Christian History and Apologetics

TRUTH MATTERS: Knowing and Communicating Truth in a Confused World

Register now for this new eight-week course starting Thursday, Sept. 13. Designed for students and adults, this course will enable you to become more productive in conversations with unbelievers by asking thoughtful questions. Together we will explore the nature of truth and debunk many of the slogans that we hear all the time.

 


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.

 


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.

 


A Seminar in Bibliology

A study in the Origins, Composition, Inspiration, Interpretation, Canonization, and Transmission of the Bible Through the Centuries

Instructor:
Dr. Jefrey Breshears

 

Time and Location:
Tuesdays, August 14 - November 13, 7:00 - 8:30 PM
In the Ministry Center

 

Textbook:
Jefrey D. Breshears, Introduction To Bibliology (Wipf & Stock, 2017)


Course Fee:
$50 / $80 per couple.
Introduction to Bibliology textbook is available for $25.*
Introduction to Bibliology Study Guide is available for $10.

 

“Introduction to Bibliology" by Jefrey D. Breshears is the best, most substantive single-volume work in Bibliology available today. This should be required reading for all Christians who take Bible study seriously. – Wipf & Stock Publishers

 

Course synopsis:

Virtually everything Christians believe about truth and the nature of reality is derived either directly or inferentially from the Bible. But in our day many (if not most) people no longer consider the Bible to be an authoritative source for what they believe and how they live their lives.

 

Increasingly over the past 200 years, the Bible has been subjected to intense criticism – and not only by nonbelievers but often by Bible scholars, theologians and ministers who profess to be Christians.

 

This is why it is so vitally important that we develop an informed, thoughtful, and defensible philosophy of the Bible, and why it is imperative that we understand not only what the Bible teaches but why we should trust it as an infallible guide for what we believe and how we live.

 

In contrast to the common practice of Bible study, Bibliology is the study of the Bible. Although Bibliology is based on a knowledge and understanding of the contents of Scripture, the goal of Bibliology is not so much exegesis, hermeneutics, and the practical application of particular biblical principles as the development of a thoughtful philosophy of the Bible. In other words, Bibliology focuses on how we view the origins, the philosophy and the theology of the Bible, including issues related to divine inspiration, hermeneutics, canonicity, and biblical textual criticism – the preservation and transmission of the Bible through the centuries.

 

Integrating history, theology, philosophy and apologetics, The Areopagus Seminar in Bibliology is an interactive study built around directed readings and focused discussions of the major issues related to the development of an informed and defensible philosophy of the Bible.

 

Some of the topics we’ll cover include...

 

  • Why is it reasonable to believe the Bible was supernaturally-inspired, historically reliable, and doctrinally and morally authoritative?
  • Is there a difference between the kind of inspiration that we encounter in Scripture and that which motivates gifted writers, speakers, preachers, artists and composers to produce their works?
  • What are the origins of the Bible, and how were the early texts composed?
  • Does the Bible set forth a coherent, consistent, and comprehensive worldview and philosophy of life that is rational and defensible?
  • By what criteria were certain books included and excluded from the Bible?
  • How can we be confident that the biblical texts have been accurately preserved and transmitted through the centuries?

 

Join us for this important study. The topic and issues we cover will broaden and deepen your understanding of the history and content of the Bible, and as such, this truly is vital information that “Every Christian Should Know."

 

* Introduction to Bibliology is available in class for $25. The book can also be purchased online at Christianbook.com ($36+shipping) or at Amazon.com ($40 paperback, $9.99 Kindle).