Apologetics eBook: REAL Ideas of REAL People

Do you want to truly understand how to interact with non-Christian ideas from a Christian worldview? Our curriculum is interactive and online. We just went through and updated every link to give students practice interacting with the real ideas of real people. Interact with YouTube videos! Evaluate online articles!Get REAL in your study of apologetics.

Our curriculum was recently reviewed by Cathy Duffy. Check it out here!

Introduction to the Art of Apologetics.

The 3 DVD set includes three hours and fifteen minutes of instruction that includes understanding apologetics as an art, the attitude and tactics of an apologist, and starting points for understanding some of the common and modern challenges to Christianity. The DVDs may be used as a course, with 30 bite-size lectures, or viewed as a whole in apologetics events or by the intellectually curious.

Head over to the Ethos Store to get your copy.  (More information about the course and the DVDs below.)

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Introduction to the Art of Apologetics

 One-Year High School Course – $80 –  includes:

  • 3-DVD Set

Includes over three hours of instruction that explores apologetics as an art, the attitude and tactics of an apologist, and starting points for understanding some of the common and modern challenges to Christianity.  Be equipped to defend your faith respectfully with classical, presuppositional, and evidential apologetics.  These lectures are full of examples and crystal clear teaching.

Written directly to the student who listens to short lectures on the DVDs and then answers questions or writes response papers based on further online research, either watching video clips or reading articles. 

Includes Answer Key, For Further Study (at least one additional resource for each lecture topic), and Classroom Suggestions (for those teaching this course in a class or group).

(Student Manual and Teacher’s Manual will be delivered to your email account as an E-Book, so that online links will be most accessible.)

Or if you want to view the teaching on video without the curriculum, you may purchase the…

3-DVD Set for Only –  $30

 Table Of Contents

(Note:  This is the Table of Contents for the Student Manual lessons, but the topics are exactly the same as the 30 mini-lecture topics of the 3-DVD Set.)

Lesson 1: What is Apologetics?………………………………………………………………………………………… 1
Lesson 2: Why Apologetics?……………………………………………………………………………………………. 2
Lesson 3: What is a Worldview?…………………………………………………………………………………………3
Lesson 4: Demonstrating Gentleness & Respect…………………………………………………………………… 5
Lesson 5: A Bit of Perspective………………………………………………………………………………………….. 7
Lesson 6: Columbo Tactics………………………………………………………………………………………………. 8
Lesson 7: Three Types of Apologetics………………………………………………………………………………… 9
Lesson 8: The Teleological Argument……………………………………………………………………………….. 11
Lesson 9: The Ontological & Moral Arguments…………………………………………………………………… 13
Lesson 10: The Cosmological Argument……………………………………………………………………………. 15
Lesson 11: Presuppositional Apologetics…………………………………………………………………………… 17
Lesson 12: Using Presuppositionalism………………………………………………………………………………. 18
Lesson 13: Evidential Apologetics……………………………………………………………………………………..20
Lesson 14: The Combo Meal ……………………………………………………………………………………………. 21
(using multiple methods of apologetics)
Lesson 15: Epistemology……………………………………………………………………………………………….. 22
Lesson 16: Chance and Mushrooms…………………………………………………………………………………. 23
Lesson 17: The Trinity…………………………………………………………………………………………………… 25
Lesson 18: The Trinity’s Importance………………………………………………………………………………… 27
Lesson 19: The Trinity and Worldviews…………………………………………………………………………….. 28
Lesson 20: The Attributes ofGod………………………………………………………………………………………29
Lesson 21: The Accuracy of Scripture………………………………………………………………………………. 31
Lesson 22: Dead Sea Scrolls……………………………………………………………………………………………. 33
Lesson 23: Reliability of the New Testament …………………………………………………………………….. 35
Lesson 24: Textual Criticism……………………………………………………………………………………………37
Lesson 25: The Deity of Christ………………………………………………………………………………………… 38
Lesson 26: The Resurrection of Christ……………………………………………………………………………….40
Lesson 27: What About Tolerance…………………………………………………………………………………… 41
Lesson 28: Modes of Thought ………………………………………………………………………………………… 42
(Pre-Modern, Modern, and Post-Modern)
Lesson 29: The Christian Meta-narrative …………………………………………………………………………. 44
Lesson 30: The Problem of Hell……………………………………………………………………………………….45

About the Author

Betsy McPeak has a degree in Philosophy and is a Fellow with the C.S. Lewis Institute. Her experience with “apologetics” began long before she even knew what the word meant. When Betsy asked probing questions in Sunday School, she was told to “just believe.” Lacking answers, she became confused, and even suicidal as an adolescent.  When she asked about the meaning of daily life, she was told that she needed to see a psychiatrist. Betsy went on to the university to study pre-med at the age of 16, but was faced with an incredible tension between Christianity and science. At the age of 18 she ended up hitchhiking in Europe, and passed through Swiss L’Abri, a Christian community where her hard questions were treated with dignity and hope.
Betsy married her German tutor, and became a military wife and a homeschooling mom of 4 sons, traveling around to different states and countries, experiencing many different types of Christians, as well as many challenges to her faith.  Along the way she studied apologetics under Francis Schaeffer, Ellis Potter, and Greg Bahnsen, and took an apologetics class at Cambridge.  Through all of these experiences, plus living in a house with bookshelves instead of walls, Betsy has come to find satisfying answers to her questions in the Truths revealed in the Bible. Betsy loves to share what she has learned through her 35-year study of apologetics ~ the defense of the Christian faith.

Endorsements

“Betsy McPeak provided powerful, yet usable tools for our family to use to communicate God’s Truth in a world where the Truth is not wanted and not tolerated – yet is definitely needed.  She has impacted our sharing the Gospel by making our primary goal to love others by venturing out with wisdom and knowledge cloaked in humility and meekness.”

~Teddi Colkitt, homeschool mom

“Mrs. McPeak has condensed her vast amount of Bible knowledge into engaging, bite-size videos that give students an understanding of and love for God’s word.”

~Danielle, student

“There is an art to apologetics, one that most believers feel ill-equipped to even attempt.  Betsy McPeak draws out the artist within each Christ-follower through her clear and engaging teaching.  More than training how to answer questions, she equips both the mind and the heart in defending the Gospel and loving those who are skeptical.  This is an outstanding resource for small groups, student ministries, and learning communities.”

~Pastor Greg St. Cyr, Bay Area Community Church in Annapolis, MD

“Through Mrs. McPeak’s concise and clear videos, I was able to understand the foundation of Apologetics without feeling overloaded.”

~Emily Hepler

“Living in a culture saturated with competing world-views can be a tricky art indeed.  What I loved about this course was that it took all the knotty questions by the horns, and taught me to deal with them in a way that made sense.  Thank you, Mrs. McPeak, for all the midnight-classes, patience, and just good old apologetics!”

~Josh, online student in Malaysia

“As Christians, our faith is under fire from our culture, our friends, and even our own doubts. The “Intro to the Art of Apologetics” provides a basis to combat opposing views with graciousness and respect. Our faith really does connect with reality. What a comfort to know that the Bible is reliable and we can base our lives upon it!”

~Haley Kirychuk, NCFCA Region 9 Apologetics Champion

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(student manual)
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