The goal of this course is to give students the necessary tools to defend their Faith in a world that is often hostile to it. The first semester we will focus on the “larger” religious questions such as; “What proof is there for the existence of God?” and “Isn’t it intolerant to believe that Christ is the only way to Heaven?” In the second semester, we will focus on issues more specific to Christianity, like; “Why do Catholics pray to saints?” and “How can the Church believe that the pope is infallible”? Periodically, we will engage in in-class debates, where students will be asked to “think on their toes” and to give a “reason for the hope that is in them” (1 Peter 3:15). Throughout the year, we will be looking at current events, for apologetics is nothing if it is not “current.” The goal of this course is not only to enable the students to argue their faith more effectively but also for them to realize that their faith is worth the argument. Along with reading the assigned texts, students will be asked to complete written as well as oral assignments to demonstrate they can cogently express their faith to fair-minded skeptics.
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9781586173425, Longenecker, More Christianity, Ignatius, 2010