What this course is about
Thinking well about Scripture also means being able to answer the hard questions posed in the culture and church today. In this course, Dr. Bass focuses on New Testament controversies that in today’s conversation provokes criticism of the Bible as a reliable source of spiritual, theological, and historical truth. The goal is to expose how scholarly discussions as well as amateur discussions (those in the media or online environments) misrepresent these biblical controversial topics.
What you will learn
After completing this course, you should be able to:
- Identify New Testament controversies that provide contemporary skepticism about the Bible’s veracity.
- Discern the basis of skeptical criticism about controversial biblical topics and how to engage the issues honestly.
- Deconstruct skeptical conclusions about controversial topics and probe for points of incoherence.
- Apply rules for sound thinking to critique skeptical conclusions and formulate coherent alternatives.
How this course is taught
This course is completely online and self-paced. It consists of 15 modules that are structured as follows:
||These identify the module's key ideas and concepts.
||You will read texts, watch videos, and/or listen to podcasts to learn about a module's topic.
|Expand My Knowledge
||You will watch a 45-60 minute pre-recorded lecture by Dr. Heiser to build on what they learned.
|Apply My Knowledge
||You will complete a quiz and/or join a class discussion to use what they learned.
||Other articles, graphics, websites, etc. shared during the lecture or more material to go deeper in your learning of the topic are provided to you.
Instructional Material Requirements:
The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and are provided in the course.
You must be technologically capable to take this online course. Below is a list of the technology used in this course.
|Adobe Acrobat Reader DC
Some instructional material is provided as a PDF and Adobe Acrobat Reader is recommended for this course. With this tool, you can view, annotate, and print PDF documents. Install Adobe Acrobat Reader DC for free.
This course is facilitated through the learning management system Brightspace. When you enroll in this course, you will either checkout as an existing student and sign into your Brightspace account, or as a new student and create a new account. It is important you make note of your username and password. Review the Brightspace Platform Requirements as well as check your system capability.
|Brightspace Pulse App
You can take the course on a mobile device through the Brightspace Pulse app. It is available for download from any Google Play or Apple App store. Review the Brightspace Pulse Platform Requirements.
The pre-recorded lectures are hosted in Vimeo and are embedded in each module. A Vimeo account is not required to watch the lectures. Review the System Requirements for Viewing, Browsing, and Apps.
To successfully complete this course, you must complete all 15 quizzes within the course access dates. You have unlimited attempts, and are responsible for ensuring all quizzes are completed and successfully submitted. Once you successfully complete the course, you are awarded a Certification of Completion.
You do not receive a grade for this course. The focus is on learning and mastering the concepts.