CR101: Apologetics

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Course Description


Why would anyone, or why should anyone become a Christian? Why should anyone place their faith in Jesus Christ – a man who lived over two-thousand years ago? There have certainly been various and sundry answers to this question throughout this history of Christianity.

Christian apologetics (Greek: ἀπολογία, “verbal defense, speech in defense”) is a branch of Christian theology that aims to present historical, reasoned, and evidential bases for Christianity, defending it against objection.

The word apologetics (ἀπολογία,) first appears in the New Testament in 1 Peter 3:15 where the Apostle Peter addressed early Christians who were suffering persecution because of their faith in Christ. He writes:

But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer (ἀπολογία ) to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear…”

Today (in the 21st Century) Christian apologists must contend with such philosophies and ideologies such as naturalism, atheism, pantheism and post-Modernism.

It is my hope that you will enjoy this study as we look at Apolegetic’s from  Henry M. Morris’ book “Many Infallible Proofs”

Professor Wayne Hudson will give insightful lectures on the topics and the class notes where contributed by Dr. Patrick Briney.

MONITORING PROFESSOR’S CONTACT INFORMATION

Jeffry Evans

Jeffry Evans has worked in information technology, web development and business intelligence for 14 years. He has helped companies make and save significant money, as well as running his own successful business. His has a bachelor’s of business administration degree from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, with a major in computer information systems. He has a wife and one child, and is currently employed full-time, as well as ministering part time for Metropolitan Baptist Church and Texas Theological University & Seminary in developing software systems, online courses, etc.

817-237-2201
817-312-3836

Please allow 24 hours to respond by email. You may also text if you need a quicker response.


Textbooks


  1. Bible (KJV)
  2. Class Notes
  3. Many Infallible Proofs – Evidences of the Christian Faith

The student may also take the opportunity to buy the bound book online or from Texas Theological University. Buying online would be quicker for the student but we are able to process your order if you would like for us to purchase the book and send it to you. We do not keep books on hand due to space.


Suggested Books


 
when Skeptics Ask by Norman Giesler
(Baker Books, 1990)

 
Making Sense of God by Timothy Keller
(Viking Publishing, 2016).

 
On Guard: Defending Your Faith with Reason and Precision by William Lane Craig
(David Cook Publishing, 2010).
Disclaimer: Even though Texas Theological recommends these books, we do not necessarily agree all content of the books nor do we necessarily endorse them.

Course Requirements


1) Listen to all the lectures from Dr. Wayne Hudson

2) 11 Quizzes

Quizzes

The student will be required to take a 10 question multiple choice/true_false/Gap fill/Short answer  quiz at the end of every lesson. These quizzes will be timed and if the quiz is not completed in the allotted time frame then the quiz will auto submit and the quiz will be graded automatically. Once a student begins a quiz it will be up to the student to complete the quiz in the allotted time. Also note that if the student completes the quiz and the grade is low please know that each quiz is graded automatically by the system but the professor will review the quiz and correct any that the system did not correctly grade.

3) One research paper on any one of the topics listed below.

  • Explain the Scriptural arguments for God’s existence.
  • Explain the Scriptural arguments for Jesus’ resurrection.
  •  Explain Scriptural and secular arguments to show the inspiration of Scripture.
  • Explain Scriptural arguments for the Deity of Jesus Christ.
  • Explain Scriptural arguments for salvation by grace.
  • Explain Scriptural arguments for eternal security.
  • Explain Scriptural arguments for local church doctrine.
  • Explain Scriptural arguments for the gift of tongues and the Holy Spirit.
  • Explain Scriptural arguments for creation.

4) One overview paper of the book “Many Infallible Proofs”. This overview paper will cover and discuss each chapter with the student covering what He/She has read. The student will give a 50 to 75 word synopsis of 10 chapters. The student should be diverse in his/her chapter selection. If the student chooses the first ten chapter to review then the paper will be returned for re-submission and or the student will receive a failing grade for this overview.

