2015: Adult Sunday School: Apologetics

Taught by Brad Finkbeiner

Over the next several months we will explore the related ideas of worldviews, presuppositions, evidence, logic, argumentation, proof, reason, faith, authority, and so forth.   We will compare and contrast competing apologetic strategies, applying them to controversies over history, science, ethics, miracles, the resurrection, fulfilled prophecies, the problem of evil, and the like.  Time permitting, we will address the more distinctively American challenges from existentialists, pragmatists, eastern philosophers, the new atheists, and postmodernists. 

Recordings of Previous Sunday School Classes

  • [11.09.2014]
  • [01.25.2015] - No Sunday School due to inclement weather
  • [02.15.2015] - No Sunday School due to inclement weather
  • [02.21.2015] - No Sunday School due to inclement weather
  • [3.22.2015] - John Calvin's Natural Theology and his differences with Thomas Aquinas.  Once we understand the contrast between these two thinkers, we'll be able to assess the pros and cons of the apologetic approaches associated with them.
  • [04.05.2015]
  • [04.19.2105]
  • [04.26.2015] - The Apologetics Class will continue Van Til's apologetic method.   Last week we overviewed his critique of the traditional method.  We now turn to his alternative approach, I.e., his method of reasoning by presupposition, which he takes to be truer to Christian commitment and more effective for bringing about such commitment in the unbeliever.  If short, Van Til teaches that we must argue for the Christian worldview from within the Christian worldview!
  • [05.03.2015] - The Apologetics Class will work through a selection of biblical texts relevant to apologetics and to how to engage non-Christians.
  • [05.10.2015] - will explore the apologetic significance of 1 Peter 3:15 and Proverbs 26:4-5.  If you read these ahead of time, consider [1] the context of 1 Pet. and [2] how Prov. 26 relates to the 1 Cor 1-3 text we covered in previous weeks. We'll attempt to derive some concrete guidelines for most apologetic encounters.