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Online · School of Divinity · Willmington School Of The Bible


  • CG
  • Section 8WK
  • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020
  • Modified 01/21/2022

Course Description

A survey of the evidences for the central truths of Christianity: the existence of God, the deity and resurrection of Christ, and the authority and truth of the Bible.


For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.


This course exists to provide students with the skills necessary to put their biblical knowledge into action. One of the primary goals of this program is to equip students to effectively share their faith with this world. In this course, students will be challenged to synthesize their biblical and theological education in a way that spurs them on toward praxis. The aim of this course is to create effectively-trained ministers of the New Covenant who can go into the world and give the reasons for our hope (2 Peter 3:15).

Course Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Create a reasoned defense of the Christian faith.
  2. Summarize the reasons why non-Christians reject the gospel.
  3. Outline the minimalist approach for presenting an apologetic of Christ’s resurrection.
  4. Defend a biblical worldview in light of contemporary criticisms against Christianity.
  5. Identify logical fallacies.
  6. Design an action plan for implementing intentional apologetics in their life.

Course Resources

Click on the following link to view the required resource(s) for the term in which you are registered: Liberty University Online Bookstore

Additional Materials for Learning

  1. Computer with basic audio/video output equipment
  2. Internet access (broadband recommended)
  3. Canvas recommended browsers
  4. Microsoft Word (Microsoft Office is available at a special discount to Liberty University students.)
  5. Turabian-Based Interactive Writing Guide - Overview | Rise 360 (
  6. Bible

Course Assignments

Textbook readings and presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Course Overview.

Discussions (4)

The student is required to create a thread in response to the provided topic for each discussion. Each thread is to be 300-400 words and support assertions with at least 2 citations in current Turabian format. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be at least 100-250 words and support assertions with at least 1 citation for each reply in current Turabian format. (CLOs: A, D, E)

Apologetic Interviews Assignments

The student will interview 4 individuals who do not consider themselves to be Christians. The interviews will consist of prescripted questions regarding the individual’s personal worldview and view of Christianity. The student must follow the instructions and use the template provided in the Assignment Instructions folder. (CLOs: B)

Resurrection Apologetic Assignment

The student will present a summary and defense of Christ’s resurrection using the minimalist facts argument. This paper should follow the instructions and template provided in the course along with Turabian guidelines. The paper must be 1000-1300 words in length and includes 4-6 scholarly references (two of which should be utilized in the Minimalist Fact Argument section). (CLOs: C)

Apologetic Action Plan Assignment

The student will submit a personal action plan regarding how they anticipate applying an apologetic lifestyle in their life based on what they have learned in this course. This action plan will follow a specific outline and template provided in the Assignment Instructions folder. This assignment should be 3-5 pages in length, double-spaced, Times New Roman, 12 pt. font. (CLOs: F)

Quizzes (3)

The student will complete three quizzes in the course. Quiz: Fallacy is an open-book/open-notes quiz that contains 20 multiple-choice questions. The student will have 45 minutes to complete this quiz, which can be taken up to 3 times. Both Quiz: Midterm and Quiz: Final contain 20–25 questions consisting of multiple-choice, are open-book/open-notes, and the student will have 60 minutes to complete them. (CLOs: A, B, C, D, E)

Course Grading

Course Requirements Checklist


Discussions (4 at 75 pts. ea.)


Apologetic Interviews Assignment


Resurrection Apologetic Assignment


Apologetic Action Plan Assignment


Quizzes (1 at 50 pts.; 2 at 100 pts. ea.)




Course Policies

Style Guidelines

All assignments for this course are to be formatted in accordance with the John W. Rawlings School of Divinity Writing Guide and the latest edition of the Turabian style manual (A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations). Discussion assignments and essay examinations may use the parenthetical citation style. All other written assignments should use the footnote citation style. Supplemental writing aids are available via the Online Writing Center.

Extra Credit

No additional “for credit” assignments will be permitted beyond those given in the course requirements stated above.

Course Changes

Course requirements are subject to change by the administration of the University at any time with appropriate notice.


Late Assignment Policy

Course Assignments, including discussions, exams, and other graded assignments, should be submitted on time.

If the student is unable to complete an assignment on time, then he or she must contact the instructor immediately by email.

