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 consider 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.
Note: On an accredited transcript this course lists for credit as Bible/Worldview.