Deuteronomy 4:33-40, “Has a people heard God’s voice speaking from the fire as you have, and lived? Or has a god attempted to go and take a nation as his own out of another nation, by trials, signs, wonders, and war, by a strong hand and an outstretched arm, by great terrors, as the Lord your God did for you in Egypt before your eyes? You were shown these things so that you would know that the Lord is God; there is no other besides Him. He let you hear His voice from Heaven to instruct you. He showed you His great fire on earth and you heard His words from the fire. Because He loved your fathers, He chose their descendants after them and brought you out of Egypt by His presence and great power, to drive out before you nations greater and stronger than you and to bring you in and give you their land as an inheritance, as is now taking place. Today, recognize and keep in mind that the Lord is God in Heaven above and on earth below; there is no other. Keep His statutes and commands, which I am giving you today, so that you and your children after you may prosper and so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you for all time.”

Hillsdale College Online Constitution Course

Hillsdale College offers free, not-for-credit online courses by its faculty. These online versions are based upon those in the College’s undergraduate Core Curriculum, which all Hillsdale students must complete prior to graduation.

In addition to lectures, these online courses feature readings, study guides, quizzes, and discussion groups. There is also an opportunity to receive certificates of completion for each course.

Questions and answers about the course:

Q:  Is there any cost to register for these online courses?
A:  No.  All of the course materials are provided online, including the reading selections.  A donation is suggested but not required to register for or participate in the course.

Q:  Is there a certain time I have to register for and participate in the courses?
A:  No, you may begin anytime.  Once new material is released each week (according to the schedule), it is archived and available to view at your convenience.

Q:  Do I need to complete the course by a certain date or time?
A:  No.  There are no set deadlines to complete the course material.  You may work at your own pace.

Q:  What grade level are the courses appropriate for?
A:  These courses are best suited for those of a high school grade level and above.

Q:  Are the courses available on DVD or CD?
A:  No, we do not offer these courses on DVD or CD.

Q:  How long are the lectures?
A:  Each lecture is approximately 40 minutes in length.

Q:  What time are the lectures?  What happens if I miss a lecture or session?
A:  Each lecture is pre-recorded.  After the material has been released each week (according to the schedule), it is available to view at your convenience.

Q:  Can I watch a lecture more than once?
A:  Yes.  You may view the lecture as often as you like.

Q:  How long will the courses be available?
A:  These courses will remain archived and available at your convenience for the foreseeable future.

Hillsdale College was founded in 1844 by men and women who proclaimed themselves “grateful to God for the inestimable blessings resulting from the prevalence of civil and religious liberty and intelligent piety in the land,” and who believed that “the diffusion of sound learning is essential to the perpetuity of these blessings.”

U.S. Constitution Course

Learn the role of civil government by considering the U.S. Constitution and its limits on government.

In their lecture presentations, Michael Anthony Peroutka and Pastor David Whitney establish the premises for properly understanding the Constitution, by exposing students to the Biblical Worldview of America’s Founders and the writings that influenced them, as well as to their deliberate design of the federal government. In addition to looking at the text of the Articles and of the 27 Amendments, including the Bill of Rights, students will become familiar with “The American View of Law and Government”:

  • There is a God, the God of the Bible
  • Our rights come from Him
  • The purpose of civil government is to secure our God-given rights

The 12 lectures of the U.S. Constitution course cover the topics listed below:

  1. An American View of Law, Liberty and Government
  2. The Religious Beliefs of the Founding Fathers
  3. The Philosophical Worldview of the Constitution
  4. 1776-1789: From Independence to the Constitution
  5. Overview of the Constitution, Preamble and Article I
  6. Overview of the Constitution: Articles II & III
  7. Overview of the Constitution: Articles IV, V, VI, & VII
  8. The Bill of Rights: The First Amendment
  9. Amendments II – X
  10. Amendments XI – XXVII
  11. The Crisis of the Constitution: From Biblical Absolutes to Humanistic Relativism
  12. Reclaiming the Constitution: How Do We Approach the Restoration of the American Constitutional Republic?

By gaining an understanding of the foundational principles and the worldview of America’s founders, students will see that a worldview revolution has occurred which has caused the Constitution to be widely misinterpreted and misunderstood in today’s world. The course concludes with a roadmap for restoration of our Constitutional Republic.

OPTIONS FOR TAKING OUR U.S. CONSTITUTION COURSE:
♢ Purchase one of our U.S. Constitution Course Kits or call 866-730-9796.
♢In our Pasadena, Maryland classroom, when scheduled **

Constitutional Guidance for Lawmakers Series

The Heritage Foundation offers an excellent series of articles as a constitutional primer that contains  essential information and revelation for everyone currently serving in government or anyone considering pursuing public service. This information is recommended for students and teachers of history, politics and government and all patriots.

Founded in 1973, The Heritage Foundation is a research and educational institution—a think tank—whose mission is to formulate and promote conservative public policies based on the principles of free enterprise, limited government, individual freedom, traditional American values and a strong national defense.

The Heritage Foundation believes the principles and ideals of the American Founding are worth conserving and renewing. As policy entrepreneurs, they believe the most effective solutions are consistent with those ideals and principles. Their vision is to build an America where freedom, opportunity, prosperity, and civil society flourish.

15 articles in this series:

1. Support and Defend: Understanding the Oath of Office

2. Legislative Powers: Not Yours to Give Away

3. The Constitution in One Sentence: Understanding the Tenth Amendment

4. Enough Is Enough: Why General Welfare Limits Spending

5. Commerce, Commerce, Everywhere: The Uses and Abuses of the Commerce Clause

6. Not So Sweeping After All: The Limits of the Necessary and Proper Clause

7. They Can’t Spend What You Don’t Approve: Rethinking the Appropriations Clause

8. Hands Off My Purse! Why Money Bills Originate in the House

9. How a Bill Becomes a Law: The Constitutional Way

10. Article V: Congress, Conventions, and Constitutional Amendments

11. Defining Citizens: Congress, Citizenship, and the Meaning of the Fourteenth Amendment

12. You Can Borrow, But You Can’t Hide: The Prudential Limits of the Borrowing Clause

13. The Sword and the Purse (Part 1); The Role of Congress in War

14. The Sword and the Purse (Part 2); The President as Commander in Chief

15. Faith Freedom and the First Amendment The Guarantee of Religious Liberty