Biblical Worldview/Apologetics

Westside School of Theology

Students enrolled in this track of learning will need to complete all 12 hours of course work in order to complete the Certification process. Each class builds on each other. This track begins with a 13-week foundational Biblical Worldview Tour. The material for the first class is The Truth Project by Focus on the Family Dr. Del Tackett and will provide instruction in a DVD format and a class discussion will wrap up the class. Facilitators will assist in the discussion and resource materials for this course. This will be followed by the Cultural Apologetics Course. This course is 6 weeks long and will cover worldview and logical fallacies in addition to four major issues of the culture—abortion, same-sex marriage/homosexuality, cultural relativism, and racism. The following semester we will teach the other two courses in this track. Presuppositional Apologetics a 6-week course followed by Evidential/Classical Apologetics which will also be a 6-week course.

Cost: The cost will be a $50 application fee plus the cost of books. Other materials will be provided.

 

The Truth Project

In a recent study, the Barna Research Group revealed that only 9 percent of professing Christians have a Biblical Worldview. The Truth Project is a DVD based Worldview Training Curriculum comprised of 13 one-hour lessons taught by Dr. Del Tackett. Each lesson is designed to ensure the student has a comprehensive and systematic Biblical Worldview leading to the personal transformation of the mind and spirit. During this study the student will learn:

·      Lesson 1 Veritology – What is Truth?

·      Lesson 2 Philosophy and Ethics: Says Who?

·      Lesson 3 Anthropology: Who is Man?

·      Lesson 4 Theology: Who is God?

·      Lesson 5 Science: What is True? (parts 1 & 2)

·      Lesson 6 History: Whose Story?

·      Lesson 7 Sociology: The Divine Imprint

·      Lesson 8 Unio Mystica: Am I Alone?

·      Lesson 9 The State: Whose Law?

·      Lesson 10 The American Experiment: Stepping Stones

·      Lesson 11 Labor: Created to Create

·      Lesson 12 Community and Involvement: God Cares, do I?

Instructor: Dr. Del Tackett (video driven) w/ facilitators for discussion

 

Cultural Apologetics

Everywhere we turn, battle lines are being drawn—traditional marriage vs. gay marriage, pro-life vs pro-choice, and cultural absolutes vs cultural relativism. It would seem that the culture has shifted to the point where right and wrong are no longer measured by universal truth but by popular opinion. In this course, you will learn how to actively take a stand on such issues as poverty, sex trafficking, marriage, abortion, racism, and religious liberty—as you are challenged to become a passionate, unwavering voice for Christ. This course will help you to identify the logical fallacies in lines of reasoning and provide you with the tools to engage in calm and reasoned interactions with those who oppose a Biblical Worldview. Students in this class will learn:

·      The importance of understanding others who hold opposing worldviews. Students will examine the following worldviews: Secular Humanism, Postmodernism, Naturalism, in addition to Christian Theism.

·      Students should demonstrate an ability to identify a variety of logical fallacies used in lines of reasoning.

·      Students should demonstrate a heart-filled compassion for those who hold an opposing worldview and an ability to confidently represent a Biblical Worldview.

·      Students should demonstrate and ability to identify and utilize a variety of resources for answering questions regarding their faith.

Textbooks:

·      A Compassionate Call To Counter Culture by David Platt. Hardcover Unabridged, Tyndale House Publishers, 2015, Retail $15.00. ISBN: 978-1-4143-7329-4

·      Other materials will be provided: Worldview Map and a Logical Fallacies Map

Instructor: Virgil Walker

 

Presuppositional Apologetics

There is an argument for the creation that is powerful, conclusive, and has no true rebuttal. As such, it is an irrefutable argument—and “ultimate proof” of the Christian Worldview. Presuppositional apologetics is an approach to apologetics which aims to present a rational basis for the Christian faith and defend it against objections by exposing the logical flaws of other worldviews and hence demonstrating that biblical theism is the only worldview which can make consistent sense of reality. During this class the student will learn:

·      How to apply presuppositional apologetics with evolutionists, how to spot logical fallacies, and biblical examples of defending the faith.

·      Discover the nature of scientific evidence and its proper role in the origins debate.

·      Students should demonstrate a heart-filled compassion for those who hold an opposing worldview and an ability to confidently represent a Biblical Worldview.

Textbook:

·      The Ultimate Proof of Creation by Dr. Jason Lisle, Paperback, New Leaf Publishing Group/Master Books, May 2009, $13.00, ISBN 978-0-8905-1568-6

 

Evidential/Classical Apologetics

Have you ever noticed that sometimes false ideas are the greatest obstacle to the reception of the gospel? Are you wanting to engage friends, family, and others that are skeptical to Christian faith? This one-stop, how-to-defend-your-faith course will equip Christians to advance faith conversations deliberately, applying straightforward, cool-headed arguments. They will discover not just what they believe but why they believe. This course will walk students through four arguments for God’s existence, defends the historicity of Jesus’ personal claims and resurrection, addresses the problem of suffering, and shows why religious relativism doesn’t work. Students in this course will learn:

·      How to apply evidential/classical apologetics with atheists and agnostics, how to spot logical fallacies, and scientific examples of defending the faith.

·      Discover the nature of scientific evidence and its proper role in the debate regarding God’s existence, the problem of evil, and the evidence for the historicity of Christ.

·      Students should demonstrate a heart-filled compassion for those who hold an opposing worldview and an ability to confidently represent a Biblical Worldview.

Textbook:

·      On Guard: Defending Your Faith with Reason and Precision by William Lane Craig, Paperback, David C. Cook, March 2010. $11.00. ISBN: 978-1-4347-6488-1