Propaganda … A College Course

Main Texts

1.) Propaganda: The Formation of Men’s Attitudes — Jacques Ellul

2.)  The Image: A Guide to Pseudo-Events in America — Daniel Boorstin

Required Texts

1.)  The Father of Spin – Larry Tye

Intent — Biography of one of the most influential Propagandist in the 20th century

2.) Propaganda — Edward Bernays

Intent — The technique and “how to” of how Bernays did Propaganda

3.) The Crowd — Gustav LaBon

Intent — How the public mind works in the context of large gatherings. How propaganda can manipulate the public mind in the context of large gatherings.

4.) Rules For Radical — Saul Alinsky

Intent — Alinsky’s propaganda methodology in order to manipulate Organizations and Public Opinion of Organizations. Community Organization 101.

5.) Confrontational Politics — H. L. Richardson

Intent — “How to” book on how to use propaganda in confrontational settings. Gives tips on how to organize with propaganda.

6.) The News Twisters — Edith Efron

Intent — Demonstrates the subtle presence and success of Propaganda by the Mainstream media upon the American voting public. Dated book. Still highly relevant.

7.) Why Johnny Can’t Think — Robert Whitaker

Intent — Demonstrates the bias and propaganda in the University system. Insists that every message received must be received by examining the presuppositions of the person or vehicle sending the message. Begins to give a outline on how to be immune to Propaganda.

8.) Amusing Ourselves To Death

Intent — Reveals that Americans are a Propagandized people and explains how Television is a propaganda machine. Television makes people immune to Truth and creates a society that requires a constant diet of propaganda.

9.) The Medium is the Massage — Marshal McLuhan

Intent — How the vehicle of the Message affects the Message sent. Propaganda, to be effective, has to be married to the right vehicle.

Note — See the course curriculum offered on Worldview Thinking and Presuppositionalism to provide the answer how one immunizes themselves to propaganda. This course will make you aware of Propaganda but it will not by itself make you immune to Propaganda.

Required Video

1.) The Century of the Self

Intent — 4 hour video that demonstrates the vast and deep role of propaganda in the 20th century. Should be viewed at least twice.


Basic Weekly Assignments:

Unlike previous courses this course insists on the importance of each and every book and the video for a complete understanding of Propaganda. As such each and every book requires Chapter summaries.

A final 30 page paper is required that explains what Propaganda is, how it works, the relation it bears to truth, if any. The paper will also require a demonstration and brief explanation of the techniques of successful Propaganda.


Seminary Course — Justification; The Article by which the Church Stands of Falls

Main Texts

1.) The Doctrine of Justification by Faith — John Owen
2.) The Doctrine of Justification — James Buchanan
3.) Justification — Francis Turretin (Author), Jr. James T. Dennison (Editor), George Musgrave Giger (Translator)

Assignment — Read the main texts. Write a 25 page paper explaining and defending the Biblical Doctrine of Justification by faith alone.

Supplemental Texts

1.) Romans: Atonement and Justification: An Exposition of Chapters 3:20 – 4:25 — Martyn Lloyd Jones
2.) Faith Alone: The Evangelical Doctrine of Justification — R. C. Sproul
3.) Justification by Faith Alone — Jonathan Edwards
5.) The Current Justification Controversy — O. Palmer Robertson
6.) By Faith Alone: Answering the Challenges to the Doctrine of Justification — Guy Waters (Editor)
7.) Justification Reconsidered: Rethinking A Pauline Theme — Stephen Westerholm


1.) Go online and find a rabid Roman Catholic and get into a debate on Justification
2.) Go online and find a rabid Federal Vision proponent and get into a debate on Justification
3.) Write a 10 page paper on the Controversies surrounding Justification (Books 5-7)


1.) What Still Divides Us?
A Protestant & Roman Catholic Debate : Are the Scriptures Sufficient? Are We Justified By Faith Alone?

