How to be Your Own Selfish Pig
Susan Schaeffer Macaulay grew up in L'Abri in Switzerland which was founded by her parents, Frank and Edith Schaeffer. The Schaeffers wanted to provide a place where people could come to get away from the outside world and think about, read, and discuss the big issue of life - the purpose of their life in this world. The ultimate goal was to lead people to God, or to strengthen their relationship with God. Susan and her husband Ranald were carrying on the work of her parents in England when this book was written in 1982. The book is a basic overview of worldviews. In its 12 short chapters, we meet various people with divergent viewpoints about God: the God of the Bible; the God who would never send anyone to hell; there is no god; there are many gods; the physical world is just an illusion; and whatever you believe is OK as long as you believe it sincerely. We also see why believing in the God of the Bible is the only view that makes sense. I used this book for devotions with our four oldest kids for about three weeks. They now understand that knowing what a person believes will enable each of us to be a more effective witness to that person. Now, to put it into practice...
Lightbearers has a twofold goal. To keep the Christian student from being deceived by anti-Christian worldviews and to train him to actively live out the truth of Christianity in a culture of relativism and confusion. Summit Ministries knows how to accomplish those goals. Through the use of Bible passages, movie clips, thought-provoking films, video teaching segments, reading selections, discussion questions, writing assignments, video lectures, and writing assignments the student is introduced to various worldview perspectives and drawn into a realization that ideas have consequences. Although targeting a younger student (middle school), many of the same concepts and questions are examined as the other worldview curriculum from Summit - Understanding the Times and its Sunday School counterparts, Thinking Like a Christian and Countering the Culture. There are ten units plus an introduction and conclusion covering these topics: theology, philosophy, ethics, biology, psychology, sociology, law, politics, economics, and history. Each unit is covered in a fifteen-day lesson plan that incorporates material from the DVDs, readings from How to be Your Own Selfish Pig, and material from the student text. At all points the student is encouraged to think about, talk about, and write about what they are watching and reading. One of the most intriguing components of this course is the well-done re:View video series produced by Cedarville University. The DVDs feature short thought-provoking films and teaching segments and just like many movie DVDs, these include a director's comment version which explains the underlying purpose and visual effects. Also included on each DVD are pdf files that include a leader's guide, teaching scripts, and student handouts as well as PowerPoint slides. Some of this information is incorporated into the Lightbearers course and some is additional.
The Homeschool Teaching Package includes everything you need for one student - Teacher Manual, Student Workbook, Teaching DVDs, and the book, How to be Your Own Selfish Pig. The softcover Student Workbook (302 pgs) provides both textual information (usually several essays per unit) and a worktext format for discussion questions, assignments, and exercises. A fifteen day syllabus serves as a checklist for work assigned and completed. Some units include fill-in-the-blank outlines for the video lectures. The coil-bound, hardcover Teacher Manual (415 pgs) includes daily lesson plans with video and reading assignments, answers to all discussion questions, assignments, and exercises from the student workbook as well as answers to all test reviews and unit tests. The Teaching DVDs form the heart of this program. There are seven re:View DVDs, three DVDs with worldview lectures, two special production DVDs (Incredible Creatures that Defy Evolution and Who is this Jesus? Is He Risen?), one DVD of movie clips (including segments of Star Wars, The Polar Express, Bruce Almighty, and The Matrix among others) and a final DVD containing quizzes and tests in two formats - Word documents and pdf files. 14 DVDs in all. - Janice