a challenge to personal virtue to everyone who longs for abiding friendship. Find someone else who is also striving to grow in virtue – together you can form the kind of friendship God intends us to have.

      Ancient and Biblical Wisdom

      In this course, Professor Cuddeback deftly weaves together the age-old wisdom of the Greeks and the fundamental teachings of Sacred Scripture to reveal the most rewarding of human achievements – being a friend. He takes the thoughts of the great philosopher Aristotle, the Angelic Doctor St. Thomas Aquinas, and the sublime teachings of Jesus Christ to illustrate the nature and requirements of true friendship.

      Join Professor Cuddeback to discover what friendship is, why we seek it, why good friends are so often hard to find, and how to make the friends (and be the friend) you’ve always desired.

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    • Ultimate Questions Ultimate Answers


      Asking the Big Questions

      From the beginning of time, people have wondered about the meaning of human life. Who are we? Why are we here? What is the point of it all? These questions have eternal significance, and just asking them tends to change the way people live their lives.

      But there are even more fundamental questions than these, questions that ask not only about our being, but about being itself. What does it mean for anything to exist? What makes a being a being? How does being differ from nonbeing? And the ultimate question: Why is there something rather than nothing?

      Philosophy and the Science of Being

      Philosophy, in its traditional form as the love of wisdom and pursuit of truth, strives to answer these ultimate questions. And the branch of philosophy that seeks to do so is metaphysics. Aristotle called it the science of being because it is concerned with explaining the fundamental nature of existence itself.

      Catholics might ask, why study metaphysics or philosophy? Don’t we have the answers to those questions in theology? But as St. Thomas Aquinas shows, revealed theology is the study of God as he is in himself. What Aquinas calls philosophical theology or metaphysics, studies God as the cause of being. Metaphysics proves through logical deduction that the existence of the universe requires a First Cause, a Creator, to account for why there is anything at all.

      Metaphysics in the Catholic Tradition

      Dr. Gregory T. Doolan offers a survey of metaphysics in the Catholic tradition. He discusses these topics and more:

      * The distinction between philosophy and theology
      * The nature, principles, and causes of being
      * The existence of God as the first cause of all being

      Professor Doolan begins with the roots of metaphysics in pre-Christian Greek philosophy from the great minds of Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle. The course highlights the crowning philosophical achievements of St. Thomas Aquinas during the 13th century. Finally, Professor Doolan references the modern philosophical decline that followed St. Thomas Aquinas.

      If you’re ready to explore the deepest realities of existence, join Professor Gregory T. Doolan for this philosophical survey of metaphysics.

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    • 7 Threats Against The Culture Of Life


      Join Dr. Scott Gaylord for an in-depth exploration of the scientific, legal, philosophical, and moral dimensions of some of the most important battleground issues regarding the Culture of Life:

      * Redefining life
      * Abortion and contraception
      * Embyronic stem cell research
      * In Vitro fertilization
      * And more!

      The threat to the Culture of Life that these issues pose has intensified in recent years, due to at least three ongoing developments:

      1. Advances in scientific research and technology, which enable us to control the creation (and destruction) of human life in unprecedented ways
      2. The ever-increasing reliance of our society on the courts to legislate what is right or wrong regarding these scientific advances
      3. The loss of a moral dimension to the scientific and legal discussion that determines how society treats the most vulnerable among us at the beginning, as well as the end, of life.

      A complete understanding of these pressing life issues requires an understanding of the interrelation between science, law, and morality. This interconnectedness is all too often ignored in public debate about these life issues. Professor Gaylord highlights Catholic teaching which considers law, science, philosophy, and morality to be part of a unified whole, rooted in the essential and inviolable sanctity and dignity of the human person.

      In a statement titled Right to Life and the Dignity of the Human Person, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops affirmed: Every social decision and institution must be judged in light of whether it protects or undermines the life and dignity of the human person. Professor Gaylord takes this statement and makes it the basis for examining seven threats to the Culture of Life – judging them based on Catholic teaching and the dignity of every human person, no matter their age or size.

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    • 10 Questions For The Dalai Lama


      Against the backdrop of an exotic land, a lone fimmaker is granted one hour to ask ten questions of the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet. Containing rare historical footage as well as footage taken inside Tibet, a story is woven between a journeyman’s personal observations, the troubled history of a government in-exile, and the life and wisdom of one of the premiere spiritual leaders of our time.

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