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Completely Revised and Expanded, in print and ebook: The Conflict of the Ages, Parts 1-3


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Conflict of the Ages Parts I-III Teacher Edition

Science, History, Literature reunited. Eyewitness testimony and the real scientific method. Read ancient manuscripts, search the world, and discover truth instead of buying into preconceptions. When did time begin? Who are the Sons of God? Did ancient Establishments of Religion construct cultural controls and make man a god? Rediscover the Worldwide Flood and the truth about the Ice Age.

It’s tough, but you need this exhaustive worldwide study of evidence, investigation, and exalting the Scriptures as the ultimate authority. There was one eyewitness to the beginning of the universe. It might surprise you to know how much of His truth has been preserved, and how many struggle today to put that truth in the hands of teachers and students.


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The Conflict of the Ages Part One The Scientific History of Origins Student


The Conflict of the Ages is a Multi-Part exploration of History, Science and ancient Literature. This first installment covers the concepts of God, time, Creation, physics, cosmology, and specifics about each day of Creation. We make comparisons with ancient sources to see where they agree with the Scriptural account. We reference classic and modern scientific views, exposing errors, preconceptions, presuppositions and falsehoods taught as fact by the mainstream scientific community. God is the first witness and the Bible the first eyewitness account of beginnings and origins.Other ancient documents contain at least some truths and parallel accounts.


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The Conflict of the Ages Part II Student: The Origin of Evil in the World that Was


God made everything “very good”, so how did evil come into being? Is “original sin” real or just a myth? Could man talk to animals? There might be myths around the world that echo the creation story, but did ancient people believe in the fall of angels? What does “their eyes were opened” really mean?


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The Conflict of the Ages III Student: They Deliberately Forgot: The Flood and the Ice Age

The worldwide Flood is one of the most discounted records in the Scriptures. Yet it is supported around the world by historical accounts. Take a look at feasibility studies on the safety and the stocking of the Ark.

The Geologic Column ought to prove that fossils reveal the age of the earth. They show progression from simple to complex organisms over millions of years. But do they? Take a look at “living fossils.” Meet the extinct creature found only in the “oldest” layers but more complex than “later” life forms. Consider the real conditions that surrounded the Flood and the Ice Age.




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Update August 27, 2013 — Post by Michael J. Findley

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To our loyal readers I humbly apologize. For nearly a year I have worked on the next module of our Conflict of the Ages Series The Conflict of the Ages Part Three: They Deliberately Forgot–The Flood and the Ice Age.
During that time I wrote a fiction book, Nehemiah LLC, and took a Christmas break. I have finished COA3 now and it is now in the first step of editing. Then it will be sent out for outside vetting before it is published, by the grace of God, by Christmas time.
The past two months were devoted to finishing this work, which meant neglecting everything else, including this blog. I will attempt to write several during the next few days.
Let me ask one question, please. We are making a module (COA6) which we a calling a “workbook” as a companion to the Introduction, Antidisestablishmentarianism, through the COA5 module, which will cover ancient world literature. It will include grammar, vocabulary, mathematics problems such calculating the volume of the Ark, biology and composition ideas. Is “Workbook” the best possible title? Workbook for elementary level textbooks means many grade-specific problems with spaces to write in short answers. Our workbook will be nothing like that. It will be far more open-ended, with a large number possibilities given in the teacher’s edition. For example, since we do not know how many animals were on the Ark, we can constantly change the variables to calculate the needs of the animals. Which answer is the most reasonable? Why?
These questions are designed to make teachers, as well as students, think. While we do want students to think with open-ended questions, there are right and wrong answers. The Flood is an historical event. Noah, his wife and family were historical people. But your studies might allow for lively arguments on how you define a “panther” in the list of animals taken on board the ark. Does anyone have a better word for our title than “Workbook?” At this point in time, that is the best title we can think of. In fact, we will have a contest, with the prize being free ebook files of the first two Conflict of the Ages modules. Enter by commenting here on this post or email to ffvp56@yahoo.com and we will choose what we think is the best name suggestion and award the cleverest namer. We look forward to your suggestions!

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How Could You Raise the Price on the Conflict of the Ages?

