Core 200 History, Bible, Language Arts, Literature

History of the Christian Church (Core 200)
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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.
  • Purchase this package and you'll get free shipping (lower 48), Forum access, a one-year guarantee and other Club benefits.

Celebrate your heritage

Your children know their heritage as citizens of their country. Core 200 opens their eyes to their astounding heritage as citizens of the Kingdom of Heaven: What has God done throughout history? How is He moving today? How are we part of a global body of Christ bigger than our local churches and denominations?

My husband John and I created this Core for 15- to 18-year-olds and advanced 14-year-olds.

Why study Church History?

The Book of Hebrews reminds us "we are surrounded by ... a great cloud of witnesses." Today, our fellow witnesses include Christians around the globe and throughout history. We are all part of the same body of Christ. We will all walk together in heaven one day. Let's get to know our brothers and sisters!

I know not everyone gets as excited as I do about feeling connected to the global Church. So consider these other benefits of studying the history of Christ and His Church:

  • We get to look at World and American History from a fresh perspective.
  • Church history can give us a more accurate perspective on Christianity--both the good and the bad. We don't have to pretend Christians have only helped the world. But we don't have to accept the popular notion 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.
  • Parents love learning the intriguing history in this Core. Many Sonlight moms say they never knew much Church history before and were surprised at how thoroughly they enjoyed it!
  • Core 200 helps you maintain open communication with your teenagers as you discuss key faith issues. The books and Instructor's Guide offer plenty of help in this. As one mom said, "I am grateful for the chance to discuss foundational issues while my children are still building their own foundations for their lives."

Finally, 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. (p. 7)

Twenty centuries have passed since Jesus walked in Galilee. What a privilege to explore how His incarnation changed history.

A perspective of faith and hope

Core 200 explores Church History through the eyes of people who love Jesus and believe He is God. We look realistically at difficult times in history. We consider difficult questions that have caused divisions among Christians. But we always do so from the assumption that Christ is our loving Savior and God incarnate.

We also approach this study from the perspective that Christians in the Western and Eastern Hemispheres have important places in the Christian story.

Enter into this study expecting to face some questions you've never considered, and to be assured of Jesus' power and love throughout the centuries. The motivation behind Core 200 is that we all would know God better, love Jesus more dearly, understand the world around us more fully, and follow God's call on our lives more completely.

What you'll study

Core 200 starts with the Old Testament, moves quickly to the time of the early Church and continues up to the modern Church.

The foundational text, The Story of Christianity, provides a wonderfully balanced view. Authored by a Catholic Priest and a Protestant scholar, it's not too biased one way or the other. (Though we who own Sonlight come from a Protestant perspective, we know the Protestant movement is only part of the whole and came after 1,500 years of church history.)

A second text, The 100 Most Important Events in Christian History, gives a captivating chronology and description of key turning points in history.

You'll also encounter a biographical history of Christian missions with From Jerusalem to Irian Jaya. Meet people who totally altered how the gospel has spread — from the Apostle Paul to Columba to William Carey to Jim Elliot to Mother Teresa.

Core 200 provides options

A Sonlight high school Core typically combines two 36-week courses: History and Literature. Our recommended Cores work well for most families. You may use the complete Core 200 or customize your Core experience.

To customize, select any History/Bible 100-300 course (or, Government 400 AND Economics). Combine with any Literature/Language Arts 100-400 course to build the Core that meets your student's interests and academic goals.

All Core benefits apply to the Core that you create.

With History 200, you receive:

Instructor's Guide

We've formatted History 200 for independent study, if desired. Your History and Bible Parent Guide and separate History and Bible Student Guide weave materials together cohesively to direct your students with confidence each day.

The Parent Guide mirrors the Student Guide, but also includes answers and extra notes. So you can discuss their reading, check their progress, and bolster their academic and spiritual learning.

Click here to request the first three weeks of these guides for free.

