critical thinking, empathy for other beliefs, and standing alone for your own beliefs in an ungodly world




Christian Classics



7th grade

The Screwtape Letters by CS Lewis


The Fallacy Detective by Bluedoorn

How to be your own Selfish Pig (Susan Schaeffer Macauley)

8th grade

Mere Christianity by CS Lewis

 Know Why You Believe; Know What You Believe (Doug Little)

A Case of Red Herrings (Critical Thinking Press) – use as a game with the whole family

Someone’s Making a Monkey Out of You (Patrick Marks)

9th grade

Missionary biographies

 The Thinking Toolbox by Bluedoorn

The Deadliest Monster by JF Baldwin

Pagan Lies, Gospel Truth by Peter Jones

10th grade

Church History in Plain Language (Bruce Shelley)/ teach alongside of World History

Critical Thinking, book 1 (Critical Thinking Press)

How Shall We Then Live? Francis Schaeffer (book and/or DVD series)

11th grade

Christian Ethics for Youth (Bechtel Books) year-long curriculum

All God’s Children and Blue Suede Shoes by Kenneth Myers

Story of the Dun Cow (Wangerin, Jr)



How to Lie with Statistics (Darrell Huff)

The Universe Next Door (James Sire); study guide by Mary Tanksley

Choosing Your Own Religion  (dvd series by RC Sproul)       

Battle for our Minds (dvd series by RC Sproul)

Amusing Ourselves to Death by Neil Postman


12th grade

Every Thought Captive by Pratt

Always Ready by Bahnsen

The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx

The Secular Humanist Manifesto 1 & 2 [both of these in conjunction with Understanding the Times]

Understanding the Times (David Nobel) : See below for class website

Seven Men Who Rule the World from the Grave by Dave Breese

  Use yearly:

Operation World-  we use this as a prayer guide for the various countries, but it’s also excellent as a reference on statistics and demographics of every country, and has precise statistics and percentage of each religion in that country.

Bible Study (Precept on precept for teens; Bible Study Fellowship, or personal study guide, such as John MacArthur’s)

Scripture memory

Prayer time

Christian classics (above)

Christian service (usher, nursery, choir, Sunday school helper/ teacher, etc.)

Understanding the Times Class:

Mary Tanksley,
May 10, 2011, 1:17 PM