The Old Testament themes of leadership and spiritual formation are expressed in and through the history, activities, beliefs and teachings of the first followers of God, from scattered individuals to a unified socio-political state. In terms of spiritual formation, this course explores the nature of personal “face to face” encounters/relationships with the divine. In terms of leadership, the life and leadership of various “unequaled” Old Testament leaders will be examined. Throughout the course, participants will explore specific theological and practical frameworks to evaluate their own spiritual health and ministry leadership. Cross-listed as CHM 692. Prerequisite: BIB 505
In this course we will examine various apologetical methodologies, both historical and contemporary, and grapple with the various roles apologetics plays within Christianity, as well as within modern culture as a whole. We will also look at a number of current issues of great importance to modern apologists and seek to actively engage these issues.
An exploration of fundamental issues lying at the heart of religious belief and practice. These will include alleged difficulties regarding God’s attributes, the meaningfulness of religious language, God and the meaning of life, the relationship between faith and reason, and the justification of religious belief itself. These issues will be examined with the underlying purpose of more effectively communicating and defending Christian faith in a postmodern world. Students will be exposed to both current and classical writings in the Philosophy of Religion and will be expected to read the assigned writings and be prepared for active discussion in class.
An orientation to the language and process of apologetics. Specific areas covered include a history of apologetics activity, definitions and purposes of apologetics, the relationship of apologetics to evangelism, the role of the Holy Spirit in the apologetic task, a survey of some contemporary apologetics issues, how postmodernism affects the way apologetics must be done, and various apologetics approaches.
An examination of postmodernism and some of the challenges to Christian faith in a postmodern culture. Specific areas studied will include postmodern understandings of truth, reality, reason and community, Christian exclusivism, religious pluralism, hell, the plight of the unevangelized, the God of the Old Testament, and how an effective apologetic can be carried out in a postmodern culture.
This course gives the student an opportunity to do focused study in a specialized area of Christian Apologetics. It will help students to broaden and deepen their knowledge of the field, challenge them to do in-depth critical research of current issues and concepts, and promote growth in skills that are relevant to the discipline.
This course assists students in understanding both the necessity of and strategies used in making the case for the existence of the Judeo-Christian God in a postmodern world. The nature of theism, atheism, and agnosticism are studied along with questions concerning burden of proof. Major theistic arguments are also evaluated. In addition, this course seeks to provide convincing responses to some of the foremost challenges to Christian theism such as the problem of evil, alleged contradictions in the concept of God, and difficulties with religious language. Prerequisite: CAP 550 and CAP 560
On what basis do we hold confidence that the Bible is a faithful witness to the life of Christ and the character of God, infallible in all matters of faith and practice, a canon by which we can evaluate our doctrines and behavior? How can we be sure that the Bible is reliable? In this course we will examine the foundation for the reliability of Scripture and interact with critics of biblical reliability both within and without the church. Our constant goal will be to establish confidence in the scriptures as reliable, true, and trustworthy for all time. Prerequisite: CAP 550 and CAP 560
An exploration of the evidence for the historical Jesus and his relationship to “the Christ of faith.” Areas of inquiry include key challenges to the quest for the historical Jesus, the reliability of the New Testament documents, the resurrection of Jesus, and strategies for making the case for the historical Jesus in a postmodern world. Prerequisite: CAP 550 and CAP 560
This course examines a number of prominent current social and moral issues in western culture. These include ethical relativism, the question of the objectivity of moral truth, foundations of morality, tolerance, and specific moral topics such as euthanasia, genetic engineering, gay rights, environmental ethics and animal rights. Prerequisite: CAP 550 and CAP 560