History and Biographies

As you watch the Church grow, you get to:

  • Discover the fascinating and largely untold story of the first "missionaries" to East Asia. Find evidence for Christianity in Japan as early as the 700s.
  • Wrestle through some of the controversial issues that have divided the Western Church. Understand why the Church exists in its present diverse forms today.
  • Examine infrastructure developments, social trends and inventions that have aided the rapid spread of the gospel.

Bible and Doctrinal Studies

Equip your students to understand, deepen and defend their faith. Empower them to articulate the fundamental principles of Christianity. Give them a new appreciation for the beauty and cohesiveness of the Bible. And help them consider Jesus as a real person with real implications for their lives. The Core 200 Bible program does all of these.

With Literature 200, you receive:

Instructor's Guide

200 course is designed for students to enjoy independent study if you choose. You'll receive a Literature and Language Arts Parent Guide and a separate Literature and Language Arts Student Guide that will guide your students through each day.

The Parent Guide mirrors the Student Guide, but also includes answers and extra notes to help you keep tabs on their progress and jump in for meaningful discussion, too.

Want to see how it works? Request a free IG sample.

Classic Literature

Literature 200 features our most diverse collection of classics in any Core. We have assembled many of the world's most cherished classics into a unique program that your students will enjoy.

Highlights include Robinson Crusoe, Romeo and Juliet, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Jane Eyre, The Screwtape Letters, The Hawk and Dove Trilogy and more. The guided study and corresponding Language Arts program tie these works into a fantastic literature course that develops critical thinking, literary analysis and written communication skills.

Language Arts

Fully integrated with the literature program, Core 200 Language Arts unleashes your students' writing potential. With engaging assignments that draw from their reading, students learn and practice the basics of literary analysis, essays, research, creative writing and more.

Know your family

Join the ranks of Sonlighters who know now the story of their Christian family. May you enjoy the fresh conversations and discoveries in store for you. Thank you for being dedicated to your students' academic and spiritual growth!

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Instructor's Guides

History 220 Parent Guide (220-PG)

Get all the lesson plans and teaching helps you need to effectively teach History, Geography and Bible for the entire year.

History 220 Student Guide (220-SG)

Get the daily schedule and tools your student needs for History, Geography, and Bible for the entire year.

Literature 230 Parent Guide (230-PG)

Get all the lesson plans and teaching helps you need to effectively teach Literature and Language Arts for the entire year.

Literature 230 Student Guide (230-SG)

Get the daily schedule and tools your student needs for Literature and Language Arts for the entire year.


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

The Story of Christianity (220-25)

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


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.

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.

New! The Hawk and the Dove Trilogy (230-03)

Set in a medieval monastery and following the lives of the brothers of St. Alcuin, this trilogy contains The Hawk and the Dove, The Wounds of God, and The Long Fall. 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. Their solution is worth the read.

Oliver Twist (230-48)

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

A Parcel of Patterns (230-50)

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

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.

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.

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.

The Ramsay Scallop (230-56)

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Twelfth Night (230-72)

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

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.

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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Required Items


3" Binder with Tabs (B050)

Organize all your homeschool papers in one sturdy and convenient binder. With tabs that match your Sonlight® Core Instructor's Guides, you'll always know where to find each week's schedule, notes and study guides.

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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 Core programs A-300.

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Instructor's Guides

History 220 Student Guide (220-SG)

Get the daily schedule and tools your student needs for History, Geography, and Bible for the entire year.

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Literature 230 Student Guide (230-SG)

Get the daily schedule and tools your student needs for Literature and Language Arts for the entire year.

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Language Arts

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

From Core D and up Sonlight incorporates Language Arts instruction and assignments in the Core. If your child needs additional vocabulary instruction, Sonlight recommends these optional workbooks.

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Vocabulary from Classical Roots A (240-20)

This book teaches modern English words based on their Latin and Greek roots. By learning the roots, one learns much about the meanings of whole families of English words. Very helpful . . . for life and the SATs!

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Analogies 2 (240-10)

Consumable. Optional resource scheduled in Core 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)

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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Core 200 History, Bible, Language Arts, Literature
History of the Christian Church (Core 200)
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