Christian Apologetics is defending the faith. "Apologetics" comes from the Greek word "apologia" which was a reasoned response to an argument.
Christianity is a religion based on historical facts. Paul tells us in 1 Cor 15:17 “And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile.” Peter tells us to “…always be ready to give an answer to anyone who asks about the hope you possess.” (1 Peter 1:15)
This course will introduce students to Christian Apologetics or Christian Case Making. We will study the evidence for the accuracy and reliability of the Bible and students will learn how to engage with those who have other beliefs, or no belief, in an effective manner.
It is estimated that over half of Christian students who enter college will quit attending church or leave their faith entirely. How are they talked out of their belief in God so easily? They probably have never been exposed to the evidence for the Truth of the Bible. Students who take this course will learn that their faith is based on solid evidence. They will have practiced their Apologetics skills through discussion and role playing in class. They will know the foundations of their Fatih and be trained in how to engage with those of other faiths or atheists.
Upon successfully completing this course, the students have a basic foundation in the reasons and evidence for their beliefs and how to make the case for the Christian Faith.
We will discuss the existence of Truth and how to recognize it. Students will learn how to spot fallacies when discussing beliefs with atheists or those of other religions. Students will have the opportunity to role play with the instructor and each other as a way to get comfortable discussing the reasons for their beliefs. We examine the role of science and specifically Darwinian Evolution and its relation to our beliefs.
Guest speakers will be brought in to add additional perspectives to the discussion and bring special focus on topics of interest.
On completing the course, the student should have a good understanding of:
• The importance and nature of Apologetics in the Christian life
• How to talk comfortably and confidently with others about their beliefs in a winsome manner
• How to detect fallacies in other people’s arguments
• The knowledge that Christianity is objectively true and can be rationally defended
This class is not Charter Fund Approved. Students receive a binder for notes. Books used include: "Cold Case Christianity" by J. Warner Wallace, "Tactics" by Greg Koukl, "More Than a Carpenter" by Josh McDowell, and "The Apologetics Bible, Student Edition" edited by Sean McDowell among others. All of these books and more are provided as part of the Materials Fee.