Bondage of the Will
This famous, long-appreciated text by Martin Luther delves into a variety of theological issues, many the primary doctrines of the Reformation. Translated by Packer and Johnston in a way that captures the emotion and style of Luther's original Latin, the book covers many Biblical topics, focusing especially on free-will and predestination. Much of the book compares Luther's theology to that of Desiderius Erasmus, another notable religious figure in the 1500s, and multiple scripture references are included. Though the language and vocabulary of the book may be challenging for contemporary readers, the thoughts and theology it contains spurred the Reformation and has since guided many to a deeper understanding of theological issues. For those not familiar with Luther's views, these writings defend predestination and highlight man's inability to save himself. 320 pgs, pb.
From the captivating introductory question "Why study this stuff?" to the glorious full-color artwork representations to the sheer comprehensiveness of the coverage, I am enthralled with these books. Omnibus is Latin for "all encompassing; everything." The publishers couldn't have picked a better
First Semester Primary Books: Beowulf, Confessions, Ecclesiastical History of the English People, Eusebius, The Church History, On the Incarnation of Our Lord, Rule of St. Benedict in English, The Song of Roland.
First Semester Secondary: The Dragon and the Raven, The Fellowship of the Ring, The Hobbit, The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood, A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Nine Tailors.
Second Semester Primary: The Bondage of the Will, The Canterbury Tales, The Divine Comedy, Inferno, History of the Kings of Britain, Macbeth, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight.
Second Semester Secondary: Henry V, King Richard III, The Return of the King, The Two Towers, Winning His Spurs.
Instead of isolating Bible and Christian history from what was happening in the rest of the world, the folks at Veritas aim to incorporate it. They offer four different history time periods (each aimed at a different grade level and designed to take one school year) which take students from creation to the present. The program originally had three parts: teacher's manual, history cards (an absolutely essential element of the curriculum) and a memory song on audio CD. The song is sung by a woman with a pleasant voice at varying tempos and is designed as a type of auditory time line. The history cards are fantastic! They have many interesting facets (the more you study them, the more you learn). The cards from the various time periods are color coded and numbered - there are 32 cards in each pack. If the cards also relate to Bible history they have another color and another number. Each card has a picture (usually in full color) representing what it is about. For example, the card for Creation has a reproduction of the Creation of the sun and moon from the Sistine Chapel Ceiling by Michelangelo. Many of the other pictures on the other cards are famous paintings as well. Each card has a