“Always be ready to give a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you, but do this with gentleness and respect.” 1 Peter 3:15-16
If you’re interested in being able to defend your faith capably and thoroughly, then you should consider taking Mr. Daniel Wiiki’s class, “Apologetics”. Mr. Wiiki says, “Apologetics is an important topic for anyone who is a Christian, who has questions about Christianity, or who wants to be able to communicate their faith to others more effectively.” Students will learn how to answer “the tough questions of life”, including the problem of evil, suffering, truth, religious violence, science vs. faith, hell, sin, etc.
Regarding homework, students should expect weekly reading assignments, along with lively discussions with fellow students. These discussions will revolve around weekly topics, which include different religions and how to converse with others who believe in them. Mr. Wiiki says, “The reading and assignments in the class are practical and interactive, and point us to be able to understand and communicate to a world that sees things very differently. Most students say that the balance of work is just right—enough to keep you engaged, but not too much to be overwhelming.”
The books used in this class are “The Reason for God” by Timothy Keller, “More than a Carpenter” by Josh McDowell, “The Popular Encyclopedia of Apologetics” (Hinson and Carter), and, of course, the Bible. There are no prerequisites for this class. Since some of the topics discussed are pretty heavy and intense, this class is recommended for students in tenth to twelfth grades.
This class not only equips students to better defend their faith, but also to strengthen their personal relationships with God. They will also learn about other religions, including Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, etc., and how to speak about their faith to them. Students will learn how to answer pertinent questions regarding the Christian worldview, and that such questions should not be demeaned or ignored. In fact, Mr. Wiiki says, “Our God is big enough to handle our questions—even doubts are able to do good work when brought honestly before God and considered in the light of His Word.”
Other concepts discussed in this course are events crucial to the Christian faith, including the Cross, the significance of the Resurrection, and the importance of the law and grace. Also, students will learn in this class that the most important apologetic for the Christian faith is a life genuinely lived for God.
In conclusion, if you’re entering your senior year and wish to strengthen your relationship with God and prepare yourself for college, or you want to explore the foundation of the Christian faith on a deeper and more spiritual level, consider taking Mr. Daniel Wiiki’s “Apologetics” class.