Miracles – APOL 610

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

Course Description

Presents a detailed study of contemporary denials of miracles, emphasizing the resurrection of Jesus and the part it plays in Christian apologetics and theology.

Prerequisites

None

Rationale

The resurrection of Jesus Christ is at the very center of the Christian faith. In the New Testament it is integrated with many Christian doctrines, as well as with many areas of Christian practice. A detailed study of this event, including objections to it, is warranted.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Evaluate the major features in the analytic philosophical debate on the nature of miracles.
  2. Critique attempts to explain the resurrection naturally.
  3. Defend major components of the “minimal facts” historical argument for Jesus’ resurrection.
  4. Integrate the resurrection of Jesus with either a major theological doctrine or with a key area of Christian practice, developing an important aspect of the Christian world view.

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 (5)

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 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 250 words. (Outcomes: A, C, D)

Research Paper Proposal

The student will write a proposal that includes the title page, thesis statement, outline, and working bibliography of at least 5 sources. (Outcomes: B, C)

Reading Summary

The student must read 250 pages from The Resurrection of Jesus: A New Historiogrphical Approach. The student will write a 5–7-page critical summary paper of the reading in current Turabian format that focuses on summarizing and evaluating the argumentation of the author. The paper must focus on interacting with the key points of the reading selected and critically evaluating the positive and negative aspects of the work. (Outcomes: A, D)

Research Paper

The student will write a 10–12-page research-based paper in current Turabian format that critiques a specific critical approach to the resurrection (such as a single a priori challenge to miracles in general, or a single a posteriori critique of the resurrection), or develops a positive case for an aspect of the resurrection. Each paper must include a minimum of 10 scholarly sources. (Outcomes: B, C)