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10 conflict 1 studentIn case you didn’t know it, we are working on a series called The Conflict of the Ages. It now has two installments:. The Scientific History of Origins, and The Origin of Evil in the World that Was. These are designed for homeschoolers  who want a better grasp of the essentials of world history from a scientific and authoritative point of view. These books fulfill state education requirements for a well-rounded historical and scientific study. They include ancient  sources outside the Bible that echo the truths of literal creation and what the world was like in ancient times. They  merge History and Science, and later will include Literature studies as well. References and supplementary information for further  study comprise more than half of each book. When we first published these, our main concern was to keep them  affordable, so we priced Teacher and Student editions at 99 cents. We have, however, gotten feedback suggesting we “up our game” by adding better organizational structure and illustrations to improve the reader’s experience. The additional material increased the file size and the 99 cent minimum price was no longer an option. We know that economic times are not improving and many families are struggling to pay for homeschool curriculum as it is. But we hope you will consider the “added value” of better organization and illustrations, and consider adding these works to your homeschool curriculum. We’d love to have homeschoolers give this series a try, and to give us your feedback. It’s designed to be in easily manageable modules, between 100-200 pages of main text each, and has Student and Teacher editions, with answer keys and teacher helps included.

These upgraded versions are available now on Smashwords, and should be ready in a few hours on Amazon.

Part One Smashwords Student Edition: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/137138

Part One Smashwords Teacher Edition: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/294493

Part Two Smashwords Student Edition: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/303090

Part Two Smashwords Teacher Edition: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/303093

Part One Amazon Student Edition: http://www.amazon.com/The-Conflict-Ages-Part-ebook/dp/B007ETAAV4

Part One Amazon Teacher Edition: http://www.amazon.com/Conflict-Ages-Part-One-ebook/dp/B00BSJRURS

Part Two Amazon Student Edition: http://www.amazon.com/Conflict-Ages-Part-Two-ebook/dp/B00C7FCRW0/

Part Two Amazon Teacher Edition: http://www.amazon.com/Conflict-Ages-Part-Two-ebook/dp/B00C7FR41E/

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Twenty-Four Titles by Findley Family Video

Findley Family Video now has 24 Titles to offer readers in the e-book realm. Another author I told that to responded by saying “Holy Moley,” and called us “Prolific.” Perhaps I should explain. We have decided to give readers a taste of some of our longer works, excerpts at a lower price so you can see what we’re all about and decide if you want to take the plunge into the full books. Some of the are 5 or 600 pages long, after all. Just in case you haven’t been able to keep up, here’s the roster of 99 cent books from Findley Family Video Publications. (And btw, one of them is 600+ pages and still only 99 cents! That’s Bibilical Studies Teacher Edition, complete student text and answer keys, plus extra projects, and I call that a real bargain!) By the way, if you like the “Serial” format for these books, and would like to see more, just make a comment on this blog post or follow the instructions at the end of each serial book.

Diary of a Christian DogMail Order Mistake?Carrie's Hired HandTeacher's Edition Biblical StudiesThe Conflict of the Ages Part One: The Scientific History of OriginsDeath and Peppermint SticksMy Best Man's MotherThose Society ThingsOT and NT Manuscript HistoryWhy Go to the American Wilderness?Oysters and OrisonsDepths of the PitCity On a Hill

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Evaluation of Complete Homeschool Curricula, Part One

Check out the Homeschool Reviews website. They have information and opinions on many more curricula than we cover here.


Bob Jones University Press

Bob Jones is a private, non-denominational, independent, fundamental University and also has a K-12 education system. They use the King James Bible as a standard for consistency but do not hold to the King James Only philosophy. The Press has been producing curriculum for decades, drawing writers from the Elementary, Academy and University faculty. All the curriculum is written by experienced teachers in the appropriate field and test-taught in the Elementary School or Academy. They also have many novels and nonfiction books, including a few titles available on Kindle, any of which can be used as supplementary reading material.

You can buy individual student copy books on any subject, all the way up to a complete years’ curriculum, videos of teachers teaching, assessments in the online version, and quite a bit of flexibility for students who are at different grade levels in different subjects within a complete year’s program. The complete curriculum comes in online, hard disc, and CD versions, basically the same material, but apparently assessments are only available in the online version. You must have a high speed internet connection to use the online version. This is the highest quality and the best material available. Mary worked at BJU Press as an editor. The content is distinctively biblical, not just surface Christian or morally positive, and it is kept updated. Skilled graphic artists and painters have created colorful, interesting layouts and illustrated content. Instead of completely leaving out secular worldviews or tacking on moral and Christian applications, the curriculum teaches how to judge what is true and false, good and evil, to strengthen convictions and give ammunition to fight the enemy. It is also one of the most expensive, costing over $900 per course. If you can afford it, this is the way to go. If you have three elementary age children, the complete curriculum plus musical instruction will be more than $3000 per year. High school will be more.

