Exploring Approaches to Apologetics

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Level: AdvancedNumber of Lessons: 24Avg. Length: 43 Min.Time Required: 24 Hours MinimumCourse Code: CA513
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“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.

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This course is part of a collection of courses taught by world-class evangelical professors from across the globe on a variety of topics. The lessons are presented on an intermediate to college or seminary level and provide a wealth of information for those who want to dig deeper into their faith. Select courses in the collection are from the Institute of Theological Studies (ITS), which was acquired by Our Daily Bread University.

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  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.
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Gordon Lewis, PhD (1926 – 2016)
  • Syracuse University, MA and PhD
  • Faith Theological Seminary, MTh
  • Gordon College, BA
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