In the establishment of cultural, legal, social, and religious norms of western man, attention is paid to the ancient Hebrews, Judaism and Christianity, and the establishment of organized Christian religions. When the student studies the Arab civilizations after the middle of the seventh century, importance is placed on the religion of Islam. When the student studies medieval Asian civilizations, attention is placed on the influence of Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, Confucianism, and Taoism. In cases where there are civilizations where all religions exist, such as modern United States, the student studies the role these religions play in shaping American history. When the religion plays a role world wide, such as Christianity in Medieval Japan, students are asked to evaluate this role.
As historians do, Take a Stand! students learn and evaluate the role religion has played in shaping the history of people. The books we recommend do not proselytize, that is, they do not actively engage in converting someone to a particular faith or away from a particular faith. On the other hand, the books we recommend highly value the role faith and religion have played in the history of mankind, and religion is given a position of honor among the influences in history.
Because the Take a Stand! books are guides HOW to study and analyze history, the parent is encouraged to choose any source or sources they want their children to read from. We recommend that the older the student, the more primary sources are used, and the more varied sources are used. The older student should be able to analyze a secular as well as a religious text, and be able to state his opinion on both of them in a logical and persuasive manner.