Required for MDiv― 3 credits. No Prerequisite.
There is a scriptural mandate to “be ready always to give an answer to every man that asks you a reason of the hope that is in you,” 1 Peter 3:15. This course thoroughly prepares students to give concrete reasons for their faith.
This course-series enables students to confidently address the issues skeptics of Christianity may bring up. The orderly and comprehensive fashion in which the authors present answers to key arguments is one reason we chose this curriculum.
The down-to-earth style of the authors additionally makes the study both highly informative and easily-understood. The workbook format successfully facilitates student retention, something especially critical to apologetics.
Topics covered include: answering life’s big questions, fallacies and logic, cosmic issues, intelligent design, the origin of life, evolution, relativism, miracles, the historic reliability of Jesus, eyewitness testimony of Jesus, the reliability of the New Testament, the resurrection, the divinity of Jesus, Jesus’ perspective on the Old Testament, the issue of evil and more.
FYI- AE503 and AE504 are the only graduate-level correspondence courses we offer. All others involve interaction on the IUS website. So for this‒ Order the textbooks by using the Amazon links. Follow the instructions in the workbook for reading and workbook assignments. When you complete the entire workbook, we will need to see your workbook for credit for both courses.
AE504 represents course 1 of a 2-course series. The books below apply to both courses.
We additionally suggest students motivated toward evangelistic outreach additionally take “Practical Evangelism” because leading people to the Lord may require more than spouting off information. For unbelievers, intellectual obstacles are rarely what’s holding them back from spiritual birth or restoration. The issues unbelievers bring up, then, most likely represent an excuse to avoid confronting spiritual truth. In reality, there are generally emotional reasons people remain negative to Christ which need to be explored and resolved. And an individualized approach to evangelism may prove effective.