Sonlight 200

History of the Christian Church

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Discover 2,000 years of your Christian heritage

  • Uncover the story of the ages: how Jesus of Nazareth changed the world forever.
  • Guide your high schooler with confidence: daily plans and complete materials ensure you cover what's important.
  • Gain a balanced view of Christianity's story through Scripture, history and biographies. Expand your horizons with literary classics.
  • Watch your teens gain confidence in their faith, develop as writers and grow academically.
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Overview of the History

Sonlight's 200 History of the Christian Church seeks to give young people an understanding of their extended family of believers and their heritage as citizens of God's kingdom. It teaches both traditional "Church History," as well as the expansion of the Gospel from the early days in the Roman Empire until now. It seeks to answer questions such as: What has God done through history? How is he moving today? How are we part of the global Body of Christ, and how is the Body bigger than our local churches and denominations?

Church History can offer a more accurate perspective on Christianity – both the good and the bad. We don't have to pretend Christians have only helped the world. Nor do we have to think that the violent Crusades are a valid representation of most of Church History. We can celebrate the hope, compassion, freedom, and progress Christianity has brought society, while understanding the uncomfortable realities of our history.

The foundational text of this program, The Story of Christianity, is coauthored by a Catholic and a Protestant – providing as balanced a point of view as possible. (I personally come from a Protestant perspective, but recognize that the Protestant movement is only part of the whole, and arrived on the scene after 1,500 years of Church History. I understand that Christians in the Western and Eastern Hemispheres have important places in the Christian story.)

To expand on that book, the schedule interweaves The 100 Most Important Events in Christian History, offering additional insight into key moments in Christian history.

Ruth Tucker tells the history of Christian missions in From Jerusalem to Irian Jaya. Engaging biographical sketches introduce you to people God has used through the ages.

As The Story of Christianity says, "For Christians and non-Christians alike, the story of Christianity is a major part of the world's history. The Christian faith has affected every sphere of life, from morality to politics, from art to literature, from science to philosophy."

My hope and expectation is that students who complete Sonlight 200 will know God better, love Jesus more dearly, understand the world around them more fully, and follow God's call on their lives more completely.

Estimated daily time for History of the Christian Church: Student: 45min.

Our high school programs are separated by subject to allow customers maximum flexibility. Feel free to buy either the History or the Literature, or both, or to mix-and-match with the History and Literature of other Sonlight programs.

Overview of the Literature

The underlying framework of 200 Literature is not obvious at first glance, but it has both a chronological progression and a general emphasis on great works by British authors, plus some of my favorites, too.

It is a stand-alone product and, though it moves in the same progression as 200 History, they are not scheduled to match.

As always, I seek to provide a mix of challenging and easier works, by males and females, in a range of genres.

The range of genres, in this case, is especially rich: historical fiction, legend, short story, lyric poetry, detective stories, ghost story, Gothic horror, science fiction, fantasy, memoir, Gothic romance, adventure, novel, allegory, survival tale, tragedy, epistolary, myth, and comedy.

Looking first at the chronological progression, C.S. Lewis's powerful book Till We Have Faces is a retelling of a Greek myth, with a setting something like ancient Greece.

Then, moving forward in time, students read Pontius Pilate, which introduces current archaeological scholarship to the few details about Pilate given in the Gospels.

Rosemary Sutcliff's historical novel The Shining Company, set in A.D. 500, is based on a battle attempted and lost, a book shimmery in its beauty. (How many beautiful books about the Dark Ages can you think of? A rarity, for sure.)

Next comes, my absolute favorite of all Robin Hood tales, that hero from the time of Richard the Lionheart, who lived in the 12th Century.

One hundred years later, comes The Ramsay Scallop, set in 1299, in which a young man, back from the Crusades, goes on Pilgrimage with his betrothed.

Continuing on, find a tale set in Eyam in 1665, a village in England that, when the Plague arrived, determined to close themselves off from the rest of the world to prevent further outbreak.

And, finally Robinson Crusoe, which Daniel Defoe published in 1719, is credited as beginning the genre of realistic fiction.

In addition to progressing chronologically, this program has an emphasis on classic British Literature, with a few of my favorites thrown in.

Because Shakespeare is important, students get to read my favorite comedy (Twelfth Night) and his most famous tragedy (Romeo and Juliet). Students get to read two books by the incomparable Dickens: Oliver Twist ("Please, sir, I want some more") and his Christmas Carol, a necessary part of cultural literacy. Also, one of the world's most famous allegories, Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress.

There are books that might be considered "boy" books: Treasure Island, and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

There are books that might be considered "girl" books: The Annotated Pride and Prejudice, and Jane Eyre.

But that's just silly. These are all just great books. Boys should enjoy them all. Girls should enjoy them all.

