WCFS Social Studies Course
God, Gospel and Government
Applied Citizenship 101: God, Gospel and Government
1 Credit - Satisfies the High School Handbook §5.5.1 (a) Applied Citizenship 101 Required Course
God, Gospel and Government is designed to introduce God’s design for Government to the high school student. God, Gospel and Government will cover key topics on Government over a 7 week period, and will include classroom lectures, homework assignments and projects to complete 120 QSU®’s of study in the classroom and outside projects combined.
The WCFS God, Gospel and Government class will develop a Biblical foundation to government that will help the you address issues of authority that affect the you in the everyday, ordinary world. Study elements will include lectures, reading assignments, outlines, essays, legislative research and field trips including written or oral testimonies to General Assembly committees.
WCFS Applied Civics 101 - Course Requirements
Description of Course Content:
Students shall earn one-half of a social studies credit by completing a course with content relating to a Biblical perspective of American government, the influence of Judeo-Christian principles in the formulation of the United States, and the role of the Christian in civil government.
The objective of the course is to help students have a clear understanding of the basic elements and fundamental principles of American government, and the heritage from which that government came. Students will also have a clear understanding from Scripture of their civic responsibilities, and how to engage governmental authorities with courage and creativity for the sake of the Gospel.
The course shall be a hands-on practicum, designed to engage students on a personal level, not just a theoretical or intellectual level.
- Students shall study the primary elements of American government, with a specific focus on the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. Students shall research the Biblical principles reflected in each document.
- Student shall survey the impact that Christians have had on American government and society, including instances where Christians have engaged the political process to address injustices in American society.
- Students shall study a Biblical perspective of a Christian’s civic responsibilities.
The WCFS courses Applied Citizenship 101 or God, Gospel and Government satisfy this requirement.
A parent-developed (Non-Standard) course incorporating appropriate Biblical texts (e.g. Genesis 8, Romans 13, I Peter 2, the book of Esther, the book of Daniel) and approved resources also satisfies this requirement.
Approved Resources Include:
God and Government Volumes 1 and 2 by Gary DeMar
If You Can Keep It: The Forgotten Promise of American Liberty by Eric Metaxas
The Third Alternative: Christian Self-Government by Bill Burtness
Christianity and the Constitution by John Eidsmoe
Biblical Principles of the United States Constitution DVD course with John Eidsmoe
Original Intent: The Courts, the Constitution, & Religion by David Barton
Government Volumes 1 and 2 by Verna Hall and Rosalie Salter
Constitution Alive! A Citizen’s Guide to the Constitution DVD course by David Barton and Rick Green
The American Heritage Series DVD course by David Barton
Constitutional Literacy course by Michael Farris.