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Increasingly, our secular society denies the important role that Our Lord plays in history. However, in the class Christ: The Center of History, you will journey through the ancient and Biblical world and come to a greater understanding of God’s providential plan, learning to defend and explain the unique role played by Our Savior Jesus Christ in the fullness of time.


  • Understand the deeper meaning of history from a faithful Catholic perspective
  • Survey three key ancient civilizations and their place in God’s plan
  • See how God providentially prepared the world for the birth of His Son
  • Explore the great mystery of the fullness of time
John A. Cuddeback


Timothy T. O’Donnell is the president of Christendom College, where he teaches classes in history and theology. He was the first layman to receive both his licentiate and doctoral degrees in ascetical and mystical theology from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (Angelicum) in Rome. He has taught at St. John’s Seminary in Camarillo, California, and at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California. He is a Knight Grand Cross in the Knights of the Holy Sepulchre, and he was appointed by Pope St. John Paul II to serve as a consultor to the Pontifical Council for the Family. Additionally, he is the author of Heart of the Redeemer and Swords Around the Cross: The Nine Years War. He has filmed many programs for the Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN), including “Glory of the Papacy” and “Rome’s Hidden Churches: A Lenten Pilgrimage.” Dr. O’Donnell and his wife, Cathy, live in Stephens City, Virginia, and have nine children and 15 grandchildren.




When you join Christendom’s Principles Society, you join a community of Catholics who give monthly to support the development of free online Principles classes to educate Catholics around the world, while also helping Christendom College educate young Catholics in the Truth—free from federal funding.

As a Principles Patron monthly giver, your membership includes:

  • The opportunity to give our youth a life-changing Catholic education and help share Principles with countless others.
  • Exclusive unlimited access to upper-level Principles classes taught by Christendom College's faithful Catholic professors.
  • Early access to all new Principles classes with Christendom faculty.
  • Being a part of the Christendom family's prayerful community.
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