Christian Apologetics: Explaining and Commending our Faith

May 17–May 21 8:30AM–11:30AM
THEO 539 1–2 Credits (1 Audit)

Course Description

How can we best respond to the questions and concerns of our culture, commending the rational and imaginative aspects of Christian faith? Examine the relation of science and faith, the ‘New Atheism’, difficulties in understanding aspects of the Christian faith, and the challenges of relativism and skepticism. Consider a range of approaches, including those of G. K. Chesterton, Dorothy L. Sayers, C. S. Lewis, and Marilynne Robinson. Study traditional, rational defences of the faith and more recent approaches that embrace the imagination and emotions. Reflect on how to understand, defend, and commend the Christian faith, crafting your own distinct approach.

Note: Dr. McGrath is producing and providing high-quality, video recorded lectures specifically for this course. These will be live-streamed during class time and Dr. McGrath will join the class each day for live online Q&A sessions.

Live Online and Recorded: This course is being offered online with live class sessions in Summer 2021. If you are not able to attend the live online classes because of time zone differences, be aware that recordings of each class will also be made available on the course Moodle site until Midnight PDT on the second Saturday after the course.

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There are no prerequisites for this course.