I Corinthians 10:1-13 gives us the primary reason for the necessity of the study of history, admonition. The stories of the Old Testament are recorded so that New Testament believers will have examples to follow and others to avoid. In the modern era we have a vast wealth of recorded history to draw from as we seek to navigate the uncertain waters of the future. We seek to trace God’s providence and His redemptive plan throughout our study of history as well as follow the classical model of grammar, logic, and rhetoric. In that light we approach the study of history in a linear fashion as we believe human history has a definite starting point, Creation, and is heading to a definite and ultimate end point determined by the sovereign Creator.


The rhetoric years are marked by the idea of moral philosophy as students are required to exercise application and discernment to what they know and understand. Sticking with the chronological thread of ancient to modern, students tackle major themes and movements through history in an attempt to gain wisdom which can be applied to the modern age. This course of study should enable students to encounter unfamiliar topics with confidence allowing them to break it down to its essential components, discern root causes, and project results and outcomes based on previous historical examples. Overall the students will review these movements in the light of a Biblical worldview which will allow them to view history according to the truth of the Gospel, helping them to fulfill what God has called them to be.