Lincoln Christian Church - 204 N. McLean St. - Lincoln, Illinois
217-732-7618
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While this class is free, it may be taken as a one-semester-hour credit class through Lincoln Christian University for only $50.

ID102 Introduction to Apologetics

To PRE-REGISTER, click HERE. (It's important to preregister so we can make adequate space arrangements and prepare enough class handouts.)

Here are the expectations and requirements for taking the class for college credit.

As a credit class, this course will require a work load that is appropriate for a one-semester-hour college course. Theoretically, a traditional one-semester-hour class would have about 15 hours of class time, required readings, some written assignments, and perhaps an exam or two. This class will only have about 6.25 hours of class time, so other assignments will have to offset this lower number. (There will be no exams.) The class requirements are designed with these considerations in mind.

Here's a list of preliminary things to know or do:

  • First, read through the requirements to make sure you want to do this for credit.
  • Fill out an Extension Enrollment Form. You may print this out and bring it to the first night of class. (You probably need to use Adobe Acrobat Reader to do this electronically.)
  • Bring a check made out to "Lincoln Christian University" for $50. Put "ID102 extension class" in the memo line.
  • There will be TWO required books for the class (shown below). The written assignments will require note-taking and interaction with these sources. The texts must be purchased from a store or an online source like Amazon. Both of these books are available as a Kindle book, which would be the fastest and cheapest way to get them. Kindle books can be read on a computer or a device like a Kindle reader, an iPhone, or an iPad.

CLASS TEXTBOOKS:

Doug Powell, Holman QuickSource Guide to Christian Apologetics. Holman Reference, 2006. (Available in a Kindle edition.)

Alister McGrath, Mere Apologetics: How to Help Seekers and Skeptics Find Faith. Baker Books, 2012. (Available in a Kindle edition.)

CLASS REQUIREMENTS:

  • Attend all five of the class sessions. [10% of grade]
  • Take notes (to be submitted for a grade) from the class presentations. (These notes should be written on different pages than the class handouts.) [15% of grade]
  • Read both required textbooks.
  • Re: Powell's Christian Apologetics. [50% of grade]
    • For EACH chapter (see Table of Contents), list and explain THREE specific things that you learned or thought were especially valuable. Each item should be presented in a brief paragraph. (This material might consist of important ideas that could be shared with a non-Christian and/or it might include ideas or insights that are especially encouraging to your own Christian faith or your own questions about it.)
  • Re: McGrath's Mere Apologetics. [25% of grade] Write a one-page (double-spaced) response to each of the following items:
    • Re: chapter 4 "The Importance of the Audience." Identity and explain one or two connections between the material in this chapter and the actual or likely audiences that you have (or will have). In other words, what did you learn that could be applied to your own situation as a Christian apologist?
    • Re: chapter 6 "Pointers to Faith." Of the eight "clues" discussed in this chapter, discuss the TWO that you believe were most helpful or powerful considerations for you. Be sure to clearly explain WHY these are regarded as so useful.
    • Re: chapter 7 "Gateways for Apologetics." Summarize the four "gateways" that are discussed in this chapter and how they relate to one another.

CLASS OVERVIEW

Apr 10 - May 8, 2013

April 10: "Christian or Not? What's It All About?"
  • “Apologetics”: What? Why? When? Where? How? For whom?
  • Is apologetics in the Bible?
  • Ways of life: what are my options?
  • What’s at stake?
April 17:  "Questions about God"
  • What about God?
  • Cosmology: Why does anything exist?
  • Teleology:  Why do things seem "just right" for human existence?
  • Biology:  How did life begin?
  • Anthropology:  Who are we?
  • Morality: Is anything really right or wrong?  Why?
April 24:  "Questions about Miracles and Jesus"
  • What is a "miracle"?
  • Did all those Bible miracles really occur?
  • Hasn't science disproven miracles?
  • Who did Jesus think he was?
  • What proves the resurrection of Jesus?
  • What does the resurrection of Jesus prove?
May 1:  "Questions about the Bible"
  • What's so special about the Bible?
  • Why should I believe that the Bible is historical and reliable?
  • Didn’t the New Testament just “make up” Jesus?
  • What, if anything, can we learn from history and archaeology?
May 8:  "Common Questions and Criticisms”
  • What about all the evil?
  • Doesn't science conflict with Christianity?
  • What about evolution?
  • How can we say that any worldview is "better" than another?
  • Is Christianity worth it?

 

TEACHER: Dr. Rich Knopp is Professor of Philosophy & Christian Apologetics at Lincoln Christian University - Lincoln, Illinois. For more biographical info, click here.

 

 

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