Upholding and Defending the Christian Faith

High School Education Division

The purpose of this division is to provide similar certificate-based programs for high school students. These certificates are offered in a distance education format, which can be completed from any location. Each course includes an audio introduction by Trevor Slone, director of the High School Education Division, feedback on all papers and personal mentoring as needed. These certificate programs are intended to prepare the student for college level work and also develop reading and writing skills.

Each class is $40 plus the cost of materials, which the student is required to procure on their own

Course Materials

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.

Testing Requirements

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.

Enrollment Information

Note: Filling out the enrollment form means you are ENROLLING. If that is not your intention, do NOT fill out this form. Click the "contact us" link above to request information. To enroll in a Certificate program please fill out the enrollment 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.

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Cultural Apologetics ^ back to top

Course Description

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.

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? 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

Worldviews Overview ^ back to top

Course Description

Everyone has a worldview. A worldview describes how we see man and his place in the universe. Is the universe all there is or is there more? Are humans special creatures or are we merely animals? How do our answers to these questions affect the way we act and think? What do I really believe?

Some atheists claim not to have a worldview; That a worldview is a philosophical or religious things. Nothing could be further from the truth. If you believe, for example, that the universe is all there is, that creates a worldview where man is essentially an animal. And that has serious moral and ethical implications.

So how do high school kids get a handle on such a complex topic? What kind of worldviews are out there and which are they likely to confront?

In response to these important questions, the Institute is offering an inexpensive certificate program targeted towards teenagers who want answers but may not have any. The program consists of 4 classes. Each class is 10 weeks long and includes readings from some of the best authors in Christian apologetics.

The four classes in this course are:

Christianity and Philosophy
  • Love Your God with All Your Mind by J.P. Moreland
  • Defending your Faith by R.C. Sproul
Christianity and Missions*
  • Perspectives on the World Christian Movement, 4th ed., by Ralph D. Winter

* only 1 book for class and only one 10 page final paper required

Origins Studies
  • Unraveling the Origins Controversy by David A. DeWitt
  • One Human Family: The Bible, Science, Race and Culture by Carl Wieland
Studies in Post-Modern Church Movements
  • Truth and the New Kind of Christian: The Emerging Effects of Postmodernism in the Church by R. Scott Smith
  • The Disappearance of God by R. Albert Mohler, Jr

Christian Fundamentals ^ back to top

Course Description

Christian doctrine can something be hard to understand. This is especially true if you're new to the faith. What is God like? Why are people born sinners? Why do different churches have different ways to looking at stuff? It isn't easy going to get a handle on two thousand years of traditions, doctrines, and theology.

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 a number of respected authors covering a variety of doctrinal topics.

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:

Theology Basics
  • The Doctrines that Divide: A Fresh Look at the Historic Doctrines that Separate Christians by Erwin Lutzer
  • Across the Spectrum: Understanding Issues in Evangelical Theology by Gregory A. Boyd and Paul R. Eddy
The Study of Sin and Man
  • Offense to Reason: A Theology of Sin by Bernard Ramm
  • The Human Person in Theology and Psychology: A Biblical Anthropology for the Twenty-First Century by James R. Back and Bruce Demarest
The Study of God
  • The Functions of Deity by Nate Wilson
  • The Holiness of God by R.C. Sproul
The Study of the Church
  • 9 Marks of a Healthy Church by Mark Dever
  • Church Membership by Jonathan Leeman (small book)
  • Church Discipline by Jonathan Leeman (small book)

Bible Basics ^ back to top

Course Description

So you're a Christian ... now what? What on earth have you gotten into? You want to read the Bible but don't know where to start. How is it put together? Do I just start at the beginning? How do I grow in the faith and how to I tell others what I've found?

In response to these questions and concerns, 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 respected authors and theologians on the basics of Christianity.

The four classes in this course are:

How to Study the Bible Effectively
  • Hermeneutics: Principles and Processes of Biblical Interpretation by Henry A Virkler
  • Basic Bible Interpretation by Roy B. Zuck
Basics of Evangelism
  • Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God by J.I. Packer
  • Evangelism Is … by Dave Earley
Necessities of Discipleship
  • Discipleship by Dietrich Bonhoeffer
  • The Gospel: How the Church Portrays the Beauty of Christ by Ray Ortlund
Doctrine
  • On Christian Teaching by Saint Augustine
  • Sound Doctrine: How a Church Grows in the Love and Holiness of God by Bobby Jamieson

Basics of Christian Philosophy ^ back to top

Course Description

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.

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
  • Relativism: Feet Firmly Planted in Mid-Air by Francis J. Beckwith and Gregory Koukl

Basics of World Religions ^ back to top

Course Description

It seems like there are a zillion religions in the world today. Some make the news all the time while others seem like tiny cults. I know that Christianity is true because Jesus rose from the dead, but don't other religions believe the same thing? Why aren't they Christian?

How many religions are there? It seems like religions fall into categories. Is that true? Why are religions like Islam and Mormonism wrong when they believe in Jesus, too?

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 comparative religions.

The four classes in this course are:

World Religion Basics
  • Neighboring Faiths: A Christian Introduction to World Religions by Winfried Corduan
Islam
  • Answering Islam: The Crescent in Light of the Cross by Norman Geisler
  • Understanding Islam and Christianity by Josh McDowell and Jim Walker
Mormonism
  • The New Mormon Challenge: Responding to the Latest Defenses of a Fast-Growing Movement by Francis J. Beckwith, Carl Mosser, and Paul Owen
Monotheism
  • In the Beginning God: A Fresh Look at the Case for Original Monotheism by Winfried Corduan

Mini-Certificate in Old and New Testament ^ back to top

Course Description

So, you're a Christian now. So what's up with this old testament and new testament thing? How are they different? What are they about? Why the "testament" in the names?

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 2 classes. Each class is 10 weeks long and includes a standard reading from respected Christian scholars.

The four classes in this course are:

New Testament Basics
  • Encountering the New Testament: A Historical and Theological Survey by Walter A. Elwell and Robert W. Yarbrough
Old Testament Basics
  • Encountering the Old Testament: A Christian Survey by Bill T. Arnold and Bryan E. Beyer