Apologetics / Advanced Bible
Introduction to apologetics, its purpose, value, and how each student can defend their faith with love and truth.
minimum 6, maximum 16
Class time: (Meets once/week)
(Tues -1) 8:45-10:45
(Wed - 2) 10:10-11:25
Pre-requisites for class:
Bible Basics (9-12)
1 Elective or Social Studies
This high school apologetics course will equip your student with foundational knowledge for defending their faith. They will understand why apologetics is Biblical, important, and helpful when answering some of the most difficult questions of our day. As your student readies to move into the greater world, this course will help build a foundation for using both head and heart when they are challenged to give an answer for the hope they have.
Establish a high view of God, His Word, and the Truth
Understand what apologetics is, why we do it, and how to use it wisely
Provide foundations for practical study and use of resources
Understand worldview and how it applies to apologetics
Provide tactics that are useful when engaging with objections to the Christian faith
Provide a framework of how to reason and think when handling some of the more difficult arguments for/against Christianity
Understand that apologetics is Biblical, but not a weapon. We pattern our lives after Jesus with grace and truth.
Learn about some of the important apologists of the past
Provide an introduction to historical Christian beliefs dating back to the church's fathers
Provide a basic overview of the major world religions
Learn the importance of discernment when it comes to Biblical teaching
Required Books & Materials
A paper copy of one of the following complete translations: ESV, NLT, or NIV
*No digital Bible
Tactics: A Game Plan for Discussing Your Christian Convictions
by Gregory Koukl
1.5” 3-ring binder, spiral or loose leaf paper for notes
Classwork / Homework
The class will consist of lectures using slides, videos, note-taking practices, and will include group activities.
Students will complete homework that reinforces the lesson which may include short answers, essays, memorization, quizzes, and the use of basic study skills. Students will be required to know how to write well-written essays, and there will be grading rubrics for these assignments.
Weekly time commitment: approximately 2 hours/week
This course could be used as either a social studies unit credit (i.e. History of religion or world religion) or 2 elective credits of the same.