This course is designed to investigate Christian evidences beyond the historical evidences of Christ and the early church. The course will include an overview of the nature of Christian apologetics, Archeology and the Bible, the evidences of intelligent design and the Creator in creation from the sciences, and the use of Christian evidences in postmodern generations. This course is certainly not a complete review or compilation of all evidences within these areas, but is designed to open some doors of investigation by presenting some evidences and reviewing beginning materials. Overall, the intention of this course is to provide further confidence in the Word of God from a scientific point of view.
Students will demonstrate appropriate competency related to the following knowledge and skills:
- The student will be able to understand different points of view of Apologetics that are taken by many in the sciences.
- The student will be able to understand the history of evidences for the origin of life in the sciences and investigate some of the evidences for intelligence and a Creator in creation.
- The student will be able to gain some understanding of the science of archeology and the evidences and conclusions presented for confirming or rejecting the Scriptures.
- The student will also become aware of the thinking and attitude of younger generations and discuss ways to present evidences to these generations.
- All of the above is to be accomplished by reading and summarizing books, journal articles and videos of presentations that I have given at various churches.
- Apologetics for a New Generation: A Biblical and culturally relevant approach to talking about God, by Sean McDowell and David Kinnaman (2009).
- Evolution's Achille's Heels, edited by Robert Carter, (2014) Creation Ministries International, Creation Book Publishers. ISBN 978-1-921643-82-8
- Genetic Entropy and the Mystery of the Genome, by J.C. Sanford . (2008)
- A New Kind of Apologist, Sean McDowell Gen. Editor.(2016) Harvest House Publishers.
- hurt 2.0: inside the world of today’s teenagers, by Chap Clark. (2011) Baker Academic., Grand Rapids, MI. (this is the second edition of his earlier book hurt)
Suggested Resources for further information (not for this course):
- Understanding Intelligent Design, by Dembski and McDowell. (2008)
- Always Ready, by Greg Bahnsen especially sections 1 and 2(p. 1-52)
- Signature in the Cell, by Stephen Meyer. Discovery Institute. (2009)
- Darwin’s Doubt, by Stephen C. Meyer (2013).
- Origins: Linking Science and Scripture, by Ariel Roth. (1998) Review and Herald Publishing
- Archeology and the New Testament, by John McCray (1991) Baker Book House.
Contact the Sunset Extension School for the required materials (800-687-2121).