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Sample Lessons - Modernity

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  1. Lesson 1: Orientation
    12 Steps
  2. Lesson 2: The Great Stage: Introduction to the West
    12 Steps
  3. Lesson 3: Ideas Have Consequences: The Enlightenment
    11 Steps
  4. Lesson 4: The Sacred & the Secular: Empires, Pirates, and Rulers
    11 Steps
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1.4 —Read History Quotes

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  1. Read the following quotations about the study of history.
  2. Write an essay or discuss with your instructor the following question: According to these authors, what is the value of knowing the past?

SELECTION: Quotations about the study of history.

“The student of the New Testament should primarily be a historian. The center and core of all the Bible is history.” -J. Gresham Machen

“The value of history is its certainty—against which opinion is broken.” -Lord Acton

“The greatest advances in human civilization have come when we recovered what we had lost: when we learned the lessons of history.” -Winston Churchill

“A contempt of the monuments and the wisdom of the past, may be justly reckoned one of the reigning follies of these days, to which pride and idleness have equally contributed.” -Samuel Johnson