Based on curriculum by The Truth Project, Francis Schaeffer, and C.S. Lewis
TEACHER: Joshua Hanson
WHEN: Sunday mornings from 9-10AM, Room 127 (Sept 22 - Dec 8)
Course Type: Apologetics (defense of the Gospel)
Over the millennia, the truth-claims of Jesus of Nazareth have been subjected to a myriad of attacks, and still, the fires of His church burn bright. No other institution in Western Civilization has been more durable. But now, with shrinking church attendance and religious apathy at an all-time high, Christianity meets its greatest challenge of all: secularism. In our modern world, where truth is always subjective, and morals always relative, Christians must now defend a worldview that seems increasingly out-of-touch, legalistic, simplistic, and judgmental. It is now the Christian, and even God Himself, who is on trial; and those who follow Christ have greater difficulty than ever finding common ground with our secular neighbors, and our nation is being fractured in the process. No longer is the Christian witness limited simply to explaining why our God is “the best choice”, we must now first establish a need for God in the first place. The psychology of our world has changed considerably in recent years – and we must understand the world to reach it.
At the heart of this battle for hearts and minds is the singular concept of truth. Christ said: “…for this reason I was born, and for this reason I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to Me” (John 18:37). Christ also said: “I am the way, the truth, and the life – no one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6).
Considered together, this is a startling claim by Christ. In fact, it is still the most shocking thing ever uttered by human lips, because it means that truth itself exists; that Jesus is the official spokesman – the cosmic agent for – truth; and that without truth, without Him – no one can get to heaven. He is the gatekeeper.
Therefore, the world has a choice: dismiss him, or face his claims squarely. If he is not who he claims to be, then he should be dismissed – because that would make him a liar, a quack, or both. But if he is who he claims to be, then we must heed what he says. Nothing matters more.
So, what to believe? Do the truth-claims of Christ still hold up against those of the world? And how should the Christian build a bridge of common understanding to our neighbors, whom God loves?
To answer this question, we will consider nearly every major facet of our culture -- from politics to religion, science and history, philosophy, history, theology, economics, and more – and examine them through a Biblical lens, comparing God’s truth-claims to the wisdom of man. The Bible – in its vast and timeless wisdom – leaves no stone unturned. And in this sweeping course, neither will we.