The Class

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Biblical Mandate

“Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind, and love your neighbor as yourself.” (Luke 10:27)

“Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.” (1 Peter 3:15)

"You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free." (John 8:32)

The Curriculum

We are using the BRAND NEW 3-year Understanding the Times digital curriculum that has recently been released by Summit Ministries for high school and college-age students. To view a short introductory video, as well as the full table of contents for all three years, go to: UnderstandingTheTimes.com


For the 2019-20 school year, we are offering Understanding the Times.

 

[Important Note: These courses are for mature high school and college-age students. Students will be required to demonstrate serious commitment to the course as a whole, including a sober respect for the teacher, the other students, and the subject matter. If students are not yet prepared to demonstrate this level of maturity, they should wait and take the course at a later date.]

Understanding the Times

Our textbook will be the 2015 edition of Understanding the Times, the flagship textbook of Summit Ministries. The textbook represents a little more than half the coursework. The remainder of the coursework is found online at Summit U. While UTT is a stand-alone course, it is also Year One of a 3-yr high school/college curriculum on worldview, apologetics, and cultural engagement. UTT is a classic invitation to the study of worldviews, a guided tour of the answers to life’s ultimate questions. Through the course of the year we will examine the six most prominent worldviews influencing our world today: Christianity, Islam, Secularism, Marxism, New Spirituality, and Postmodernism. And through this examination, we'll show how the influence of these worldviews manifests in the key academic disciplines operating in America’s institutions of higher learning. The ten academic disciplines we will study include: Theology, Philosophy, Ethics, Biology, Psychology, Sociology, Law, Politics, Economics, and History. In all of this, the textbook and the teacher will attempt to demonstrate the absolute superiority of Christ and the Scriptures and the Christian Worldview. We will try to honestly evaluate other views, learning the value of humbly listening to and learning from others through authentic dialogue, but we will always come back to the greatness of God our Creator/Redeemer, the authority and reliability of the Scriptures, the majesty of Christ, and the absolute need of all people for the salvation that comes only through Him. This class is a highly academic "college prep" course, but it's more than that. It's life prep. So our goal is to intellectually prepare the students for any kind of future college experience they encounter, whether that's Biola, Baylor, Berkeley, or beyond. But our greater goal is that the students will grow deeper in what it means to love God with all they are, to love their neighbor as themselves, and to be true followers of Jesus Christ, bearing His worldview into every sphere of society. Soli Deo gloria!


We will spend 2 weeks on most of the 18 chapters in the book. (On a few of the chapters we will spend only one week.) The 2-week pattern will look like this: Every first week we'll read the chapter (approx. 20 pages) and do a one-page written assignment, responding to several practical questions. Every second week we'll do the Study Guide questions and then take the Chapter Exam at home (proctored by the parents). The Exam will be corrected in class the following week. During that second week we'll also do the Summit U online assignments (usually a short reading and a video), preparing to take the corresponding quizzes in class. The need for parental involvement will depend on the student. Self-motivated students who also have solid reading and comprehension skills will need minimal assistance from parents. Students should need approximately 3-5 hours to complete their weekly homework. (However, students who read and work as slowly as Mr. Powell may need a bit more time.)

Understanding the Faith

UTF introduces  students to the distinctively Christian worldview. With a special focus and emphasis on apologetic issues, tough questions and issues are raised and examined. These include: What does the Bible says about God? Is there evidence of the supernatural? Is Christianity anti-science? Why don’t people believe?


We will spend 2 weeks on most of the 18 chapters in the book. (On a few of the chapters we will spend only one week.) The 2-week pattern will look like this: Every first week we'll read the chapter (approx. 20 pages) and do a one-page written assignment, responding to several practical questions. Every second week we'll do the Study Guide questions and then take the Chapter Exam at home (proctored by the parents). The Exam will be corrected in class the following week. During that second week we'll also do the Summit U online assignments (usually a short reading and a video), preparing to take the corresponding quizzes in class. The need for parental involvement will depend on the student. Self-motivated students who also have solid reading and comprehension skills will need minimal assistance from parents. Students should need approximately 3-5 hours to complete their weekly homework. (However, students who read and work as slowly as Mr. Powell may need a bit more time.)

Tuition + 1 Year License + Textbook = $500 per year

The total cost for the one year course is $500. This includes tuition, a 1 year license for Summit U online resources, and the 500 page textbook. For families enrolling more than one student, the cost per student will be $450.