The integration of Christian thought with contemporary ideas and an introduction to Christian apologetics. Engaging those questions that pose the greatest challenge to Christian faith in contemporary culture, in the hope of receiving from God a clearer perception of the truth, goodness and beauty of the Gospel.
The objective of all Christian pursuits of truth, goodness and beauty is to enjoy the goodness of God, who has not left us in darkness, but has made himself known in Jesus Christ by the Holy Spirit, conveyed through the Scriptures as witnessed by His people.
The formal objectives of the course are as follows:
- to cultivate an appreciation for the intellectual strength and beauty of the Christian faith;
- to develop the foundations for thoughtful and winsome answers to key questions often posed as objections to faith in Christ;
- to enhance skills in critical reasoning and conceptual analysis;
- to grow (1) in our understanding of the purpose and importance of being able to “give a reason for the hope you have” and (2) in our ability to do this in conversation with others “with gentleness and respect” (I Peter 3:15);
- to better understand what it means to live a compelling Christian life;
- to encourage a more courageous, loving, open, peaceful and fruitful engagement with contemporary culture; and,
- to participate in the work of the Spirit to strengthen our faith, hope and love; and, thereby amplify our involvement in His service for the building up of Christ-centered community and the abounding of the Gospel of His grace to all people.
This course consists of an opening survey, reading assignment, a book summary, interviews and analysis, a written response paper, and three exams.
The opening survey is worth 10 points, the reading assignments are worth 420 points, the book summary 100 points, the interviews/analysis 70 points, written response 50 points, the first two exams 100 points each, and the final exam 150 points – for a total of 1000 points in the course.
Dr. Kevin Diller
PhD, University of St. Andrews, 2008
ThM, Calvin Theological Seminary, 2001
MDiv, Princeton Theological Seminary, 1997
BA, Taylor University, 1993