World Views of the Western World, Year 1

World Views of the Western World Year I, The Bible and Ancient Thought, by David Quine – 12:25-1:40 pm, Period 3

10 units Ancient History, 10 units English, 10 units Humanities, 5 units Bible

World Views of the Western World employs a unified study exploring the foundation and formation of Western civilization while integrating multiple streams of academic discipline—world history, literature, philosophy, theology, humanities, American Government, economics, science, art and music while following changes in philosophies through time along with their implications and consequences to society. Classics are a primary focus and are studied with an eye to understanding the world view that influenced their creation.

Equip your children to meet the questions the culture is asking them about why they believe the Bible and why it is relevant today. Teach them to stand by the solid and unchanging truths of the Bible. Give them a Biblical world view—an understanding of what the Bible says, why they believe it, and how to defend it. Educate them on opposing world viewsand their origins. Prepare your child to recognize truth.

  • Unified Study
  • Analysis
  • Biblical World View Foundation
  • Philosophy
  • Art
  • Literature
  • History
  • Science Government
  • MusicEconomics
  • Compare against the Truths of the Bible
  • Finely tuned, lifelong skill to assess changing philosophies and their impact on daily life

This series of four high school classes integrates Bible literacy with the study of Western civilization, literature, art, music, government, economics, and philosophy into a single course.

  • Starting Points – Introduction to a Biblical world view and evaluation
  • Year I, The Bible and Ancient Thought
  • Year II, The Grandeur of Christianity and The Revolutionary Age
  • Year III, Christianity Answers the 21st Century

In addition to infusing knowledge in core academic disciplines, these courses exercise and develop the student’s reading, evaluation, discussion, and writing skills.

The unique strengths of this course:

  • All disciplines are studied together.
  • Each subject and each year interrelates and builds.
  • All ideas are examined against the Biblical world view.
  • The Bible is seen as a coherent, unified system, a framework against which information can be organized and analyzed.
  • The course content requires the student to reflect thoughtfully on the material.
  • Students read, learn, and evaluate on their own before further analysis and discussion in class.
  • Students are prepared to give Christian answers in all fields of study.
    Multiple years of checking ideas against the truths of the Bible form a life habit.

Course Description: World Views of the Western World Year I takes the student from the ancient civilizations of the Hebrews and the Greeks up to the Middle Ages while reading the Bible and classic Greek and Roman literature and learning Greek and Roman philosophy. During this class, students learn the specifics of a Biblical world view and compare this to the ancient beliefs and philosophy of the Greeks and Romans.

Teacher/Mentor: Susan Watanabe
Course Length: Two semesters
Course Fee payable to Sue Watanabe: $80/month
Credit: 10 units High School Literature and Composition, 10 units Ancient History, 10 units Humanities, 5 units Bible
Type of Class: Group class emphasizing discussion
Questions: Email Susan Watanabe at [email protected]
Recommendations: Preferably students should be at least 9th grade or speak to the instructor

Prerequisites: Students are not required to take all three classes or to take them in order.
Required Books: See and please contact the instructor before buying materials.


  • How Should We Then Live?
  • Let Us Highly Resolve
  • Francis A Schaeffer: Trilogy
  • The Universe Next Door
  • Genesis in Space and Time
  • Affliction
  • The Iliad
  • The Odyssey
  • The Aeneid
  • Republic
  • The City of God


  • Socrates
  • Plato
  • St. Augustine
  • St. Thomas Aquinas
  • Classical Composers
  • How Should We Then Live

Materials List:

List of required books and audios for year III from or other
Binder at least two inches deep
College ruled notebook paper for taking notes in class

Assignment Criteria: Work will be divided into weekly assignments. Students will be expected to finish these assignments each week so they are prepared to discuss their findings on Friday. It is important that all of the questions in the workbook are answered as this is what will be the basis for the discussion during class.

There will also be several essays due during the course of the year. This is the primary means used in this course for the student to show what he or she has learned. Writing instruction will be given during class.

Keep in mind that this course is worth the same as at least three full classes. Please be sure you understand that homework may take up to three hours a day four days a week.

Please come to class with a hard copy of your assignments completed and your workbook filled in. Assignments are due at the beginning of class. All work should be done neatly and reflect the student’s best efforts.

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