Answers and Questions: Apologetics Class Summary

Course Objectives:

1.  Be able to articulate biblical, Christ-centered answers to the great spiritual objections most common in our world.

2.  Learn to make a positive case for Christianity from a logical, biblical perspective that can resonate with someone outside the faith.

Course Outline:

April 11 – Answers: Is the Bible reliable?
April 18 – Answers: How can there be just one way?
April 25 – Answers:  Why is there so much suffering?
May 2 – Questions: Clues from the Natural World
May 9 – Questions:  Clues from Logic and Reason
May 16 – Questions:  Clues from the Jesus Story

Recommended Resources:

There are so many excellent books on apologetics.  I particularly recommend the following:

  • The Reason for Faith by Tim Keller.  This is an excellent summary of both responses to specific questions about faith, and a logical framework to explain Christianity.
  • The New Testament Documents: Are They Reliable? by F.F. Bruce.  First published in 1943, this short book is now in its sixth edition.  It remains a seminal work and is a must-read for anyone interested in the subject.
  • The New Evidence that Demands a Verdict by Josh McDowell.  This encyclopedic text is intended as a reference book for questions about apologetics.
  • The Case for Christ by Lee Strobel.  This classic text is a good primer on apologetics.
  • Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis.  Lewis articulates an argument for the existence of God and the truth of Christianity as only he can.