C.S. Lewis and the Apologetic Imagination – APOL 330

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

Course Description

This course examines the apologetic writings of C. S. Lewis. Particular focus is given to understanding Lewis within his context as well as drawing from various aspects of his apologetic approach for the current cultural moment.

Prerequisite

APOL 220

Rationale

At the Provost’s request, we are providing an A.A. in Apologetics to complement the new Apologetics cognate in the B.S. in Religion and the new Apologetics minor. This course helps to satisfy these efforts.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Recognize the presuppositions which undergird Lewis’ apologetic.
  2. Explain C.S. Lewis’ moral argument for God’s existence.
  3. Describe how C.S. Lewis’ approach was fitting for his historical and cultural context.
  4. Apply C.S. Lewis’ apologetic system/arguments to today’s context.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and video 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

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be at least 500 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be at least 150 words. (MLOs: A, B, C, D)

Essays (4)

Essay 1

The student will write a 1000-word letter written in a way that is in keeping with the style and agenda of uncle Screwtape in Screwtape Letters. (MLOs: A, D)

Essays 2–3

The student will write two 1000-word essays that completely satisfy the prompts given for the respective modules/weeks. Each essay should use current Turabian format. For Essay 2, the student will cite support from a minimum of 2 scholarly sources. (MLOs: A, B, C, D)

Essay 4

The student will write a 500-word essay that completely satisfies the prompt given in Module/Week 8. The essay must use current Turabian format, and cite support from scholarly sources. (MLOs: A, C, D)

Quizzes (7)

Quizzes 1–4

Each quiz will cover the Reading & Study material for the assigned module(s)/week(s). Each quiz will be open-book/open-notes, contain 25 multiple-choice and true/false questions, and have a 50–minute time limit. (MLOs: A)

Quizzes 5–7

Each quiz will cover the Reading & Study material for the assigned module(s)/week(s). Each quiz will be open-book/open-notes, contain 2 essay questions, and have a 50–minute time limit. (MLOs: A, C, D)