Another exciting class and exciting new teacher next year!
Benny Phillips earned his Bachelor of Arts in History from George Mason University in 1977. He has pastored several churches in the Washington D.C. and Orlando areas, and is currently the senior pastor at Redeemer Church at Lake Nona. He has been an active member of the homeschooling community for over 30 years, and homeschooled all 7 of his children. He served as the principal of The Regent Academy from 2004-2011
WORLD AND CHURCH HISTORY
(Rome to Renaissance)
World and Church History begins with a brief review of the people of God in the Old Testament and the development of the new “Israel of God” in the New Testament. As the new church experienced the Roman Empire and the Roman persecution students will see persecuted Christians emerge from hiding to spread their faith all over the Roman Empire, from the Middle East, Italy and North Africa to faraway Gaul, Britain and Hispania. Then, in the 600s, students will watch the brand-new Islamic faith arise in a flash to drive Christianity out of the Middle East, North Africa and Hispania– even as Christianity continues to spread into Germany, Eastern Europe and beyond.
Next, students will look at the Vikings as they invade coastal territories all over Western Europe and gain a permanent foothold in northwest France, part of which the French will name “Normandy” after these “Northmen.” In 1066, Norman Vikings will leap across the English Channel to conquer England. We will study every monarch of England from that first French-speaking Norman king, William the Conqueror, through the thoroughly English Queen Elizabeth I. Along the way, students will learn of the progress and regress of the Christian faith. We will take a look at the conditions that gave rise to the reformation and its’ influence on the culture.
During the season of exploration explorers Columbus and his successors will discover a whole New World– two whole continents and countless islands that no living European knew existed. The Spanish conquistadors will overwhelm the natives of this New World, exploiting its resources to build the largest, mightiest empire the world has yet seen.