I mentioned that 200 Lit includes a few of my favorites. While these wouldn't qualify for the canon (the books widely recognized as being the most important to a particular time), they are worth reading. From the engrossing fantasy The Gammage Cup, to the powerful memoir Going Solo, these shorter, easier works offer some reprieve, while still offering thought-provoking insight and beautiful writing.

It's a great year.

This program is an interesting one to me. When I think of my all-time favorite Sonlight books, few of these come to mind immediately. But when I actually consider these books, it's like they're all sleeper hits. Great reads, all. It's hard to pick favorites because the books are uniformly really solid. When I return to 200, I feel like I'm meeting old friends. When people ask which ones they could cut to make it more manageable, I'm not much help. It's simply a fabulous collection.

Fully integrated with the Literature, this year's Language Arts builds on past years and continues to develop literary analysis, creative writing, research, and essay skills, with weekly writing assignments in a range of lengths and topics.

Estimated daily time for Classic Literature: Student: 45min.

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Instructor's Guides

History 220 Parent Guide (220-PG)

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History 220 Student Guide (220-SG)

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Literature 230 Parent Guide (230-PG)

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Literature 230 Student Guide (230-SG)

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Bible

The Jesus I Never Knew (210-15)

1996 ECPA Gold Medallion Winner. In his uniquely elegant and thought-provoking manner, Yancey seeks to cast aside all Christian clichés to rediscover who Jesus really was and why He came.

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More Than A Carpenter (210-20)

An 8-million copy best-selling book of evidences concerning Jesus' deity, His resurrection, and His legitimate claim on a person's life. Written for a popular (non-Christian) audience, this book is a wonderful resource for Christians.

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The Westminster Shorter Catechism (210-25)

This illustrated manual offers clear exposition of each of the 107 questions and answers in this historic evangelical teaching tool.

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What if Jesus Had Never Been Born? (210-30)

Wonderfully written, fascinating look at the positive impact of the Gospel down through the ages and into our world today. A necessary antidote to the negative views common in today's society.

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History & Geography

The Church of the East (220-10)

The inspiring, tragic, almost universally untold story of the church begun by the "Parthians, Medes, Elamites, [and] residents of Mesopotamia" who were in Jerusalem on the day of Pentecost (Acts 2:9); a church whose missionary enterprise swept across Asia, reaching India, China, and possibly even Japan by the mid-700s.

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From Jerusalem to Irian Jaya (220-15)

A biographical overview of the Western (Roman/Protestant) church's worldwide missions movement from the Biblical period till today. Emphasis on Protestant missions in the last 200 years.

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The 100 Most Important Events In Christian History (220-20)

Two thousand years of church history organized chronologically by events and movements, with special emphasis on people. Written in a readable, journalistic style. Includes pictures of major figures in church history.

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The Story of Christianity (220-25)

A global view of Christianity from Old Testament roots to the present day.

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Readers / Literature

Pontius Pilate (230-01)

The startling yet untold historical fiction tale of the ambitious Roman politician whose fateful verdict forever changes the course of history--but whose conscience can never rest with the consequences.

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Outlaws of Sherwood (230-02)

Robin is an apprentice forester unjustly cast out of society. But this creates opportunity for a few stubborn Saxons to gather in secret under Robin's leadership and strike back against the arrogance and brutality of the Norman overlords.

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The Wounds of God (230-04)

The second book in the series following the lives of the brothers of St. Alcuin, a medieval monastery. This series explores the love of God for man, as well as the love between brothers in Christ. See how monastic life reflects the human struggle of every person who desires to love God and walk in grace.

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The Hawk and the Dove (230-05)

The first book in the series set in a medieval monastery and following the lives of the brothers of St. Alcuin. A love story about God and man, as well as the love between brothers in Christ, the tale of monastic life reflects the human struggle of every person who desires to love God and receive grace.

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A Child's Anthology of Poetry (230-11)

Don't underestimate your children's ear for poetry. Well over two hundred great works in one rich volume—from Blake, Dickinson, and Wordsworth to Keats, Frost, and the exquisitely translated haiku of Kobayashi Issa.

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The Best of Father Brown (230-14)

A quiet, unassuming priest solves mysteries based on his knowledge of human character. Delightful collection of the best of Father Brown.

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A Christmas Carol (230-22)

The classic story of Ebenezer Scrooge's transformation from a miserable man who hates to one who shares in Tiny Tim's joyful exclamation, "God bless us every one." A story Dickens himself read every Christmas Eve.

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Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde - and Other Tales (230-24)

Good Dr. Jekyll is transformed into evil Mr. Hyde by means of an addictive drug. He finds himself more and more inextricably drawn into evil. A parable for our times.

