Christian Evidences – PHIL 240

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 04/12/2022

Course Description

A survey of the evidences for the central truths of Christianity; the existence of God, the deity and resurrection of Christ and the authority and truth of the Bible.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.

Rationale

The Christian worldview has been under intellectual attack since its beginning. However, in recent years the attacks have been more subtle and dangerous, coming particularly from such areas as scientific naturalism and post-modernist thinking. This course is designed to offer a defense for the truth claims of Christianity against such attacks by advancing evidence both against its attackers and in favor of the Christian worldview.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

    1. Contrast and compare a variety of apologetic methods and approaches.
    2. Understand and use a number of different arguments for the existence of God.
    3. Recite a narrative of the historical Jesus movement.
    4. Explain the diversity of contemporary critical views of Jesus.
    5. Demonstrate the historical reliability of the New Testament.
    6. Examine and critically assess the claims and evidences for the deity of Christ, including His resurrection.

Foundational Skill Learning Outcomes (FSLOs): Critical Thinking (CT):

    1. Determine the validity and logical consistency of claims and/or positions, using reading comprehension strategies when relevant.
    2.  Structure an argument or position using credible evidence and valid reasoning.
    3.  Compare and contrast the biblical worldview with a non-biblical worldview, evaluating the influence of assumptions and contexts on ethics and values.
    4. Plan evidence-based courses of action to resolve problems.
    5. Relate critical thinking and ethics to participation in God’s redemptive work.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.

Discussions (3)

The student will participate in 3 Discussions in this course. Each thread must be 250–300 words. The student must then reply to 4 other classmates’ replies consisting of 100–150 words each (MLO: A, B; FSLO: CT 1, 2, 3, and 5).

Christian Evidences Assignment

The student will complete 2 essay sets, each set consisting of 3 distinct essay prompts designed to stimulate the student’s thinking and assess the knowledge gleaned from the textbook readings. Each essay response must be 2–3 pages, totaling 6–9 pages per essay set (MLO: C, D, E, F; FSLO: CT 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5).

Quizzes (8)

The student will take quizzes consisting of 25 true/false and multiple-choice questions from the textbook readings and presentations. Quizzes are 30 minutes and open-book/open-notes (MLO: A, B, C, D, E, and F; FSLO: CT 1 and 3).