RESEARCH/ANALYSIS’ PAPERS

All Research/Analysis’ papers must be submitted using the TTUS Paper Format Requirements and are taken from the  APA guidelines.

The student of Apologetic’s will be required as a final exam to research and write a 2 to 3 page  report (Approximately 500 to 750 words) on one of the following questions listed below. The paper will be, double spaced, 12 point, Times New Roman font and the student will be required to follow the TTUS Paper Format Requirements.

The paper will be an opinion paper and 2 to 5 references will be required; when referring to the Bible in these reports the student will only cite the Bible reference (Matthew 1:1) and will not include the scripture in the report only the citation.


ONLINE ATTENDANCE


Students taking this course online are responsible for insuring that all deadlines and due dates are met according to the syllabus.  At a minimum, all coursework will be required at the end of the semester.  Make sure that you stay on track and not wait until the end of the semester to try and complete your work. If you need an extension on any work contact the professor.


COURSE GRADING


 

Grading Summary:

Reading of Notes and Textbook 20%
Research Paper 40%
Quizzes 40%
 Total  100%
Course Grading
Lesson / Assignment / Quiz / Exam Percent of Total Grade
Apologetics – Lesson 1 4.00%
Apologetics – Lesson 2 4.00%
Apologetics – Lesson 3 4.00%
Apologetics – Lesson 4 4.00%
Apologetics – Lesson 5 4.00%
Apologetics – Lesson 6 4.00%
Apologetics – Lesson 7 4.00%
Apologetics – Lesson 8 3.00%
Apologetics – Lesson 9 3.00%
Apologetics – Lesson 10 3.00%
Apologetics – Lesson 11 3.00%
Apologetics – Research Paper 40.00%
Apologetics – Reading Report 20.00%
Total100%

GRADING

90-100 A

80-89 B

70-79 C

60-69 D

0-59 F

Lessons

Apologetics – Lesson 2

Apologetics Lesson 2   Student Instructions: Please Read Carefully The student will want to read the class notes (The class notes will not follow the video and the student will…

Apologetics – Lesson 3

Apologetics Lesson 3   Student Instructions: Please Read Carefully The student will want to read the class notes (The class notes will not follow the video and the student will…

Apologetics – Lesson 4

Apologetics Lesson 4   Student Instructions: Please Read Carefully The student will want to read the class notes (The class notes will not follow the video and the student will…

Apologetics – Lesson 5

Apologetics Lesson 5   Student Instructions: Please Read Carefully The student will want to read the class notes (The class notes will not follow the video and the student will…

Apologetics – Lesson 6

Apologetics Lesson 6   Student Instructions: Please Read Carefully The student will want to read the class notes (The class notes will not follow the video and the student will…

Apologetics – Lesson 7

Apologetics Lesson 7   Student Instructions: Please Read Carefully The student will want to read the class notes (The class notes will not follow the video and the student will…

Apologetics – Lesson 8

Apologetics Lesson 8   Student Instructions: Please Read Carefully The student will want to read the class notes (The class notes will not follow the video and the student will…

Apologetics – Lesson 9

Apologetics Lesson 9   Student Instructions: Please Read Carefully The student will want to read the class notes (The class notes will not follow the video and the student will…

Apologetics – Lesson 10

Apologetics Lesson 10   Student Instructions: Please Read Carefully The student will want to read the class notes (The class notes will not follow the video and the student will…

Apologetics – Lesson 11

Apologetics Lesson 11   Student Instructions: Please Read Carefully The student will want to read the class notes (The class notes will not follow the video and the student will…

Apologetics – Research Paper

Write a paper and answer one of the questions below. Explain the Scriptural arguments for God’s existence. Explain the Scriptural arguments for Jesus’ resurrection.  Explain Scriptural and secular arguments to…

Apologetics – Reading Report

Reading Report             This form MUST be completed for credit. Please answer the following questions below. As a student of a Bible seminary we are trusting that the student will…