“I've grown up in the home school community and been exposed to quite a lot of worldview-type classes, but I can say without hesitation that Mr. Vogel's are the best I've ever encountered.” ~ Former student
“The course really challenged her thinking about worldviews and why one's perspective is so important, and how we can graciously impart the truth to those who don't yet know it. Mr. Vogel expects higher-level thinking ('iron sharpens iron'). Highly recommended instructor and classes for homeschoolers or anyone.” ~ Carolyn, homeschool mother
Christian Worldview & Apologetics is about understanding, appreciating, and graciously defending the Christian faith in the face of the questions and challenges that students encounter every day. The class will prepare them to "give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have" (I Peter 3:15). We will consider what makes Christianity a reasonable and compelling worldview, preparing students to withstand assaults on their faith in school or in the workplace and equipping them to respond persuasively and effectively--but also "with gentleness and respect" (the very important conclusion of I Peter 3:15)!
When polls show a majority of professing Christian teens abandoning their faith under a flood of anti-Christian influences by the time they reach their 20's, it is critically important that students are able to feel intellectually honest about their faith. Too often, our kids receive simple and easy answers to difficult questions; answers which are simply unsatisfying in light of the attacks that will be brought against them. In Christian Worldview & Apologetics, we will take an honest, challenging look at the best arguments that are raised against Christianity and learn from the responses of some of our faith's most effective apologists. As with all LTA classes, students will be challenged to really understand and apply the ideas they are studying, ensuring they carry what they've learned with them as they leave the classroom.
The main textbook for Christian Worldview & Apologetics is To Everyone an Answer: A Case for the Christian Worldview, a collection of apologetic and theological essays edited by Francis J. Beckwith, William Lane Craig, and J. P. Moreland. The book provides a point-by-point explanation and defense of Christian doctrine on key points including the relationship of faith and reason, the existence of God, the historicity of Jesus, the problem of evil, and more. In addition to this comprehensive overview, students will read excerpts from non-Christian authors, and class discussions will compare and evaluate the opposing arguments.
Because of the focus on argument analysis and refutation, this class is a great way for students to polish critical thinking and reasoning skills. Students are often more inclined to absord the principles of argumentation and critical thinking when they are thinking about something else, rather than studying critical thinking qua critical thinking, and the thinking skills learned here will apply everywhere from science and geometry to day-to-day decisions like whether to watch a particular movie or vote for a political candidate.
The class meets for one-and-a-half hours weekly for 16 weeks. It is very discussion-based and class participation is encouraged. Students will be assigned four essays on relevant topics, and grades will be given based on the quality of the essays, scores on reading quizzes, and participation in classroom discussion. Tuition is $199.