Exploring Approaches to Apologetics


DETAILS

Number of Lessons: 24
Avg. Lesson Length: 43 minutes
Time Required: 34 hours minimum
Level: Advanced

 

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DESCRIPTION | Legacy Lecture Library

"Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have” (I Peter 3:15). Peter's words ring true in today's world. In this course, learners compare biblical, historical, and recent approaches to defending faith in God, Christ, and Scripture. The course emphasizes the apologetics of Peter among Jews in Jerusalem (Acts 2), and Paul among the Gentiles in Athens (Acts 17). It compares the influential approaches of Augustine and Aquinas, but focuses on the approaches of six apologists who led in the resurgence of evangelicalism during the last half of the 20th century.

Course Syllabus


PROFESSOR

Professor

Gordon Lewis, PhD (Deceased 2016)

  • Syracuse University, MA and PhD
  • Faith Theological Seminary, MTh
  • Gordon College, BA

OBJECTIVES

  1. Explain the nature of apologetics and the need for implementing a ministry based on sound reasoning.

  2. Sum up relevant biblical teaching and examples of the use of apologetics, comparing and contrasting Peter’s approach to Jews and Paul’s approach to Gentiles (Jerusalem and Athens).

  3. Compare and contrast the approaches to defending the faith in Augustine and Aquinas.

  4. Describe the roots and characteristics of non-Christian belief systems and three basic worldviews that challenged twentieth century apologists.

  5. Compare and contrast six distinct ways of reasoning in support of evangelical Christian faith with some objectivity and fairness.

  6. Develop a coherent approach synthesizing the strengths of the six as the base for verifying religious beliefs and living a life faithful to them.

  7. Mature in the art of communicating the faith to varieties of people from radically different worldviews and their cultural expressions.