Fostering academic excellence and biblical virtue to equip students for lives as local and global Christian servants.


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Bible and Worldview

In our day, secular thought is portrayed as intelligent and having absolute, scientific truth, while faith is equated to irrational, unthinking trust. The reality is that both portrayals are seriously flawed. How do we stand up for the faith in a culture that considers faith irrational? Apologetics is not about apologizing for anything — it is about a rational response to genuine criticisms and questions about the faith. The Apostle Peter implores to “always be ready to give a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you… with gentleness and respect” (1 Peter 3:15-16). This study is intended to develop a basis for a rational, respectful answer to the challenges to Christian faith. It will review classical apologetics beginning with the topics of logic and rationality, as well as the history, strengths and limitations of such approaches. It will also examine presuppositional apologetics and address the necessary worldview foundations for an effective defense of the faith. In addition, this course will delve into creative apologetics like the work of C.S. Lewis. Topics addressed will be the question of faith, knowing God, the problem of sin, the problem of miracles, historical knowledge, the reliability of scripture, the person of Christ, and the Resurrection. A variety of media forms will be employed to illustrate the truths and topics that lead students to be confident in dealing with difficult questions as well as everyday spiritual conversations. The goal is to be clear on what we believe and why we believe.

Notes and Requirements
Grade Levels*:
10, 11, 12
(* Determined by Date of Birth and declared Grad Year. Enrollment outside these grade levels requires written concurrence from TPS Support.)

Transcript Planning: On an accredited transcript this course lists for credit as Bible/Worldview.

Reviews from Students and Parents

“This course allowed me to have a better understanding of my faith. Many questions I had about Christianity were answered, allowing me to be able to defend my faith better. 1 Peter 3:15 says ‘…always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have’. This course has prepared me to do just that.”

Jennifer O

“This was one of my favorite TPS classes ever. In Apologetics you will learn defenses for the Christian faith, as well as introductions into what people of other faiths believe. My favorite part of this course was how much civility and respect was given to everyone; the teacher has a passion for the lost and it’s contagious! I’ve definitely grown more confident in my faith and am more excited to share it with others!”

Genevieve K

“My relationship with God has grown so much through this course. I learned practical ways to defend my faith, and I also learned more about the character of God and how to improve my relationship with him. During this course I became prepared to share my faith with others even while my own faith was still growing. I would definitely recommend this course for anybody who wants to share their faith with the world.”

Abigail H

“Previously, I had some misconceptions and doubts in my faith, but this course has taught me not to be afraid of it. Instead I should face them and uncover why I have such doubts by looking through the Bible or even talking to my parents. It has given me new strength especially throughout this rather troubling year with all the darkness in the world. Basically, apologetics has taught me not only how to defend my faith, but that I am and always will be a child of God.”

Phoebe L (Student)