Strange New World

Strange New World

$25.00 / month

Explore the profound changes reshaping our culture, and stand firm in the faith. Grove City College professor Dr. Carl Trueman will help your student understand the modern emphasis on personal authenticity and sexual identity.

This course is only available with a monthly subscription format due to licensing agreements.


Facilitation for this course during the Spring 2024 semester is included with your individual subscription or as part of the Premium Membership. Through April, your student can join Zoom discussions as we progress through the video series! Work through questions and study what the Bible says about these issues with peers and a Compass Classroom facilitator. See schedule below.

Course Description

Ignore cancel culture and learn the reasons why sexual identity is the battleground of our day.

We regularly encounter terms like transgender, legal innovations like homosexual unions, and social media’s encouragement of pleasure at all costs. What does the plus sign mean in LGBTQ+, after all?

This course uncovers the roots of these changes. Students will understand the philosophies that built up identity when God’s design for mankind is rejected. They will regularly be asked to examine the ways in which these philosophies enter their entertainment, work, and hearts.

Designed as an elective course in the humanities for upperclassmen, the course includes several components to train your student in not just forming but living a biblical worldview to the glory of God:

  • Introductory videos by Dr. Carl Trueman, a respected Christian professor of church and intellectual history;
  • A complete reading of Trueman’s accessible study of the sexual revolution, Strange New World. This work was itself condensed from his acclaimed The Rise and Triumph of the Modern Self.
  • Selections from contemporary movies, documentaries, and news clips that bring the ideas of the book off the page.
  • Primary source readings from the works of philosophers highlighted by Trueman;
  • Secondary readings from John Frame’s monumental History of Western Philosophy to provide a Christian analysis of selected philosophers, their ideas, and their legacies;
  • A mixture of assignments, articles, quizzes and research projects to reinforce learning.

Credit: 1/2 HS Elective Credit (worldview, philosophy, intellectual history, humanities)

Age recommendation: 16+ [see Content Advisory below]

A Special Note About Access

We strongly recommend parents go through this material with their student. See Content Advisory below.

There are two ways to get access to this new course:

  1. If parents subscribe to this course individually, their accounts will be enrolled in the course and the facilitated group automatically.
  2. Although the course is included in the Premium Membership at no charge, it will not show up as an enrolled course. Due to the content of the course we require parents to email permission for their students to be enrolled.

To request access, simply email email [email protected] the following info:

  • Parent name,
  • Email address subscribed to the Premium Membership (if different from parent address),
  • Student name (and email address, if they have an account on My Compass Classroom),
  • A statement such as “I have read the Content Advisory and grant permission for my student to be enrolled in the Strange New World course.”

Content Advisory

We recommend this course for students age 16+ due in part to the nature of the topic. These subjects appear frequently:

  • sexual dysphoria
  • LGBTQ+ issues
  • homosexuality
  • lesbianism
  • bisexuality
  • transgenderism
  • transsexuality
  • queer, non-binary, and intersex identification
  • feminism

The following terms are also used in the course. Sometimes they are not explained in detail by Dr. Trueman, but are included in a source quotations or aid in describing a legal issue involved:

  • BDSM
  • euthanasia
  • genitalia
  • masturbation
  • pedophilia
  • Playboy
  • pornography

Required & Optional Books

Required: Strange New World: How Thinkers and Activists Redefined Identity and Sparked the Sexual Revolution by Dr. Carl Trueman. You can purchase a copy in our store or on

Optional: A History of Western Philosophy and Theology by Dr. John Frame. (Buy from Amazon | Look for used versions at Book Finder)

Facilitation Schedule

Zoom meetings 3 PM – 4 PM CST on Thursdays.

  • Week of Jan 15: Introduction [Zoom on Jan 18 at 3PM CST]
  • Week of Jan 22: Lesson 1 [Zoom on Jan 25 at 3PM CST]
  • Week of Jan 29: Lesson 2 [Zoom on Feb 1 at 3PM CST]
  • Week of Feb 5: Lesson 3, pt. 1 [Zoom on Feb 8 at 3PM CST]
  • Week of Feb 12: Lesson 3, pt. 2 [Zoom on Feb 15 at 3PM CST]
  • Week of Feb 19: Lesson 4 [Zoom on Feb 22 at 3PM CST]
  • Week of Feb 26: Lesson 5 [Zoom on Feb 29 at 3PM CST]
  • Week of Mar 4: Lesson 6 [Zoom on Mar 7 at 3PM CST]
  • Week of Mar 11: Spring Break
  • Week of Mar 18: Lesson 7 [Zoom on Mar 21 at 3PM CST]
  • Week of Mar 25: Easter Break
  • Week of Apr 1: Lesson 8 [Zoom on Apr 4 at 3PM CST]
  • Week of Apr 8: Lesson 9 [Zoom on Apr 11 at 3PM CST]
  • Week of Apr 15: Conclusion [Zoom on Apr 18 at 3PM CST]

Video Study Ⓒ 2021 by Carl Trueman. Book and Study Guide Ⓒ 2022 Carl Trueman. All worldwide rights reserved. Used with permission under license from Crossway.

Additional information






1/2 HS

Credit Amount




Dr. Carl Trueman





  1. Introduction
  2. Welcome to This Strange New World
  3. Romantic Roots
  4. Prometheus Unbound
  5. Sexualizing Psychology, Politicizing Sex
  6. The Revolt of the Masses
  7. Plastic People, Liquid World
  8. The Sexual Revolution of the LGBTQ+
  9. Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness
  10. Strangers in This Strange New World
  11. Conclusion

Lessons include some or all of the following steps in our Learning Management System:

  • Watch a video lecture from Dr. Trueman
  • Read the corresponding chapter in the textbook (sold separately)
  • Complete a Quiz over the chapter
  • Study questions and Bible study applications
  • Read from original philosophical and literary sources
  • Optional readings about key figures in philosophy
  • Prompts for discussion or essay writing

Sample Lesson

Here is the introductory video for this course:

And here is the video for Session 1: Welcome to This Strange New World:


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