Christian History and Apologetics

We live in a post-Christian culture in which many people no longer acknowledge the reality of absolute truth and the authority of the Bible.  Unfortunately, many Christians have only a superficial knowledge and understanding of Christian history and the factual and rational bases for the Christian faith.  In order to understand the Christian faith better and share their faith more effectively in the midst of our increasingly skeptical and pluralistic culture, Christians need to be prepared to respond intelligently and lovingly to the many misconceptions and challenges posed by non-believers of all kinds -- atheists, skeptics, cultists, New Agers, honest spiritual seekers, and people of other religions.

 

These seminar classes, sponsored by Dr. Jefrey Breshears and The Areopagus, will broaden and deepen your understanding of the Christian faith and equip you to share the love and truth of Jesus Christ more effectively in your interactions with other Christians and non-Christians alike.


What Every Christian Should Know About American Christian History - Part 2

Instructor:
Dr. Jefrey Breshears


Time and Location:
Tuesdays, started Jan 14 (but it’s not too late to join!) | 7:00 - 8:30 PM
In the Fellowship Hall 


Texts:

  • The Late Great Jesus Movement: A Retrospective ($10)
  • Outline notes will be sent out via e-mail on a regular basis for each week’s topic.


Registration Tuition:
$60 / $100 per couple.


Course Synopsis:
“What Every Christian Should Know About American Christian History” is a 12-week series that focuses on some of the most significant people, issues, and events in both early and recent American Christian history. In Part 1 of this two-part series we covered many of the key themes in colonial history through the American Revolution, and this course takes us into the 19th and 20th centuries. Among the topics we will cover are the following:

  1. The Twenty Most Significant and Influential People in American Christian History
  2. The Origins of American Theological Liberalism
  3. Was America Founded as a ‘Christian Nation’?
  4. The Faiths of the Founding Fathers
  5. Christian Involvement in the Civil War
  6. Christian Responses to Darwinism and Modern Science
  7. The Fundamentalist/Modernist Controversy
  8. The Modern Charismatic and Word of Faith Movements
  9. The Life and Theology of Martin Luther King Jr.
  10. America’s Last Great Revival: The Jesus Movement of the 1960s and ‘70s

Two additional topics, options include:

  • American Christianity and Slavery
  • The Second Great Awakening
  • Major Cults and Alternative Religious Movements of the 19th Century
  • Princeton Theology and the American Reformed Tradition
  • The Origins of Dispensationalism
  • The Origins of the Holiness and Pentecostal Movements
  • The Scopes “Monkey” Trial of 1925
  • Twentieth Century Evangelical Christianity