The Catholic Textbook Project’s General Editor, Christopher Zehnder, has been teaching an online history course, “The Making of the Modern World,” through Homeschool Connections. Last semester’s classes were recorded and are now offered through Homeschool Connections Unlimited Access. The second semester classes will be available late May.
Mr. Zehnder’s course is based on the CTP text Light to the Nations II: The Making of the Modern World and he describes the course as follows:
This course examines how the Modern World — our world — came to be. It looks at the revolutionary ideas that created, first in Europe and then the entire world, an understanding of man and his relationship to God, the Church, and the state that was in many respects radically different from the understanding of these things that prevailed in the Middle Ages. Ideas influence deeds, and thus the course examines historical events, showing how they flowed from the struggle between those who held to traditional conceptions and those who embraced the new ideas. Events influence ideas, and thus we study how the events of history helped modify and develop both the new ideas and the traditional vision of the world. The course is divided into two parts. Part I (first semester) begins with the scientific revolution of the 16th and 17th centuries and concludes with the attempt to reestablish the ancient regime after the fall of Napoleon’s empire. Part II (second semester) continues the story, beginning with a study of Romanticism and concluding with Vatican II and the post-conciliar world.
For more information on Homeschool Connections Unlimited Access or to sign up, go here.
To view Homeschool Connections Spring/Summer 2014 Recorded Course Catalog, go here.
For the 2014/2015 school year, Mr. Zehnder will be teaching a course using Light to the Nations I: A History of Christian Civilization through Homeschool Connections. Information for registering for the live, interactive classes will be posted soon.