Merges science, archeology, and logic with Scripture in a balanced mix that appeals to teens.
Builds a strong foundation without overwhelming students or going too deep.
Constructs a framework for adding additional information as students mature.
How this course came to be:
Christi began researching apologetics curriculums more than a decade ago and still remembers how overwhelming the mountain of evidence seemed.
At the time, she was the marketing director for a Christian school. As a lifelong Bible teacher, she was asked to fill in when the school lost their Bible teacher for junior high.
She applied her professional experience in marketing and copywriting to a shelf full of books and what emerged was a curriculum that laid the foundation without overwhelming her students.
Now, there’s an army of 20-somethings who report in that what they learned in her classroom stuck with them and informed their faith.
What Christi brings to the course:
More about the specific approach:
from Christi …
“There are many approaches to apologetics.
On one end, there’s the approach that says, “We won’t talk evidence without first defining the presuppositions.” And so, everything they produce is interwoven with Scripture.
On the other end, there are teachers who only talk outcomes or evidence, such as the intelligent design proponents or the curriculum that only deals with “how this affects your choices.”
And then there’s everything in between. Each approach has its merits. But the question I had to ask was this: “What is the best one to reach kids?”
This sandwich approach is what I came up with:
Step 1-Use the Bible to lay the foundation for what God says about reasonable faith.
Step 2-Study what logic, science, archeology, etc. reveal. (Or in some cases, what questions can NOT be answered by science.)
Step 3-Look at what the Bible says about the issues.
It’s a subtle difference in approach, but I believe it’s the missing link in teaching teens.
Although I’m NOT willing to leave my Christian worldview at the door, I WILL suspend that discussion to consider only logic and science for a moment. But I will do that ONLY AFTER we lay some ground rules based on the truth of Scripture.”
Those ground rules and the step one in this sandwich are covered in units 1 and 2.
Unit 3 (God) addresses step two first before looking at step 3.
Unit 4 (Bible) alternates between steps 2 and 3 throughout the unit.