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Online · School of Divinity · Theological Studies

C.S. Lewis and the Apologetic Imagination
APOL-330

  • CG
  • Section 8WK
  • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020
  • Modified 01/13/2020

Course Description

This course examines the apologetic writings of C. S. Lewis. Particular focus is given to understanding Lewis within his context as well as drawing from various aspects of his apologetic approach for the current cultural moment.

Requisites

Prerequisite

APOL 220

Rationale

At the Provost’s request, we are providing an A.A. in Apologetics to complement the new Apologetics cognate in the B.S. in Religion and the new Apologetics minor. This course helps to satisfy these efforts.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Recognize the presuppositions which undergird Lewis’ apologetic.
  2. Explain C.S. Lewis’ moral argument for God’s existence.
  3. Describe how C.S. Lewis’ approach was fitting for his historical and cultural context.
  4. Apply C.S. Lewis’ apologetic system/arguments to today’s context.

Course Resources

Required Resources

The resources below are provided in the course at no cost to the student.

Baggett, David, Gary Habermas, and Jerry Walls. C.S. Lewis as Philosopher: Truth, Goodness, and Beauty. 2nd ed. Lynchburg: LU Press, 2017.

Lewis, C. S. Mere Christianity. New York: Harper Collins, 1952.

Lewis, C. S. Screwtape Letters. New York: Harper Collins, 1996.

Disclaimer: The above resources provide information consistent with the latest research regarding the subject area. Liberty University does not necessarily endorse specific personal, religious, philosophical, or political positions found in these resources.

Additional Materials for Learning

    1. Computer with basic audio/video output equipment
    2. Internet access (broadband recommended)
    3. Blackboard recommended browsers
    4. Microsoft Office
    5. School of Divinity Writing Guide: https://www.liberty.edu/divinity/index.cfm?PID=28160

Course Assignments

Textbook readings and video presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be at least 500 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be at least 150 words. (MLOs: A, B, C, D)

Essays (4)

Essay 1

The student will write a 1000-word letter written in a way that is in keeping with the style and agenda of uncle Screwtape in Screwtape Letters. (MLOs: A, D)

Essays 2–3

The student will write two 1000-word essays that completely satisfy the prompts given for the respective modules/weeks. Each essay should use current Turabian format. For Essay 2, the student will cite support from a minimum of 2 scholarly sources. (MLOs: A, B, C, D)

Essay 4

The student will write a 500-word essay that completely satisfies the prompt given in Module/Week 8. The essay must use current Turabian format, and cite support from scholarly sources. (MLOs: A, C, D)

Quizzes (7)

Quizzes 1–4

Each quiz will cover the Reading & Study material for the assigned module(s)/week(s). Each quiz will be open-book/open-notes, contain 25 multiple-choice and true/false questions, and have a 50–minute time limit. (MLOs: A)

Quizzes 5–7

Each quiz will cover the Reading & Study material for the assigned module(s)/week(s). Each quiz will be open-book/open-notes, contain 2 essay questions, and have a 50–minute time limit. (MLOs: A, C, D)

Course Grading

Course Requirements Checklist

10

Discussion Board Forums (4 at 75 pts ea)

300

Essays (4)

Essays 1–3 (100 pts ea)

300

Essay 4

50

Quizzes (7 at 50 pts ea)

350

Total

1010

Policies

Late Assignment Policy

Course Assignments, including discussion boards, 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 board 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 https://www.liberty.edu/online/online-disability-accommodation-support/. 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 board 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 board 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

A B C D F
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 http://www.liberty.edu/index.cfm?PID=19155.

Schedule

APOL 330

Textbooks: Baggett et al., C. S. Lewis as Philosopher: Truth, Goodness, and Beauty (2017).

Lewis, Mere Christianity (1952).

Lewis, Screwtape Letters (1996).

Module/Week

Reading & Study

Assignments

Points

1

Lewis (1996): 1–15

1 presentation

Course Requirements Checklist

Class Introductions

DB Forum 1

Quiz 1

10

0

75

50

2

Lewis (1996): 16–31

1 presentation

Essay 1

Quiz 2

100

50

3

Lewis (1952): Books 1–2

1 presentation

DB Forum 2

Quiz 3

75

50

4

Lewis (1952): Book 3

1 presentation

Essay 2

Quiz 4

100

50

5

Baggett et al.: ch 1

1 presentation

DB Forum 3

Quiz 5

75

50

6

Baggett et al.: chs. 5–6

1 presentation

Essay 3

Quiz 6

100

50

7

Baggett et al.: chs. 9–10

1 presentation

DB Forum 4

Quiz 7

75

50

8

Baggett et al.: ch 18

1 presentation

Essay 4

50

Total

1010

DB = Discussion Board

NOTE: Each course module/week (except Module/Week 1) begins on Tuesday morning at 12:00 a.m. (ET) and ends on Monday night at 11:59 p.m. (ET). The final module/week ends at 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Friday.