October 9th, 2014
As western culture secularizes, Christianity faces a number of cultural challenges. Our culture has created a picture of Christianity which is full of misconceptions and false narratives. For example, some claim that Christianity is oppressive to women, hateful towards gays, follows an immoral deity, and is an irrelevant superstition in the light of our modern enlightened civilization. How will our children respond to such accusations?
We all hope they will respond in love and understanding with solid truths from God’s word. Unfortunately, most young Christians just don’t know enough to provide a meaningful answer. Is the Bible oppressive to women? Is the morality we received from God actually backward and irrelevant in our modern day? Why do Christians seem so judgmental?
In response to these accusations, 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 some of the best authors in cultural apologetics.
Conveniently, most of the works are available in either physical, electronic, or audio format, and before beginning a new author, a 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:
Who was Francis Schaeffer?
- The Complete Works of Francis Schaeffer, Vol.1: A Christian View of Philosophy and Culture by Francis August Schaeffer
- Francis Schaeffer: A Mind and Heart for God by Bruce Little
Who was C.S. Lewis?
- Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis
- C. S. Lewis – A Life: Eccentric Genius, Reluctant Prophet by Alister McGrath
Apologetics and the Arts
- Saving Leonardo: A Call to Resist the Secular Assault on Mind, Morals, and Meaning by Nancy Pearcey
- Hollywood Worldviews by Brian Godawa
Christianity and Politics
- Money, Greed, and God: Why Capitalism is the Solution and not the Problem by Jay W. Richards
- Indivisible: Restoring Faith, Family and Freedom Before It’s Too Late by James Robison
Information and Enrollment:
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To enroll in the Certificate for the Cultural Apologetics 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.