Christendom: The Reformation: Post Tenebras Lux, introduces students to the great minds of the Reformation: John Calvin, Martin Luther, Thomas Cranmer, and Erasmus. But a study of this tumultuous period of history would be sorely lacking without a thorough understanding of the historical setting of the Reformation. Wesley Callihan and Dr. Chris Schlect team up to lay a solid foundation for understanding the origins and struggles of the Reformation, as well as its theology and influence. Students will read part of Calvin’s Institutes of the Christian Religion, as well as Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales and Spenser’s Faerie Queene.
Christendom: The Reformation Set
Lecture list for The Reformation
Lecture 1: Introduction to Renaissance and Reformation
Lecture 2: Canterbury Tales 1
Lecture 3: Canterbury Tales 2
Lecture 4: Canterbury Tales 3
Lecture 5: From Premodern to Modern Times
Lecture 6: Predecessors to the Reformation
Lecture 7: Luther and 16th Century Reform
Lecture 8: International Calvinism
Lecture 9: The Reformation in England
Lecture 10: Spenser 1
Lecture 11: Spenser 2
Lecture 12: Spenser 3
Table of Contents
Depending on the assigned reading from the course Christendom: The Reformation, this reader includes either selections or entire works.
- The Canterbury Tales, by Geoffrey Chaucer
- Clericis Laicos & Unam Sanctam, by Boniface VIII
- Defensor Pacis, by Marsilius of Padua
- Sacrosancta & Frequens, by The Council of Constance
- Julius Exclusus, by Erasmus of Rotterdam
- Ninety-Five Theses, Letter to the Christian
- Nobility, Babylonian Captivity of the Church, & The Freedom of the Christian, by Martin Luther
- Exsurge Domine, by Leo X
- The Schleitheim Articles, by Machael Sattler
- Apology of the Augsburg Confession, by Philip Melanchthon
- Institutes of the Christian Religion, by John Calvin
- The Decree of Trent, by The Council of Trent
- Spiritual Exercises, by Ignatius of Loyola
- Commentary on the Heidelberg Catechism, by Zacharias Ursinus
- Book of Common Prayer, by Church of England
- Foxe’s Book of Martyrs, by John Foxe
- An Admonition to Parliment, by Field and Wilcox
- The Laws of Ecclesastical Politie, by Richard Hooker
- The Faerie Queene, Amoretti, Epithalimion, by Edmund Spenser
WHAT is “Old Western Culture”?
“Old Western Culture” is a literature curriculum named after a term coined by C.S. Lewis to describe the fabric of ideas that shaped Western Civilization. For centuries, a “Great Books” education lay at the heart of what it meant to be educated. It was the education of the Church Fathers, of the Medieval Church, of the Reformers, and of all the Founding Fathers of the United States.
– It is a CLASSICAL EDUCATION, based on the great books of western civilization.
– It is a CHRISTIAN EDUCATION, which sees the history and literature of the West through the eyes of the Bible and historic Christianity.
– It is an INTEGRATED HUMANITIES CURRICULUM, bringing together literature, history, philosophy, doctrine, geography, and art.
– It is a HOMESCHOOL oriented curriculum, made by homeschoolers with the needs of homeschooled in mind, including flexibility, affordability, and ease-of-use.
We bring a master-teacher into your home and encourage parents to gain an overview of Western Civilization themselves by watching the video lessons with their children.
HOW does Old Western Culture work?
Old Western Culture is a video course. It is built around a master teacher, Wes Callihan. With decades of teaching experience, he guides students through the story of Western civilization. The Historians contains 12 video lessons (approx 30-40 min each).
Each lesson begins with a brief review before jumping into summary, commentary, analysis, and inter-disciplinary connections of the works covered. After each lesson, students complete the assigned readings and answer comprehension questions in the Student Workbook or online workbook.
WHY do people love Wes Callihan?
Wes Callihan is a master story teller! With a remarkable ability to communicate a passion for history and literature, he makes profound ideas accessible, relevant, and interesting. Also known for his distinctive “rabbit trailers,” forays into funny and obscure historical anecdotes, which have a way of showing up at the dinner table. (After all, rabbit trails are “hooks for the imagination and memory.”) Wes Callihan is a true classical scholar, fluent in both Latin and Greek. He lectures only from the notes in the margins of his worn copies of the Great Books. “Meet him” through THIS VIDEO TOUR of his personal library, which doubled as a mini-lecture!
Old Western Culture is intended for mature and discerning students. We recommend this course for ages 14 and up. The course will deal with mature themes such as paganism, sexual immorality, battle scenes (mostly in actual reading), and classical paintings. Old Western Culture is meant to equip your child with a Biblical lens from which to process these themes. We assume your child has a working knowledge of the Bible and basic Christian doctrine.
This a robust course academically, and requires a fair bit of reading. Wesley Callihan will coach your student on how to approach the reading in the video. The average daily reading load is 30-40 pages. As an “integrated humanities” course, Old Western Culture will constantly be incorporating history, literature, theology, philosophy, art, and art history, all through the eyes of the Great Books.
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