- Series: Misc Homeschool
- Hardcover: 438 pages
- Publisher: Christian Liberty Press; 2nd edition (1995)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1930367465
- ISBN-13: 978-1930367463
- Product Dimensions: 11 x 1.2 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #601,492 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Streams of Civilization Vol. 2: Cultures in Conflict Since the Reformation 2nd Edition
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The book covers the events of world history with an emphasis on European and American culture since the Reformation. Unlike secular history texts, which tend to ignore the role that religion has played in the history of the world or are relativistically multicultural if they mention religion at all, the principal themes in Streams of Civilization include the history of Christianity and philosophy with their results in culture, politics, economics, society, science, and technology. It is a great background to help children begin their appreciation for history and how it is relevant to today. One complaint is that some topics are too briefly touched upon, but it should be remembered that this is a student textbook, and as is the case in any high school course, the overview is all that is really covered while in-depth study is reserved for advanced classes. Another complaint is that it is "exclusionary" and "denominationally biased," emphasizing the place of certain "Christian groups" such as the Reformed theology, over others. I did not find this to be so. Yes, the authors do approach history from a distinctly conservative viewpoint, but they do not ignore other aspects of the story.
The biggest complaint is that it tells history on a slant with decidedly Christian propaganda, accepting the Bible as a factual historical source. Of course, the same kind of charge could be made about history books written by liberal leftists with their anti-religious bias. There is no doubt that Streams of Civilization is one of the few world history texts that combines a Biblical worldview, creation science, and church history. It gives a solid overview of civilization with a fair inclusion of both creationist and evolutionist theory of beginnings. Che Guavera is not painted as a hero-revolutionary, nor Mao Tse-Tung (or however it is spelled today) as someone just misunderstood. In fact, I believe that whatever "bias" exists in this work, it is far less than what is found in public school textbooks. The twentieth century coverage is outstanding with the Christian responses to secularism and the scourge of communism. Major world cultures, religions, and their development are explained with the aid of maps, timelines, and graphics, giving many opportunities for discussion. We used both volumes for our boys' world history studies and are glad that we did.
Anyone who insists that topics like the Civil War are too briefly touched upon, may I remind them that this textbook covers European and American culture since the reformation in 425 pages; including charts, maps, photos,etc. The civil war is, however, covered on pages 90,160,172,221,271,273 and 408. I might have missed some. This is a student textbook. As is the case in a high school course, the overview is all that is really covered while going truly in depth is reserved for advanced studies. There is a lot to cover in History from the time kids are old enough to grasp the complexities to any real degree to the time they graduate. Please keep your reviews on a textbook for 13-18 year old high school students grounded in that understanding. Of course there will be some amount of detail glossed over on each and every topic.
I would recommend this book. I was particularly appreciative of the coverage of people like Washington Gladden (the "father" of christian socialism) who emphasized social action rather than belief as a means of following Jesus. It is very interesting and relevant to the course of History.