Introduction to Apologetics – APOL 220

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 01/21/2022

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.

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

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 the Course Overview.

Discussions (3)

Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to create a thread in response to the provided prompt. Each thread must be a minimum of 300 words, demonstrate course-related knowledge, and show integration of biblical principles. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to a minimum of one other classmate’s thread, although more replies are encouraged. Each reply must be a minimum of 150 words. (MLOs: A, C, D)

Apologetic Background Assignment

The student will write one personal essay about their own apologetic background, in current Turabian format, including at least three scholarly references in addition to Apologetics at the Cross and the Bible. (MLOs: B, D)

Paper Assignments (2)

The student will write two papers addressing contemporary apologetic challenges, in current Turabian format. Each paper must include at least three scholarly 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. (MLOs: A, B, D)

Quizzes (8)

Each quiz will cover the Learn material for the Module: Week in which it is assigned. Each quiz will be open-book/open-notes, contain 25 multiple-choice or true/false questions, and have a 60-minute time limit. (MLOs: A, B, D)