Leaving an Inheritance by Michael J. Findley

A good man leaveth an inheritance
to his children’s children;
Proverbs 13:22a KJV

A simple reading of this verse brings to mind property, real estate, houses, land, and money. Keil and Delitzsch in their commentary point out that the word can also mean “the man who is willing to communicate all good is truly good” and “a dispenser of blessings.” Jesus explained this “If therefore ye have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches?” Luke 16:11 and “For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more.” Luke 12:48b

Since God poured out His Spirit to found the Church, we are the first generation to have the teachings of the Word of God in an electronic format. We have the responsibility to use this opportunity to pass on to the next generation what the Lord has given to us.

These blessing and opportunities are also a great responsibility. Unlike the printed copies of educational material, educational ebooks can be given away for nothing more than the cost to store the material on a publisher’s site, which is at this time about two dollars per book. Then these books will be available worldwide to anyone who can read English and owns an ebook reader. At this time ebook readers are available in the US starting around $79. With very minimal advertising and no marketing, we have sold books in about twenty countries.

While we do write fiction, our educational goals are to write an integrated series on the history of the world. The Introduction to the Conflict of the Ages Series is entitled Antidisestablishmentarianism. One of our reviewers wrote that it was 950 pages on his ebook reader, so we also made it available in 4 sections as 4 separate books, What is an Establishment of Religion?, What is Secular Humanism?, What is Science? and What are the Results of the Establishment of Secular Humanism?

The Conflict of the Ages series begins with a defense of the origin of the universe in part one. Part two covers the origin of evil. At this time, part three, the flood and the ice age is about half complete. We intend to cover history through the twentieth century. At this time we estimate that will be about 42 volumes.

We were surprised to discover that no other ebook is available with our perspective. We have two major differences from any other works that we are aware of. First, we hold to the Scriptures as absolute authority but use other sources. We hold that Josephus and other ancient sources, though they contain errors, are more reliable than physical evidence available today through science. The reason is that the cataclysmic changes, not just during the flood but for hundreds of years after, have made the proper interpretation of the physical evidence extremely difficult.

Second, we integrate the history of the ancient world with art and literature. To the extent possible, we intend to include mathematical problems as well.
With some people there might be one other issue. We have no intention of making a detailed scope and sequence with daily assignments, quizzes and tests. Though we include many questions in the teacher’s edition, these need to be modified by the parent or teacher to fit the needs of the students. While the basic text has vocabulary suitable for an advanced elementary level student, the concepts are difficult to grasp in places and the recommended outside reading ranges up to the postdoctorate level.

May God bless you.

Image source: Norman Rockwell’s “Family Grace” from http://drawingatduke.blogspot.com/2010/11/norman-rockwell-greatest-american.html

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