Several people have complained that there is too much detail, or that it includes too much material, and does not provide the highly structured lesson plans some curricula do. This is because it gives parents/teachers the option of eliminating material they choose not to cover. One complaint by people is that it is “college level” or “too difficult.” This is designed for a thorough education in a complete Christian worldview, not just basic, get-by schooling. It does require some knowledge on the parent’s part to make choices and plan what to teach and when.

History combines Biographies of Christians and Christian perspectives on historical events, Culture Studies and Geography, with timelines, in Elementary and secondary levels.

The Math program is a unit approach, not an incremental approach like Saxon, but it does use more review than a traditional unit approach. Problem solving and critical thinking skills are included. Teachers are encouraged to emphasize this aspect.

Science Is divided into Physical Science, Life Science, Earth Science, Biology, Physics and Chemistry. They are high quality, well-prepared, and regularly updated.


Sonlight’s founders follow the Reformed Church. They say their curriculum is literature-rich, meaning they sell you colorful readers, fiction for various ages, many award-winning books and controlled-vocabulary readers, and provide instructor’s guidebooks which have comprehension questions. Their philosophy is the “look for teachable moments” school and they do not have written tests or answer keys in their program. A complete curriculum for a year can cost over $1000 dollars. It is one of the most expensive programs out there.

They use outside sources for Science and Math, Saxon, Singapore, Apologia (see review below). Saxon is a good program and we recommend it. Singapore seems to be similar in using the Incremental approach. Neither of these are Christian, but Sonlight has teachers’ guides that may include that. Apologia seems to be  a Christian, education and Missions-minded organization, but they don’t say what they believe on their website. Nothing at all about it. And it should be noted that when companies offer curriculum they have not written they should at least be well-versed in the subject areas to be able to understand how the curriculum works. There is a section on Sonlight’s website stating that they have tried all the Science experiments and modified teachers’ guides to explain any misleading statements or unexpected outcomes. This is not the same as knowing Science and understanding the material  in the texts.

Many homeschooling parents said at first they tried to follow the program completely, but began to pick and choose parts, dropped back a level in some areas, or got reading books from the library instead of buying from Sonlight.  Most said they wanted to get the written catalog to know what books were needed so they could find them from other sources instead of paying for new/full price copies from Sonlight.

Calvert Schools

Calvert has K-8 curriculum only. It has both a physical school in Baltimore, MD, and other schools throughout the country which use their materials. Homeschoolers can teach the materials themselves, buying individual subjects. Calvert promotes a complete grade level package, however. Calvert allows all parents to call or contact them online to ask questions and get specific help.

This level starts at about $850 per year and varies somewhat according to grade level for the complete curriculum. Individual courses are $30 to $40. A second level with an advisory teacher assigned to you includes phone, online chat, and email communication with a Calvert teacher and periodic tests they grade, plus the teacher’s reports of the student’s progress and suggestions if improvement is needed. This level also provides transcripts on request. They also have two levels of instruction, a faster pace covering more material and a slower pace covering less material. (this second option is not available in the complete online school). Books and teacher guides must be returned at the end of the year.

Calvert advertises itself as being non-sectarian and provide no Bible curriculum. Homeschooling parents say it is very secular, presents some evolutionary concepts, “even in math,” and while it provides very complete structure, lesson planning, and makes the task easier for a very busy parent situation (one person who commented was working, going to school, and teaching her child), some insisted on a more Christian emphasis in History and Science. Complete grade programs range from $850 to $1250 for the “Classic” and “Classic” with an advisory teacher and periodic graded tests. They also sell “enrichment” and “school spirit” materials. The full online course was new in 2010, included videos and online communication and forum access, grading and progress assessment, plus optional “clubs” for photography, Science and gifted. Prices for this version exceed $2500 per year, varying by grade level.

