Introduction to Apologetics – APOL 220

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

This course equips students with a foundational understanding of, and skills within, the field of apologetics. Students will explore the major apologetic issues that arise today and will learn both the critical thinking skills and theological principles in order to respond persuasively.

Prerequisites

None

Rationale

Apologetics is an important area of study for all believers, especially for those who are training for vocational ministry. This course teaches the foundational theological and practical skills to engage with the questions, doubts, and skepticism of unbelievers and believers in the late modern culture.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Analyze arguments for and against historic Christianity.
  2. Recognize strengths and weaknesses in different approaches to defending Christianity.
  3. Identify various types of fallacies.
  4. Learn rhetorical strategies in order to develop persuasive arguments for the Christian faith.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (2)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to create a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be at least 300 words, demonstrate course-related knowledge, and show integration of biblical principles. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 1 other classmate’s thread. Each reply must be at least 250 words. (MLO: A, C, D)

Essays (3)

The student will write 3 papers of varying word count requirements in current Turabian format. Each paper must include at least 3 references in addition to Apologetics at the Cross and the Bible. These must be credible academic articles or books. No unscholarly websites or blogs will be accepted as sources. (MLO: A, B, D)

Quizzes (8)

Each quiz will cover the Reading & Study material for the module/week in which it is assigned. Each quiz will be open-book/open-notes, contain 15 multiple-choice or true/false questions, and have a 30-minute time limit. (MLO: A, B, D)