October 17th, 2014
Unlike eastern religions, Christianity is founded as much upon logic and order as it is on faith and feelings. This sets Christianity apart among world religions. Islam stand upon submission, Hinduism upon devotion, and Buddhism upon practice. Christianity stands upon logic; The world is orderly, nature is orderly, and the universe is orderly because that is how God made them.
So we should be able to use logic and reasoning to examine the basic claims of Christianity. Is there a God? Does morality exist? Do the claims of the Bible stand up to reason?
In response to these very valid questions, the Institute is offering an inexpensive certificate program targeted towards teenagers who want answers but don’t have any. The program consists of 4 classes. Each class is 10 weeks long and includes readings from well respected theologians and authors on the subject of philosophy and Christianity.
Conveniently, many of the works are available in either physical, electronic, or audio format, and before beginning a new author, an audio or video introduction is provided to give some background on the author and an overview of what you can expect to find in the selected readings.
At the end of each class, each student will be expected to provide a 5 page paper on each of the readings. What was the author trying to say? What arguments did they make? In addition, since we want to encourage personal application, we also require a 10 page introspective paper on each class. It should discuss how the student plans to personally utilize the information from the class as well as how it will benefit their own walk with Christ.
The four classes in this course are:
Epistemology (how do we know things)
- Epistemology: Becoming Intellectually Virtuous by W. Jay Wood
Ethics (what is right and wrong)
- Evangelical Ethics: Issues Facing the Church Today by John Jefferson Davis
Philosophy of Religion
- Introducing Philosophy of Religion by Chad Meister
- Relativism: Feet Firmly Planted in Mid-Air by Francis J. Beckwith and Gregory Koukl
Information and Enrollment:
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To enroll in the Certificate for the Basics of Christian Philosophy program please fill out the following form:
All enrollment requests will be processed as soon as received. When this form is received an official application will be mailed to the prospective student. The student will then fill out, sign and date form. The form will specify which electives the student wants to take, establish the payment options and establish the enrollment date and expected program completion date. After completion of the application, the prospective student will mail the application along with the enrollment fee back to the Institute. After review and approval, a confirmation will be sent and the program will begin.