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New Geneva has just added several graduate level courses to their Graduate School in the discipline of Political Science and Philosophy.
These classes can be taken individually or as a course tract for a Master’s degree in Applied Political Science.
POLY SCI 400 Cycles of American Political Thought
POLY SCI 410 350 Years of American History
POLY SCI 420 A History of Freedom
POLY SCI 430 The American Mind
POLY SCI 440 Islam: History, Interpretation & Analysis
POLY SCI 450 The United State & The Middle East
PHIL 210 – Constitutional Philosophy
PHIL 220 – Political Philosophy
Beginning February 11th New Geneva is holding a 6 week intensive study course in Biblical Economics. (BIBL ECO 101)
This is a college level course of 3 credits for $225. The class meets in house and via Google Hangout for students outside of the immediate area each Tuesday and Thursday at 11am EST. This is a interactive lecture/correspondence course. Most of the required reading is included with the lecture CD except one booklet which the student is required to purchase. It can be purchased for $10 from Geneva or at Amazon.
Questions regarding this course should be directed to Dr Paul Michael Raymond at firstname.lastname@example.org
Providentially, God has opened a door whereby the building next door to the College is available. This would provide Geneva with 2 floors of library space and an entire parking lot adjacent to the already existing Geneva building. Since Geneva refuses to be indebted to the the banking system to fund any of their projects they are asking the Christian community to help.
We only need to raise $50,000. for the purchase!
If you would like to be a part of this project please send your tax deductible donation made out to ITR (The Institute For Theonomic Reformation) PO Box 778 Appomattox VA 24522.
Donations of $500 or more will receive a copy of Dr. Ed Payne’s book “Biblical Healing for Modern Medicine”. Donations of $1000. or more will receive a copy Steve Halbrook’s very important hardcover book “God is Just”.
For more information please contact Rev Paul Michael Raymond at:
email@example.com of call (434) 941-1895.
Geneva is presently working on several new courses for the 2014 semester year.
1. Andrea Schwartz has put together a series of courses for Home Schooling moms and those that are preparing to Home School. Upon the successful completion of the course tract the student will be certified by the New Geneva Christian Leadership Academy College. This effort will not only assist Home Educating parents in the proper teaching of their children, but it may serve as a buffer against statist encroachment in those geographical areas where certain certifications are needed to Home Teach.
2. Mr Joaquin Fernandez, co-producer of INDOCTRINATION: THE MOVIE, is offering a college level course in film making and analysis. His course confers 3 college credits at $75/credit. It does have however a re-requistie course in World view studies which he requires before taking the course. This comprehensive World View 101, Advancing the Kingdom course is given at New Geneva and confers 3 credits at a cost of $75/credit.
3. Daniel and Joshua Horn from Discerning History are on board with us here at New Geneva and have just competed a 3 part DVD series on the Civil War. Students desiring to dig into the history and philosophy behind the War of Aggression, as it is sometimes called by those in the South, can earn college credits by enrolling in this series. The course credits have not yet been determined. Coming in 2014.
4. Our pdf catalog is also being edited since there have been so may new courses added making our old catalog already obsolete. Watch for it to be added to our home page at http://www.newgeneva.us
The Old Rat Skeller Model Resurrected
During the 70′s almost every University had what the students called the Rat Skeller. Well at least that is what we called it. It probably was initially dubbed the Rat Celler, but being University wise guys, we thought we would re-name it in order to give it some character.
Since every college has some sort of a “Rat-Skeller” type coffee house for students to gather, we thought that Geneva should have one too.
The College is now serving Espressos, Cappuccinos, coffees, herbal treas, snacks (healthy and not so healthy), cold drinks and a series of very healthy Protein Drinks and natural carbonated sodas. All this plus a well stocked theological book store with scholarly free-bees.
The Cafe provides an atmosphere where students and visitors can either converse or sequester themselves in our upstairs library to study. We thought this was a great way to further inject ourselves into the community.
The Cafe is also a great way to get some of the students, and our younger church folk involved in an entrepreneurship internship. By providing and example of what could actually be done with a very small building we hope to provide incentives to others to be creative with what they have to work with.
There is another reason why Geneva’s cafe is an important addition. Visibility. Every Theological institution, need to be culturally relevant. This means that not only should that institution go out into the community, but it should do all that it can to bring the community to them.
Geneva’s bookstore and library provides a powerful witness to the Dominion Mandate and what it really means to be a Christian, who is culturally active and influential in their community. The establishment of the Crown Rights of Christ must be done village by village, town by town, city by city county by county for it to finally go into all the world.
Free stuff… really.
Geneva also provides a ton of free stuff for its visitors and members. from tracts to magazines we insure that everyone who enters does not go away empty.
If you are ever in the Appomattox area in Central Virginia we invite you to visit. The coffee is on us!
It has always been our hope to bring student interns to work and study on site at New Geneva. The intern program would consist of research projects at the College Library, general office work and maintenance, and of course class time under the supervision of Dr. Paul Michael Raymond and some of the professorial staff at the college. In return, Geneva would offer either a partial or a full 2 year scholarship, including full use of the library and media research room. The problem Geneva faces is that, at this time, it cannot offer housing. Some students may be able to stay with Geneva’s local church families but that option is very limited.
All options hinge upon financial support. One such option is where Geneva, through donations, would purchase a small house to be used for male interns. (Female interns would be placed with families.) The second option is to gain enough financial support to purchase a small building where dorm rooms could be set up along with space to add another library wing.
