Introduction to Apologetics
Introduction to Apologetics will be an exciting course that will challenge your student’s faith. Help your students grow their faith by encouraging them to confront the difficult questions of Christianity. Introduction to Apologetics provides students with a deeper examination of many difficult questions relating to Christianity, the Bible, and faith in Jesus Christ. In our current culture, where truth is subjective and society ignores the teaching of Jesus, the importance of apologetics cannot be understated. Young students must challenge their faith and understand their own beliefs so that they may “take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm.”
From the Greek word, “apologetics” means “speaking in defense” (or to make a defense.) By studying the field of apologetics students learn why the Christian faith is sound, and the Bible is inerrant. This course will challenge students to confront and consider some of the most difficult questions regarding Christianity. Some of the topics covered will be; an introduction to apologetics, the definition of truth, reliability of Scripture, existence of God, miracles, and the problem of evil.
By the end of Introduction to Apologetics, students will be able to:
- Define apologetics and identify the importance of learning how to defend the Christian faith.
- Defend the necessity of absolute truth, and articulate the consequences of subjective truth.
- Construct, critique, and analyze arguments.
- Provide arguments for the inerrancy of the Bible
- Evaluate and define miracles
- Provide and discuss the evidence for the historicity of the life (according to the Biblical account) of Jesus.
- Defend the primary attributes of God (omnipotent, omnibenevolent, sovereignty) in context of the problem of evil.
- Discuss and provide practical ways to involve the culture (their friends and family) in apologetics.
This course is a full academic year course, designed for mature high schoolers—best suited for grade 11-12, but a mature 10th grader may excel also. This course will heavily rely on group discussion and participation.
*Please note that while there are many required texts for this course, some of them may be available used, rented, found at church libraries, or from online databases.
Required Materials for Introduction to Apologetics:
- Introduction to the Art of Apologetics, Betsy McPeak.
- Bible (preferably ESV)
- 3 Ring Binder for handouts and worksheets
Full Year Course – 1 Credit: The class will be taught and graded by your True North Homeschool Academy teacher. The coursework your child will complete in this high school level course is equal to one credit hour which may be awarded by your homeschool upon completion of the course. If you would like help determining your students’ credits or creating a transcript, check out our Academic Advising.