Course code: 3KL220N
Course name: The Christian Worldview in Apologetic Perspective: Key Approaches and Themes
Location: Online study
Academic year: 2023–2024
Credits: 10 ECTS Credits
Single subject: Yes
Application: Apply at our local applicationpage
Required prerequisite knowledge
One Year Study in Theology, Religion or Philosophy.
Recommended prerequisite knowledge
A basic introduction to Christian Apologetics, such as provided in 3KL101, 3KL103 or 3KL104/3KL106.
Relevance within study programme
The course can be part of the Bachelor in Practical Theology and Leadership and an elective course both in the Bachelor in Theology and in the Professional Study of Theology (the candidatus theologiae degree).
The Christian Worldview in Apologetic Perspective explores the challenges and opportunities for Christian apologetics in a late modern pluralistic setting
The first part presents and evaluates different apologetic perspectives, while the second part explores a number of apologetic areas, comprising a proposed "canon" for Christian apologetics in a late modern setting.
The course aims at equipping the students with basic insights into methodological and strategic issues in Christian apologetics
Learning outcomes descriptors
After completed course the student has attained the following learning outcomes.
- has an understanding of key approaches in current Christian apologetics
- has a basic knowledge of central themes in Christian apologetics
- can critically assess various approaches in Christian apologetics
- can reflect independently and critically on apologetic challenges and opportunities
- can respond to basic questions and objections to the Christian faith, on different arenas and in different formats
- can apply strategies for Christian apologetics in Christian communication in different contexts
- can contribute to a renewed
Part A: Introduction to different apologetic approaches (4 ECTS)
This part will introduce reflection on methodology in Christian Apologetics, by exploring and evaluating the discussion between five main apologetic approaches within a broad evangelical theological context.
Part B: Introduction to key issues in Christian apologetics (6 ECTS)
This part will present and discuss a proposed "canon" of thematic areas for Christian apologetics in a late modern context. The proposed themes are:
- Faith and Knowledge
- Pluralism and Truth
- God and Reality
- Good and Evil
- Sources and History
- The Identity and Resurrection of Jesus
- Humanity, personal identity
- The Justification for Ethics
Teaching and learning methods
The 3KL220N course is offered online.
The curriculum is introduced through a series of web lessons, with a variety of digital learning resources.
The course offers five digital / local sessions with lectures and workshops. The sessions will make use of a flipped classroom approach, with presentations, interactive discussions, and media examples, involving both faculty and students.
The digital /local sessions in 3KL220 are not compulsory, but students are encouraged to be present in order to create a fertile learning environment.
One 1500 words (plus minus 20%) assignment with questions on each of the apologetics issues.
Grading, coursework requirements
Final assessment in 3KL220N is a one week home exam on a pre-assigned topic. The assignment is distributed at the beginning of the exam.
The exam is comprised of a written paper of 3000 words (plus minus 20%).
Permitted aids under examination
Assessed according to the standard A-F grading system.
English or a Scandinavian language
4 ECTS in relation to 3KL211.
Annual course evaluation in accordance with the quality assurance system for NLA University College. Students may also give their feedback on the course in the student group/in class.
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Digital reading list
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