NextLevel Online: Apologetics

by Chad Ragsdale

Dr. Chad Ragsdale, academic dean and New Testament faculty at Ozark Christian College, will help answer your questions about faith, truth, and suffering. This study will help you wrestle with hard questions and learn to effectively communicate and engage with our culture.

Apologetics



Lessons

Session 1
Session 1

What is Apologetics?

Session 1 is an introduction to Apologetics. This session helps us understand its meaning and what it says about Christian faith.

Session 2
Session 2

The Method of Apologetics

In this session, Chad talked about several different reasons why people don’t believe and how to defend our faith. It is also includes an explanation why we have to always “remember the goal".

Session 3
Session 3

Faith and Doubt

In this session, Chad talked about external and internal confirmation for faith.

Session 4
Session 4

Truth

Three different kinds of truth is introduced in this session.

Session 5
Session 5

God

In this session, Chad outlined several arguments for God’s existence.

Session 6
Session 6

God (Part 2)

This sesion presents an argument that we each have a longing within us for meaning which cannot be satisfied by anything in this world. In this session. The four “echoes of Eden is also exlpained in this sesion.

Session 7
Session 7

Resurrection

Chad listed four minimal facts regarding the resurrection in this session.

Session 8
Session 8

Suffering

Chad said in this session that our first response to suffering should not necessarily be apologetics but pastoral. What is most needed from us when we are going through pain and suffering?

Session 9
Session 9

Scandal

This session explains that there are some things about Christianity that are a scandal to many people today. Chad argued that Christianity is not anti-progress, but has actually led to progress whenever it is introduced into a culture.

Session 10
Session 10

Culture

In this session, Chad explains that culture is the concrete expression of abstract ideas and values. One of the ways that we engage our culture is to look at what our culture produces and identify what sorts of values are being communicated.