Assignment — Listen to the debate section on Justification

The Opposition

1.) The Federal Vision — Steve Wilkins (Editor) — pages 151-262
2.) Council of Trent — Look up Cannon’s 9, 12, 14, 23, 24, 30, 33


1.) 4 page paper on each of the three Chapters in the Wilkins book refuting Federal Vision errant versions of Justification

2.) Refute the Council of Trent Canons

3.) 5 page paper locating the harmonies you see between Trent and Federal Vision

12 Books Recommended for the Newer Reformed Christian or High School Curriculum

Purpose — To root and ground the reader in the fundamentals of Biblical Christianity.  It is hoped that by absorbing the material of this course the result will be a Christian who is set upon Christianity as the life of the mind.

Goal — upon completion of the course the student will begin to understand that Christianity and the Christian faith is one wherein one finds their complete identity.

1.) By What Standard? — R. J. Rushdoony (Epistemology)

a.) 1 typed page chapter summaries.
b.) Upon completion a 4 page page paper on the importance of Epistemology.

2.) Understanding and Applying the Bible — J. Robertson McQuilkin (Hermeneutics)

a.) 1 typed page (200 words) chapter summaries
b.) Upon completion a 4 page page paper explaining basic hermeneutics and the importance of hermeneutics for reading the Scriptures aright.

3.) Knowing God — J. I. Packer (Theology Proper)

a.) 1 typed page chapter summaries
b.) 4 page paper on the Attributes of God

4.) O. Palmer Robertson — The Christ of the Covenants (Covenant Theology)

a.) 1 typed page chapter summaries
b.) 4 page paper giving an overview of covenant theology

5.) Putting Amazing back into Grace — Michael Horton (Basic Reformed Theology)

The author of this book ^ is R2K. I most certainly do not recommend anything he writes touching his theological dualism. Still, having said that I still think this book a good primer on Reformed theology.

a.)  1 typed page chapter summaries
b.) 4 page paper on the graciousness of Grace. Make sure to include a section explaining how in Reformed Theology when it comes to salvation “God does all the doing.”

6.) A Summary of Christian Doctrine — Louis Berkhof (Systematic Theology)

a.) 1 typed pages chapter summaries
b.) 4 page paper delineating why these doctrines are necessary for the Christian life

7.) When the Time Had Fully Come: Studies in New Testament Theology — Herman Ridderbos (Biblical Theology)

a.) 1 typed page chapter summaries
b.) 4 page paper explaining the Reformed “Now, Not yet.”

8.) The Cross of Christ — John Stott (Soteriology)

a.) 1 typed page chapter summaries
b.) 4 paged paper setting forth a basic understanding of the centrality of the Cross Work of Jesus Christ

9.) Holy Spirit — John Owen /abridged version (Pneumatology)

a.)1 typed page chapter summaries
b.) 4 page paper on the person and work of the Holy Spirit in the life of the believer

10.) Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God — J. I. Packer (Evangelism)

a.) 1 typed page chapter summaries
b.) 4 page paper explaining why Reformed folks are evangelistically minded

11.) The Pursuit of Holiness — Jerry Bridges (Sanctification)

a.) 1 typed page chapter summaries
b.) 4 typed page paper explaining the different nuances of Holiness and why it is necessary for the Christian life.

12.) The Basic Ideas of Calvinism — H. Henry Meeter (Holistic Calvinism)

a.) 1 typed page chapter summaries
b.) 4 typed pages that demonstrate that you understand that Christianity is a religion that is totalistic in its claims over every area of life.

— Warning on this book; Ignore Meeter’s “insights” on Economics

This list could be used in a High School curriculum for covenant children in Christian families.

Seminary Course — Revival; Fact or Fantasy?

Main Texts

1.) Revival and Revivalism — Iain H. Murray
2.) Jonathan Edwards: On Revival — Jonathan Edwards

Assignment — Read text 1. Write a 15 page paper clearly mapping out the distinctions Murray makes between legitimate revival and illegitimate Revivalism.

Assignment — Read text 2. Write a 15 page paper demonstrating that you understand how Edwards distinguished between real revival and pseudo revival. What were the sign of genuine revival that Edwards gives.

Supplementary Texts

1.) A Survey of 20th-Century Revival Movements in North America — Richard Riss

Assignment — Riss writes as a non-Christian giving kind of a sociological view of Revival. Riss is also a Marxist historian. Write a 7 page paper giving the reasons for Revival as Riss views those reasons. Even though Riss writes as a Sociologist and Marxist historian for Revival are there any insights on Revival that Riss includes that you find valuable. Include those observations in your paper.

