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Reformation & Enlightenment - 11th Grade

This recommended reading list is based on two assumptions: first, that the class meets twice a week, with more time to read and prepare available for the first discussion than the second. Secondly, this course assumes two 18-week semesters. Educators may tailor these recommendations to fit their own schedules.

Because our mission is to apply the Christian worldview to the great conversation, we begin each year by assigning books designed to encourage students to better understand and apply the Christian worldview. These first few weeks establish an important foundation for students, reminding them that they are responsible for taking every thought captive for Christ (2 Corinthians 10:5).


Required Resources

1. A Modest Proposal and Other Satirical Works

2. Against Slavery: An Abolitionist Reader

3. Autobiography and Other Writings, The

4. Canons of the Synod of Dordt

5. Causes of the American Discontents

6. Common Sense

7. Compact Guide to World Religions, The

8. Complete Works of John Donne

9. Concerning Christian Liberty

10. Doctor Faustus

11. Don Quijote

12. Early American Poetry

13. Essay on Criticism

14. Federalist Papers

15. How Now Shall We Live?

16. Institutes of the Christian Religion, The

17. Lend Me Your Ears

18. Letters Concerning the English Nation

19. Leviathan

20. Life and Diary of David Brainerd, The

21. Meditations on First Philosophy

22. Mercy of Pocahontas, The

23. New Atlantis

24. Of Plymouth Plantation

25. Othello

26. Paradise Lost

27. Pensees

28. Pepys Diary

29. Political Writings of John Locke

30. Preface to Paradise Lost

31. Protestant Reformation: Major Documents, The

32. Reformation, The

33. Roots of American Order

34. Social Contract, The

35. To Honour God: the Spirituality of Oliver Cromwell

36. Turning Points

37. Worldview Academy Lecture Series - Apologetics

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