We had always hoped for R.J. Rushdoony’s library to be moved here. While that may not be immediately possible perhaps we could bring only part of that library to Geneva on a rotational yearly schedule so our students, and the community, could benefit. Since Appomattox is a tourist attraction, seated in the heart of the Civil War’s Northern Army surrender, the library would also be a tourist attraction dedicated to the work and legacy of R.J. Rushdoony. It would be cared for, cataloged and maintained by Geneva’s interns and local volunteers of the Reformed Bible Church.
Real estate in Appomattox is very affordable especially in the town where Geneva is located. For example: The building adjacent to Geneva is available for $150,000. It is a two story building of approximately 40′ x 200”. It includes a parking lot and a store front entrance on Main Street, which is the very the heart of Appomattox, along with a side entrance emptying at Geneva’s front door. There may even be the possibility of dividing the unit for the half closest to Geneva’s library. This half includes the parking lot and would more than double Geneva’s existing space. It would truly make Geneva a College campus rather than a College building. Like many of the buildings in town this one is a historic landmark and would need some renovation. Over time that can be done by our volunteers and interns. To be sure it is prime real estate for those with a future generational vision.
We are open to suggestions how to alleviate our internship and expansion dilemmas. Please pray that God would open a door of opportunity for us to use Geneva for the greater glory of Christ. Many thanks for your suggestions in advance.
New Geneva has added several courses for the series scholar of Christian Theonomy and Reconstruction.
SCHOOL OF ECONOMICS
BIBL ECO 101 Introduction to Economics – 3 credit hours
BIBL ECO 102 Fundamentals of Economics – 3 credit hours
BIBL ECO 200 – Applied Economics – 3 credit hours
BIBL ECO 210 – History of Money and Banking – 4 credit hours
BIBL ECO 220 – Stewardship – 4 credit hours
BIBL ECO 300 – The Theology of Work – 4 credit hours
SCHOOL OF PHILOSOPHY & HISTORY
PHIL 250 Defending the Faith – 3 credit hours
PHIL 270 Historical Theology – 3 credit hours
HIS 400 Historiography and the Philosophy of History – 4 credit hours
HIS 320 Historical Theology (Undergraduate Level) – 4 credit hours
HIS 620 Historical Theology (Graduate/Seminary Level) – 6 credit hours
With so many Christians professing to be Reconstructionists, why is so little being accomplished?
While I admit there may be many reasons for this I think there is one that leads the pack, which must be faced if the Kingdom of God is to be advanced in our life time.
Writing is Easy
It is easy to write and pontificate about Theonomy and Christian Reconstruction and do nothing to apply it. It is also east to tell others what needs to be done without actually doing it yourself. To sequester Theonomy and the principles of Christian Reconstruction to the written or spoken word is to make void that very word . Talking is not doing. By its very definition Theonomy is to be an applied reality. It needs to be set forth in application into the events of history, beginning with local communities.
The reason why not much is actually accomplished in the name of Theonomy and Christian Reconstruction is fear of failure. While ignorance of Theonomic Reformation strategies may play a part, fear may be the real culprit.
Think about it this way. Theonomists and Reconstructionists want to believe that the concepts of Biblical Theonomic Reconstruction hold the solutions to our unraveling societal order. I hold to this idea as well. Yet, too many believe that simply discussing these concepts without injecting them into the social order is enough to make changes. This can never work.
Since talk is cheap, and concepts can be discussed without any measurable negative blowback or failure, every strategy and tactic seems glorious. However, until these strategies are put into the culture they remain merely conceptual. Theonomic Christian Reconstruction strategies and logistics must be tried. They must be applied and their impact measured. Just because Biblical solutions are needed does not automatically translate into our knowing on how to apply them to every situation. We are all still on a learning curve. We must begin testing our logistics in the laboratory of the societal order.
Leadership is about overcoming fear. It is about having enough confidence in the concepts to actually get out and apply them. Christendom must stop talking and get moving. The application of faith is the test of faith.
Leadership is not something that is transferred genetically. It is not something that is gained by virtue of some birthright or tenure. It cannot be bought nor can it be stolen. Leadership must be taught, developed and then practiced every moment of every day.
Leadership development is a combination of knowledge, understanding, method and practice. While some people seem to be “natural leaders” they still need training to hone those natural skills. Like the refinement of a raw material, the dross of those “natural” tendencies of leadership must be purified. This takes time. Most of all it takes effort.
Mostly, leadership is about action. It is about the application of knowledge to the many aspects of life. It is the exercise of wisdom so as to make a positive lasting change. Leadership is primarily seen by others by an outward example. It is not what a man says that makes him a leader, it is what a man does that establishes him as such.
Leadership is also about effective communication. It is based upon the ability to reach others by first listening and only then commenting. Leaders are to engage in ongoing conversations in order to spur others to deep consideration of the issues at hand. Leadership is not only waiting for opportunity to engage it is making those opportunities a reality. Engagement of the community with ethical integrity so as to really expose the root causes of particular problems is what is needed in today’s Christian community.
A Simple Tactic
Go to into your local community each day and engage people one by one in relevant hot topic discussions. Then, stand back and analyze their response before you comment. Be sure that you have first established some friendly association with them. Only then will they be willing to listen. Only then will they regard you as trustworthy. Only then can you impact their worldview. Only then will change take place. Start developing that today.