Intro to Apologetics DiscussionGrades 9 - 12
Instructor: Staci Nodine
2019-08-15 - 2019-12-12
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Thu: 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm
Cost: $50 / Semester
About the Course
The purpose of this discussion is to prepare the student for the objections he / she is likely to hear in college from professors or in the world from unchurched friends. The method of instruction is the presentation of material developed by a skilled apologist, Dr. Frank Turek, who routinely defends the Christian faith in open forums on college campuses. (He has a weekly radio program, Cross Examined, if you'd like to get to know him.) In Why I Still Don’t Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist, Dr. Turek offers the most current evidence for the Christian Worldview and answers the most common objections asked by atheists and skeptics. In an informative and entertaining way, Frank uses logic, science and hard historical evidence to show why the Bible is true, and why it takes a lot more faith to be an atheist than a Christian. This DVD set answers four basic questions in twelve 25-40 minute lessons (it also includes audience Q&A). Courtesy in conversation with skeptics will be a focus of this class, as the Lord has called us to peace, and to love those who oppose us. Students will take thorough notes and we will review them each class session.
New for the 2019 Fall semester is practice in handling common objections or disagreements we may hear from our friends, gently and respectfully, and courageously.
As time allows, we will explore famous apologists C.S. Lewis, John Lennox, and Ravi Zacharius. There is only a minimum of homework for this class. Offered Semester 1 only.
Here is a brief video to give a sense of the class: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ACZoicJkXeg
Topics are as follows:
Does Truth Exist?
Does God Exist?
Are Miracles Possible?
Is the New Testament True?
So what if truth exists, and God exists, and miracles are possible, and the New Testament is true?
Aren't many Christians just hypocrites?
What about the atrocities Christians have committed?
Is Christianity just a crutch?
Isn't it narrow-minded to think Jesus is the only way to God?
Isn't being a good person enough?
What about people who have never heard of Jesus?
Why is there evil?
Why is there pain?
Why would God send people to an eternal punishment?
Students who have taken this course previously can take it a second time for $25.
A Cornerstone family has sponsored one good student whose family has financial need to take this class. If you'd like to contact me about your child taking this class at a reduced rate, please email me.
I have been privileged to teach with Cornerstone since 2016. I am thrilled to begin teaching English at Cornerstone for 3rd and 4th grades in 2019 - I love English and excelled in my English studies through college. I currently teach upper school Economics, Business Math, and I facilitate an Intro to Apologetics discussion. I have 4 children and 2 grandchildren. I was baptized when I was 23 years old at a relatively conservative church of Christ in Jackson, TN. I am currently a member at Southeast Christian church and attend the Indiana campus, where I soak up love and learning on Sunday mornings, and I greet at door 10 every other Sunday (which is awesome. I love it.)
I earned my BSBA in Business Administration- concentrating in Economics - from Union University in Jackson, TN in 1994; I was honored to receive the 1994 Award for Academic Excellence in Economics and Finance. I taught adults in a Business School. I worked for 7 years in the automotive industry, where I became ASQ certified as a Quality Engineer, where auditing, and training, and leading systematic team problem-solving, using graphical analysis and statistics, were daily tasks.
I think teaching is fun, and my goal is that your child's time in my class is efficient - that they remember a lot!