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Enchantress from the Stars (230-25)

On a mission to a medieval planet, Elana becomes the key to a daring plan to thwart an invasion. An intelligent, thoughtful work that will stimulate as it entertains. Moving.

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The Gammage Cup (230-28)

A few citizens of an imaginary village dare to question some long-held but false beliefs in the community...and are ostracized as a result. Thought-provoking but easy to read.

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Going Solo (230-30)

One of the 20th century's best-loved authors tells his personal story of "going solo" — striking out on his own in his first job (in East Africa!), flying combat for the RAF in WWII . . .and returning home to Mother.

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Jane Eyre (230-38)

The classic story of a plain, yet spirited governess, her arrogant employer, and how their relationship developed over class barriers. The archetype for all Gothic romances.

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Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH (230-44)

Mrs. Frisby, a widowed mouse, must move her family or face death. Unfortunately, her son Timothy is ill and can't be moved. She seeks help from the brilliant rats of NIMH. The solution in the "Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH" book is worth the read.

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Oliver Twist (230-48)

The story of a good-hearted orphan who runs away to London only to be captured by thieves.

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A Parcel of Patterns (230-50)

The Plague comes to town via a parcel very innocently bought. I love how this author writes.

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Pictures of Hollis Woods (230-51)

Hollis Woods, an artistic foster child, dreams of having a family. And she nearly gets her wish thanks to the Regans who take her in for a summer.

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Pilgrim's Progress in Today's English (230-52)

The classic allegory about Christian who leaves his home in the City of Destruction to travel to the Celestial City.

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The Annotated Pride and Prejudice (230-54)

"It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife." Thus opens this most popular of Austen's books, all of which revolve, more or less, around marriage and money. Gentle satire.

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The Ramsay Scallop (230-56)

Fourteen year-old Elenor reluctantly awaits the return of her betrothed from the Crusade.

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Robinson Crusoe (230-58)

The classic story of a shipwrecked mariner that has stood the test of time. First published in 1719, Robinson's story of survival has entertained many.

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Romeo and Juliet (230-59)

A timeless tale of star-crossed lovers from feuding families. This beautiful, poetic play is Shakeshpeare's most famous - and for good reason. Romantic, yet ultimately tragic. A classic with enduring qualities. Pb.

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The Screwtape Letters (230-60)

Screwtape, a demon from the devil's own horde, has written these letters to his nephew, Wormwood, giving him tips on how to trip up the church. An eye-opening book.

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The Shining Company (230-62)

A tragedy set in the context of seventh century Britain. 300 Companions seek to protect their land from invading Saxons. Told by a master storyteller.

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Till We Have Faces (230-66)

A masterful retelling of the Cupid and Psyche myth presented with a Christian twist as only C.S. Lewis could do it.

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Treasure Island (230-68)

High seas adventure has a group of treasure seekers following a treasure map to a distant island. Full of piracy and treachery, this book is as enjoyable to read today as when it was first published in 1883.

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Twelfth Night (230-72)

My favorite Shakespearean comedy. A love story of mistaken identities complete with Shakespeare's wonderful use of language.

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What Hearts (230-73)

Follows Asa from the last day of first grade through 7th, as he survives cruel tests of his intellect, integrity, and sense of decency. A touching, perceptive portrait of a remarkable child. Poignant.

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The Wise Woman and Other Stories (230-74)

Four wonderful tales written by the man whom C.S. Lewis considered one of the world's best Christian authors.

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Binders + Tabs for High School Packages (RRBB)

You need one set of 2 Binders for each high school year (100 - 500). Whether you get a complete upper-level program or mix-and-match your History/Bible and Literature/Language Arts, you will need one binder for you and one for your student.

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The Timeline Book (RR120)

A blank timeline from 5,000 B.C. to the Present!

Pre-printed timeline in a spiral-bound book—for use throughout your homeschooling adventure. Required Resource for Sonlight A-300.

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Instructor's Guides

History 220 Student Guide (220-SG)

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Literature 230 Student Guide (230-SG)

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Language Arts

Language Arts for Sonlight 200 Optional Workbooks Set (240-00)

From level 100 and up, Sonlight incorporates Language Arts instruction and assignments in your studies. If your child needs additional vocabulary instruction, Sonlight recommends these optional workbooks.

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Analogies 2 (240-10)

Consumable. Optional resource scheduled in Sonlight 200. Analogies are at the root of good communication, the heart of beautiful prose.

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Wordly Wise 3000 Book 9 & Teacher's Key (240-35)

Add this for additional 9th Grade vocabulary practice.

Exercises ensure students are able to comprehend what they read when they run across the words in context, give students confidence that they can use the words in writing, and teach students the words' various meanings. Includes Wordly Wise 3000 Book 9 consumable workbook and non-consumable answer key.

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