Assignments that are submitted after the due date without prior approval from the instructor will receive the following deductions:

  1. Late assignments submitted within one week after the due date will receive up to a 10% deduction.
  2. Assignments submitted more than one week and less than 2 weeks late will receive up to a 20% deduction.
  3. Assignments submitted two weeks late or after the final date of the course will not be accepted outside of special circumstances (e.g. death in the family, significant personal health issues), which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the instructor.
  4. Group projects, including group discussion threads and/or replies, and assignments will not be accepted after the due date outside of special circumstances (e.g. death in the family, significant personal health issues), which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the instructor.

Disability Assistance

Students with a disability and those with medical conditions associated with pregnancy may contact Liberty University’s Online Office of Disability Accommodation Support (ODAS) at [email protected] for accommodations.  Such accommodations require appropriate documentation of your condition.   For more information about ODAS and the accommodations process, including how to request an accommodation, please visit Requests for accommodations not related to disabilities or pregnancy must be directed to the Registrar’s Office, which generally handles medical needs support.

If you have a complaint related to disability discrimination or an accommodation that was not provided, you may contact ODAS or the Office of Equity and Compliance by phone at (434) 592-4999 or by email at [email protected].  Click to see a full copy of Liberty’s Discrimination, Harassment, and Sexual Misconduct Policy or the Student Disability Grievance Policy and Procedures.

Course Attendance

In an effort to comply with U.S. Department of Education policies, attendance is measured by physical class attendance or any submission of a required assignment within the enrollment dates of the course (such as examinations, written papers or projects, any discussion posts, etc.) or initiating any communication with one’s professor regarding an academic subject. More information regarding the attendance policy can be found in the Academic Course Catalogs. Regular attendance in online courses is expected throughout the length of the term. Students who do not attend within the first week of a sub-term by submitting a required academic assignment (such as the Course Requirements Checklist, an examination, written paper or project, discussion post, or other academic activity) will be dropped from the course. Students who wish to re-engage in the course are encouraged to contact Academic Advising to discuss their enrollment options. Students who begin an online course, but at some point in the semester cease attending, and do not provide official notification to withdraw, will be assigned a grade of “FN” (Failure for Non-Attendance). Students wishing to withdraw from courses after the official start date should familiarize themselves with the withdrawal policy.

Grading Scale

900-1010 800-899 700-799 600-699 0-599

For courses with a Pass/NP final grade, please refer to the Course Grading section of this syllabus for the assignment requirements and/or point value required to earn a Passing final grade.

Add/Drop Policy

The full policy statement and procedures are published in the Policy Directory.

Honor Code

Liberty University comprises a network of students, Alumni, faculty, staff and supporters that together form a Christian community based upon the truth of the Bible. This truth defines our foundational principles, from our Doctrinal Statement to the Code of Honor. These principles irrevocably align Liberty University’s operational procedures with the long tradition of university culture, which remains distinctively Christian, designed to preserve and advance truth. Our desire is to create a safe, comfortable environment within our community of learning, and we extend our academic and spiritual resources to all of our students with the goal of fostering academic maturity, spiritual growth and character development.

Communities are predicated on shared values and goals. The Code of Honor, an expression of the values from which our Doctrinal Statement was born, defines the fundamental principles by which our community exists. At the core of this code lie two essential concepts: a belief in the significance of all individuals, and a reliance on the existence of objective truth.

While we acknowledge that some may disagree with various elements of the Code of Honor, we maintain the expectation that our students will commit to respect and uphold the Code while enrolled at Liberty University.

Adherence to the principles and concepts established within facilitates the success of our students and strengthens the Liberty community.

The Code of Honor can be viewed in its entirety at


Course calendar and related activities
When Topic Notes
Course Overview
Student Acknowledgements

Course Requirements Checklist

Module 1: Week 1

Read: 3 items

Watch: 5 items


Discussion: Informal Fallacies

Quiz: Fallacy

Module 2: Week 2

Read: 3 items

Watch: 2 items


Apologetic Interviews Assignment

Module 3: Week 3

Read: 3 items

Watch: 1 item


Discussion: Truth and Reason

Module 4: Week 4

Read: 3 items

Watch: 2 items


Quiz: Midterm

Module 5: Week 5

Read: 4 items

Watch: 4 items


Resurrection Apologetic Assignment

Module 6: Week 6

Read: 7 items

Watch: 2 items


Discussion: Apologetic in Action

Module 7: Week 7

Read: 4 items

Watch: 3 items


Apologetic Action Plan Assignment

Module 8: Week 8

Read: 7 items

Watch: 3 items


Discussion: Validity of Christianity

Quiz: Final