Covenant Home Curriculum

This was developed by a Presbyterian Minister. He states that it follows Reformed Theology and that it is based on Classic literature and traditional Classical Education. He specifically states that he limits the use of Classical Literature (Greek) because of its ungodly worldview. The curriculum includes English Grammar and Composition materials which they have created and correlated with Classic literature selections. The publisher states that his materials guide users toward godly, Christian worldviews. He gives multiple choices of texts that can be used for Bible, Science and Math courses. Most curricula do not. Among his recommendations are Saxon for Math and Bob Jones University Press for Science. He also includes Latin for language study. Users say it is very structured. Most users liked the structure, goals, and Christian emphasis. One user said a learning-disabled student who began using it three years before graduation and was able to overcome serious reading and math deficiencies to the point of being accepted for college. Many people appreciated the “patient and thorough” telephone, message board and e-mail support CHC gives to its customers. Prices vary greatly, anywhere from $550 and up for lower grades to $850 for upper grades. These could be higher depending on your choices for textbooks.


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Statement of Belief in Education

Note that we have a general statement of belief for our blog, but we also include this one with specific reference to our education principles. We post this as we complete our series, in preparation for the last few entries beginning tomorrow, in which we will review a number of popular homeschool curricula.

When we use the word believe, we mean belief in the historic, judicial sense of having seen and evaluated evidence and reached a decision based on the facts presented, like a jury at a trial giving a verdict on a case before them.

We believe in the absolute authority of the Scriptures, Old and New Testaments. This is based on an historical, grammatical interpretation. Things mean what the writer of the time period intended them to mean, and that a plain, straightforward meaning is almost always the correct meaning. Scriptures must also be compared with Scriptures, passages looked at in context and subjects as part of a whole teaching throughout the Bible.

The Bible sometimes uses literary devices, different kinds in various places. As one example, In Judges 9, Jotham’s story of the trees seeking a king is not a literal event, though brambles and other trees are literal, real-world objects. It is a parable, and there are other parables. The sword coming out of Jesus Christ’s mouth in Revelation is literal in the sense that it is the Sword of the Spirit, the Word of God, which is a metaphor, another literary device used in many places in the Bible.

We also believe in the Priesthood of every believer, meaning that every believer can pray to God and read His word and that Christ is the only mediator we need. Salvation is by grace through faith alone.

Works are a testimony of salvation, not a way to obtain Salvation. The Church is made up only of professing believers. The Church was created at Pentecost. It is not a continuation of Israel. We believe in the Premillennial position, that is, that the Church age ends at the Rapture. The time we live in now is called the age of grace, although God has always saved by grace.

The Bible is a Book of Science. It is true, accurate, and reliable. It teaches man’s sinfulness and helplessness without Christ’s salvation and God’s power. Secular Humanism is a Religion of Mythology.

As the Established Religion in America it is taught in Public Schools to teach students that they have no sin, that they are perfectible by their own efforts, and that there is no God to Whom they are responsible.


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Principles of Teaching Handwriting

The illustration shows ancient forms of writing in the Middle East. It is taken from the Curriculum Introduction included with our Biblical Studies books.

A difficult subject made more difficult by computers. What should be handwritten and what should be typed? Some colleges and companies require a handwritten essay for admission/employment to ensure that it is not plagiarized and to make sure the applicant is capable of writing legibly by hand. The skill is still necessary. No matter how much fun it is, or how much easier it is, to write on the computer, the student needs to learn to write well by hand. The only real question is how to do it?

We recommend traditional handwriting drills used probably for centuries, emphasis on legibility, neatness and consistency. Rough drafts of every assignment should be written by hand, up through senior level in high school. Once again, the skill can be verified, and plagiarism is far less likely.

Handwriting will be more useful and more enjoyable if it is combined with interesting assignments. While beginning writers will need to practice correct pencil and pen holding and formation of individual letters, do all you can to make the activity less dull with entertaining or colorful illustrations they can identify, word games, and perhaps interesting backgrounds for their writing papers. Simple stickers or correlated craft projects, different media in which to practice (chalk slates, wax tablets, clay, sewing cards) , even cutting letters out of paper and gluing them onto cards can help reinforce correct shapes and neatness.)

Older students can correlate handwriting with poetry or essay assignments, emphasizing making the words look attractive on the paper with illustrations and different colors or textures of papers. You might even want them to learn calligraphy or handwriting for mechanical drafting. Though these skills have largely been replaced by computer design programs, they still teach discipline, neatness and beauty in handwriting that can carry over into life.

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