The Catholic Thing Courses Series just finished Augustine’s City of God. There, Bob Royal led a guided tour of two cities, one of which, the City of Man prospered or not depending on its denizen’s ability to live in concord with each other. More’s Utopia, written a millennium later, extends the conversation (literally in dialogue) of what constitutes the ideal commonwealth. Written by More in mid-career, before service in the King’s court, it posits all the right questions and offers some paradoxical answers. C. S. Lewis once quipped that all agree that Utopia is a great book, but hardly any two agree as to why. We will explore this great work’s themes, riddles and meanings, hidden and otherwise.
4 1-hour video lectures on carefully selected excerpts from Thomas More’s Utopia
Extra reading material related to the course (optional)
Unlimited access to the course
Course book: For this course we recommend all students obtain a copy of the course book. We will be using the Cambridge Third Edition of Utopia. You may either access a free copy here or purchase a hard copy at Amazon.
Robert James Conrad Jr. is a judge of the U. S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina. He is the author of John Fisher and Thomas More: Keeping Their Souls While Losing Their Heads (2021), which recounts the stories of the two great Catholic saints who were executed by King Henry VIII. “[More and Fisher] were. . .servants of the one true God who spoke through his Word and his Church. Their shared conviction was that … God was truth, and that his Church was a truth-telling institution.”