Christian Apologetics

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“Why would a good God allow evil to exist?” Do you know the answer to this question? Have you asked the following questions?
* “What happens to people who have never heard the gospel?”
* “How were the books of the Bible selected?”
* “Why are there so many church denominations?”
* “Why would God command the killing of so many people in the Bible (e.g., the Canaanites)?”
You will have the opportunity to explore many “tough questions” in this class.

Course Objectives

This course is designed to introduce students to several of the most common topics in Christian apologetics. It will equip them to present a rational defense of the Christian faith in a postmodern context and to winsomely lead others to Jesus. Topics include truth and epistemology, scientific evidence for God, evidence from morality, miracles, and the reliability of Scripture, especially regarding the resurrection of Jesus.

Required Texts and Materials

Norman L. Geisler and Frank Turek, I Don’t Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist (Crossway, 2021)

Course Evaluation

Student performance will be evaluated based on attendance, class participation, and homework completion



Course Schedule
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Dec 23 (10:00 AM) Dec 30 (10:00 AM) Jan 06 (10:00 AM) Jan 13 (10:00 AM) Jan 20 (10:00 AM) Jan 27 (10:00 AM)
  • Week 1 - Dec 23
    10:00 AM

    Introduction to Christian apologetics, apologetic tactics

  • Week 2 - Dec 30
    10:00 AM

    Truth and epistemology

  • Week 3 - Jan 06
    10:00 AM

    Scientific evidence for God

  • Week 4 - Jan 13
    10:00 AM

    Morality as evidence for God, miracles

  • Week 5 - Jan 20
    10:00 AM

    Reliability of the New Testament

  • Week 6 - Jan 27
    10:00 AM

    The historicity of Jesus’ resurrection and its implications

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Shepherd Ben West

  • Studied Mechanical Engineering at Washington University in St. Louis (where he was invited to UBF as a freshman) 
  • Moved to Minneapolis after marrying Rebekah, where they are making disciples of students at the University of Minnesota
  • After retiring from engineering to pursue full-time ministry, Ben obtained an MDiv at Faith Bible Seminary
  • He enjoys 3D printing and playing the ocarina
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