Accessible Apologetics: Curriculum Review
by Holly Ordway
Greg’s Note: I am very excited to have received a copy of the Accessible Apologetics curriculum from its author, Mikel Del Rosario (aka ‘Apologetics Guy’), to review on TPE. Regular readers should know by now that I am a huge proponent of getting apologetics into the church, and from what I have seen from looking over this material so far, I can see that Accessible Apologetics is a great way to introduce your small group or Sunday school class to apologetics! I will write my own review once I’ve had the time to look over the material in more detail, but for now, I’m going to pass along Holly Ordway’s review just so I can go ahead and get the news out about this exciting course.
Apologetics, the defense of the truth of the Christian faith, is an essential component of Christian education. Its value for believers is twofold: first, to strengthen faith by showing the reasons and evidence for what we believe, and second, to equip us to share the truth with others.
Bringing apologetics into the curriculum at church may seem a daunting task, especially if you’re starting from scratch or have no trained apologists in your church. That’s where Mikel del Rosario’s Accessible Apologetics program comes in. Mikel’s ministry is accurately described in the title of the course: accessible apologetics. That is, apologetics training that is readily available and usable for teachers and pastors in the local church, and readily understandable for ordinary people in the church who may or may not have heard of this “apologetics” thing before.
I’ve been following Mikel’s work with interest for a while now – he’s an graduate of the apologetics program that I’m finishing up now, Biola University’s MA in Christian Apologetics, which is an outstanding interdisciplinary program that equips its graduates for outstanding work in ministries of teaching, speaking, and writing. I’m impressed with the quality of his work, both in the Accessible Apologetics program and in his speaking ministry; he does a great job of connecting the top-level apologetics work being done today with the local church and individual believers.
Let’s take a look at the Accessible Apologetics curriculum.
It’s divided into five units, each of which has two sections (allowing for Accessible Apologetics to be easily run as either a five- or ten-week complete course). The first thing that I noticed is the well-thought-out progression of material. The first unit, which serves as an introduction, addresses the questions of “What is Christian Apologetics?” and “Why Defend My Faith?” This is an outstanding way to begin! As a college professor myself, I know that if my students don’t understand the reason why we’re covering a subject, they’re unlikely to really connect with it. Too often, those of us who are excited about apologetics forget that our brothers and sisters may be encountering for the first time the ideas that we now take for granted. They may think that apologetics is just for pastors or teachers, and they may never have thought about how apologetics can help them share their faith…
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You can check out Mikel Del Rosario’s blog here: Apologetics Guy
Go directly to the Accessible Apologetics page here