World View Kit
Christian Theology and Ancient Polytheism
Often what is new in the homeschool market is just a dusting-off of what is old–a new cover, a new typeset, a tweak here, a nip there. But Christian Theology and Ancient Polytheism is truly like nothing I have seen in all my twenty-plus years in the homeschool market.
This nine-month curriculum compares and contrasts ancient Near Eastern myths–lies, if you will–with Old Testament stories. Christian Theology and Ancient Polytheism is the Christian reader's guide for the Sumerian novel Secret of the Scribe. It focuses on four critical worldview questions–who is God and what is He like, and who is man and what is his purpose–and why the answers to those questions matter.
Through the study, your child will gain a richer awareness of the magnificence of the Gospel. Ultimately, the goal is your child's deeper understanding of Christian theology. While Christian Theology and Ancient Polytheism begins with your child reading paraphrased versions of pagan myths, by the completion of the course he will have read the very texts that college professors use to discredit the Bible. He will also see how the mistaken beliefs and temptations of the ancients have profound relevance even today. Heavy stuff, but all within the grasp of even a ten-year-old. Highly recommended.
A Young Historian's Introduction to World View You absolutely need to teach your children how to evaluate life with respect to world views. It is critical for social relationships and for the understanding of current events, and it is absolutely mandatory for grasping history. Your history program may or may not occasionally reference world views, but unless you purposefully make it your goal that your children understand what a world view is, they just may graduate with a disturbingly weak understanding of why wars are fought, how rulers obtain power, and how certain cultures are debased while others are glorified.
A Young Historian's Introduction to Worldview is the most complete, most accessible, most child-friendly program we have ever encountered. Through engaging discussions and hands-on activities, your children will use deductive reasoning to recognize that the same set of observations can be interpreted differently based on the world view of the interpreter.
Four fundamental world views are presented: Naturalism, pantheism, monotheism, and polytheism. Contained within each of these are a variety of specific religions and philosophies; the course will be looking at twelve of the most well-known. Because each of the world views is presented matter-of-factly, it is up to you, the parent, to discuss and solidify your own family's values through the numerous Table Talk sections.
A Young Historian's Introduction to Worldview uses stories and hands-on activities to graphically illustrate the differences in world views and to further simplify this complex topic. By the end of the course, your young children should be able to answer these questions: Who is man and what is his purpose? Who or what is God? Why is there evil and suffering in the world? What is truth and how is it acquired? Amazing! These are questions most adults have yet to resolve!
A Young Historian's Introduction to Worldview includes a ninety-page workbook and virtually everything you will need to complete the course. Technically, this course can be completed in four lessons, but I think most families would find it more doable to divide each lesson into two to four sessions. It is hard for me to gauge ages for this one. Ten and older should readily grasp the ideas, but I would think that with a slower pace and a bit more repetition and explanation, even a six-year-old could follow the concepts and begin a routine of discerning the world view behind the motivation of all he encounters. Highly, highly recommended.
Engaging Thinkers - Set of 4 Historical Novels Excellent follow-up to A Young Historian's Introduction to Worldview, this series includes four novels, one for each of the chronological periods of history: Ancient, medieval, early modern, and modern, each entailing one of the four world views: Polytheism, monotheism, naturalism, and pantheism. Written for fifth- through eighth-grade students, but we strongly encourage you to read them aloud to promote thoughtful family discussions.
Christian Theology and Ancient Polytheism
A Young Historian's Introduction to World View
Engaging Thinkers - Set of 4 Historical Novels Publisher's Information
Conversations from the Garden
** While the publisher gives permission to reproduce the notebook for use within your family, the kit contains additional materials such as a small box and 3D glasses. To use this kit with multiple children, you will need to either find a way to share these resources or locate comparable materials locally.
We recently ordered this and have only just begun to dive in. I must say that I was quite hesitant to spend so much...but so far, so good!
We completed the first novel, The Secret of the Scribe and found it to be suspensful and very enlightening. It was sobering to see the depth of non-Christian beliefs and the fear and lack-of-hope of the characters. It also really helped us to understand the city of Ur and gave alot of insight about what God called Abraham to leave behind.
We've also completed the first lesson, which I feel is well done. I appreciate that the content isn't talking down to my kids and is engaging for our vast age span. The lessons are very simple to teach and I'm looking forward to continue our exploration of World Views.