213.34 Special Studies in Philosophy of Religion: William Lane Craig’s Campus Apologetics
Providence University College - April 23-27, 2012
To defend and commend a position with good reasons is to present an apology in the classical sense of the term (think of Plato’s Apology wherein Plato sets out arguments defending the innocence of Socrates who has been charged with a crime). In worldview contexts, apologetics is the rational defence of a particular worldview, whether atheistic or religious. Christian apologetics is an academic discipline that attempts to answer questions such as these: Did Jesus actually resurrect from the dead? Do evil and suffering show that God doesn’t exist? Is God necessary for morality? Is God a delusion? To those who ask for the reason for the hope that is found in Jesus Christ, Christian apologetics provides an answer via careful argument coupled with gentleness and respect (1 Peter 3:15).
Providence University College Assistant Professor of Philosophy Dr. Hendrik van der Breggen is offering a one-week course examining the apologetics of contemporary evangelical Christian philosopher William Lane Craig. The course will focus on Craig’s university campus work, especially his public debates with leading critics of Christianity. Discussion topics will include the nature and limits of apologetics, religious epistemology, arguments for and against the existence of God, arguments for and against Jesus’ resurrection, the relationship between ethics and God, the relationship between science and God, plus Craig’s “ultimate apologetic” (love).
This is a three credit hour, senior level course in philosophy which may be of interest to all current students and interested members of the surrounding communities, whether specializing in philosophy or not.
This course is available as a graduate-level course on request (advisor approval required).