Christendom
Grades 9-12+
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Christendom

Learn about St. Benedict, Charlemagne, and Alfred the Great in the first unit, Early Medievals. Discover the real story behind the Crusades. Travel through Dante's Divine Comedy, and finally, sit down with John Calvin and other Reformers and learn about the Reformation.

Old Western Culture Christendom Curriculum

How does it work?

Christendom offers a complete literature and history course. Intended for high school aged students (14+), as well as for the adult enrichment student.

  • 1 full year of instruction divided into four units: Early Medievals, Defense of the Faith, The Medieval Mind, and The Reformation.
  • 48 lectures.
  • 30-40 minutes per lecture.
  • 4 quarterly exams.
  • Through the Old Western Culture Readers, an edition of the works covered for each unit.
  • Hundreds of classical paintings, maps, timelines, and more woven into the video lessons.

What Will I Be Reading?

Christendom offers the student an overview of the history, theology, philosophy, and poetry produced by Christian authors from the early medieval period to the Renaissance.

Early Medievals—works from the early medieval period such as The Rule of Saint Benedict, Ecclessiastical History of the English People, and Beowulf.
Defense of the Faith—works by Christian authors from the high Middle Ages such as Anselm of Canterbury, Geoffrey of Monmouth, and Jacobus de Voragine.
The Medieval Mind—an abridgement of Thomas Aquinas' Compendium and the entire Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri.
The Reformation—a wide selection of Reformation and Renaissance era works ranging from Luther's Ninety-Five Theses to The Faerie Queene by Edmund Spenser.
Just want to study the highlights? We also offer the Essentials Schedule—a selection of Old Western Culture's complete reading list.

Preview

Preview clips from Old Western Culture's video lectures.

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  • World class teaching by classical educator Wesley Callihan. Demanding, challenging, mesmerizing content that will leave your student, no matter how steeped in history and classical studies, begging for more.
    Lisa Nehring,
    Golden Grasses
  • Callihan is a gifted teacher—so much so that I think parents might want to watch the lectures along with their students for their own enlightenment.
    Cathy Duffy,
    Cathy Duffy Reviews
  • But what if there was a single program that adequately covered key texts of Western literature; that was well-written, accurate, and Christ-centered; and that didn’t just mimic all the other courses? Well, there is. Old Western Culture: A Christian Approach to the Great Books is everything other Classical-style courses wish they were.
    Caleb Crossman,
    Exodus Books
  • I've tried a lot of "great books" materials in the past. All have left me feeling inadequate and incapable. All of them. Old Western Culture though? This one is different.
    Debra Brinkman,
    debrabrinkman.com
  • As a homeschool mom just venturing into classical education, I can tell you that Old Western Culture: The Greeks is super-easy to use. With schedules carefully laid out for you, you can easily plug and play. I like that all preparation is done for me and I need simply to enjoy listening to my children as they begin to think and talk and discuss ideology together.

Explore the Units

Early Medievals

Works from the early medieval period such as The Rule of Saint Benedict, Ecclessiastical History of the English People, and Beowulf

Early Medievals
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Defense of the Faith

Works by Christian authors from the high Middle Ages such as Anselm of Canterbury, Geoffrey of Monmouth, and Jacobus de Voragine.

Defense of the Faith
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Medieval Mind

An abridgement of Thomas Aquinas' Compendium and the entire Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri.

Medieval Mind
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The Reformation

A wide selection of Reformation and Renaissance era works ranging from Luther's Ninety-Five Theses to The Faerie Queene by Edmund Spenser.

The Reformation
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