2.) The Methodist-Revolution — Bernard Semmel

Assignment — Write a 7 page paper detailing how the Methodist Revival was institutionalized in Wesley’s England. Explain how Wesley’s revival rescued England from the fate of the French Revolution. Spend time in your paper examining how the Revival was channeled into a denomination.

3.) Cambuslang Revival — Arthur Fawcett

Assignment — Write a 7 page paper detailing how the Cambuslang Revival differed from the Wesley Revival as described in “The Methodist Revolution.”

4.) The Invitation System — Iain H. Murray

Assignment — Write a 5 page paper examining the weakness of the Invitation system.

5.) Revival — Martyn Lloyd Jones

Assignment — 1.5 page chapter summary of each chapter of Lloyd-Jones book.

6.) Rut, Rot or Revival: The Problem of Change and Breaking Out of the Status Quo – A. W. Tozer

Assignment — 5 page paper explaining Tozer’s view of Revival.

7.) Why Revival Tarries — Leonard Ravenhill

Assignment — Ravenhill writes as a Charismatic – Pentecostal. Write a 7 page paper that compares and contrasts Ravehill’s insights with what you found in the Cambuslang Revival.

8.) The Anxious Bench — John Williamson Nevin

Assignment — 7 page paper demonstrating that you understand Nevin’s opposition to Revival techniques

9.) George Whitefield: The Life and Times of the Great Evangelist of the Eighteenth-Century Revival (2 Volumes) — Arnold Dallimore

Assignment — 15 page paper examining the impact of George Whitfield and Revival during his lifetime. In the last 3 pages explain why you think or do not think that Revival is consistent with Reformed theology.

Seminary Course; Biblical Theology

Main Texts


2.) When the Time had fully Come — Herman Ridderbos
3.) Biblical Theology: Old and New Testaments — Geerhardus Vos

Assignments — Read the main texts.

1.) 7 page paper answering the question “What is Biblical Theology.”
2.) 7 page paper explaining what the “Now, Not Yet” hermeneutic is and how the future is in the present
3.) 10 page paper highlighting some of the main themes of Vos’s work

Supplemental Texts

1.) Pauline Eschatology — Geerhardus Vos
2.) Redemptive History and Biblical Interpretation: The Shorter Writings of Geerhardus Vos –Geerhardus Vos
3.) The Eschatology of the Old Testament — Geerhardus Vos
4.) The Coming of the Kingdom — Herman Ridderbos
5.) Paul: An Outline of His Theology — Herman Ridderbos
6.) A New Testament Biblical Theology: The Unfolding of the Old Testament in the New — G. K. Beale
7.) We Become What We Worship: A Biblical Theology of Idolatry — G. K. Beale
8.) The Mission of God: Unlocking the Bible’s Grand Narrative — Christopher H. Wright
9.) God’s Glory in Salvation through Judgment: A Biblical Theology — James M. Hamilton Jr
10.) The Unfolding Mystery: Discovering Christ in the Old Testament — Edmund Clowney
11.) A Theology of the New Testament — George Eldon Ladd

High School students must read the main texts and supplementary texts 2, 6, 8, and 10.

College Students must choose reading one of two following supplementary sets. Seminary Students must read all 11 supplementary books.

Set 1 — 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 11,
Set 2 — 1, 3, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10


1.) None of these books are written by a Postmillennialist. Write a 15 page paper giving an overview, based on the principles of interpretation you’ve learned in this reading, on what a Postmillennial Biblical Theology of Dominion would look like.

2.) 5 page paper probing what the student sees as potential weaknesses in Biblical theology.

3.) Provide 1.5 page Chapter summaries for each book demonstrating that you’ve understood the material you’ve read

4.) Write a 7 page paper setting forth what you see as the macro story line of Scripture. Support your conclusions from Scripture and your reading. (for example, Hamilton sees the macro story line as “Salvation through Judgment.” Wright see’s the macro story line as Missions. Others have argued that the macro story line is Covenant, or Redemption, or God’s Glory, etc.)

5.) 4 page paper distinguishing Systematic Theology from Biblical theology. Spend 1 page explaining whether you think that Systematic theology or Biblical theology should be prioritized and why.