Apologetics: The Top Ten Questions of the Christian Faith
4.9 (4 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
368 students enrolled
Wishlisted Wishlist

Please confirm that you want to add Apologetics: The Top Ten Questions of the Christian Faith to your Wishlist.

Add to Wishlist

Apologetics: The Top Ten Questions of the Christian Faith

Learn the answers to the most asked questions and issues of the Christian Faith. An Intro to Christian Apologetics
4.9 (4 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
368 students enrolled
Last updated 11/2014
English
Current price: $10 Original price: $20 Discount: 50% off
1 day left at this price!
30-Day Money-Back Guarantee
Includes:
  • 2.5 hours on-demand video
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
Have a coupon?
What Will I Learn?
Understand the 10 Most Troubling Questions Often Asked Within Christianity
View Curriculum
Requirements
  • No one needs to have any kind of a theology degree or anything like that; this course is designed to help those who have had basic questions about the faith, just like me!
  • Whether you have wondered questions about your faith for a while, or want to be able to learn how to answer others when they have questions, this course is perfect for you!
Description

I was that annoying kid, growing up in a Christian home, that just couldn't shut up. I had so many questions, I drove everyone crazy! "Did Adam have a belly button?" "Was there really a magic apple?" "Why didn't Eve flip out when a snake started talking to her?"

As I grew up, I became what I consider a 'Christian Skeptic'.

A Christian Skeptic? Isn't that a contradiction in terms? NO! I had to understand clearly WHY I would believe something before I would place my faith in it. I studied as much of philosophy and religion as I could find; I finally pursued an advanced degree in Christian Apologetics (why we believe what we believe).

If you're anything like me, or know someone who is, then this course was created for you!

+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

Lately, Christians have been accused of 'not thinking', or worse...

But, the field of Christian Apologetics is the study of What we believe, and Why

In this course, we cover 10 of the most troubling questions of the Faith - questions that most Christians have struggled with at one time or another, and that others outside the Faith may wonder about as well.

++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

The Top 10 Questions ./ Issues of the Faith:

1) Can I Make It to Heaven If I'm 'Good Enough'?

2) Isn't the Trinity Illogical?

3) Isn't Christianity Just a 'Crutch' for Weak Minded People?

4) Can a Modern Person Believe in Miracles?

5) Aren't Christians Intolerant?

6) How Can A Loving God Send Someone to Hell?

7) Isn't the Bible Full of Contradictions?

8) What About the Heather - Are They Lost Forever?

9) Where Did God Come From?

10) Where Did Evil Come From, and Why Does God Allow It?

Bonus Questions:

---Why Is the OT God So Evil?

---Why the Bible is So Special

---Why Christianity Makes Sense

++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

If you're a Christian and often wondered about these questions, then this course is for you.

If you're a seeker looking for the Christian perspective, this course is also for you.

20 Videos, lots of resource materials, including the lecture notes and PowerPoint's are available for further study.

++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

Taught by Michael Sutherland, Grad School Professor and author of the Christian Apologetics 101 Study Curriculum.

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is intended for Christians who have questions about their Faith, or for people just curious about what Christians believe and why.
Students Who Viewed This Course Also Viewed
Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 20 Lectures Collapse All 20 Lectures 02:19:12
+
The Top 10 Questions and Issues of the Christian Faith
9 Lectures 01:08:15

Many people think that Heaven is achievable by simply being 'good enough'... IOW, Jesus and His salvation isn't necessary - in this module we investigate whether this makes sense or not...

#1: Can't I Make It to Heaven if I'm 'Good Enough'?
04:06

Quiz Description

Lecture 1: Can I Make it to Heaven by just Being 'Good Enough'?
5 questions

The doctrinal concept of the Trinity is that there is One God in Three Persons - but is that a contradiction? How can one make sense of that?!

#2: Isn't the Trinity a Logical Impossibility?
10:18

Quiz Description

The Trinity
5 questions

Is Christianity just 'wish fulfillment'? Is Jesse Ventura right, that Christianity is a 'religion for losers'?

#3: Isn't Christianity Just a Crutch for Weak Minded People?
06:02

Quiz Description

Isn't Christianity a Crutch for Weak Minded People?
5 questions

Aren't miracles disproven by science? How can a person living in the 21st century believe in Miracles?

#4: Can a Person in the 21st Century Believe in Miracles?
08:28

Quiz Description
Miracles
5 questions

Christian's claim that their faith is the 'only way to God'. Isn't that being intolerant of others?

#5: Isn't Christianity Intolerant?
06:40

Quiz Description

Aren't Christian's Intolerant?
5 questions

Hell for an 'eternity' seems like quite a punishment - how could God be a 'loving God' and do that?

#6: How Can a Loving God Send Someone to Hell?
07:59

Quiz Description
How Can A Loving God Send Someone to Hell?
5 questions

The Bible is an ancient document, and filled with all kinds of errors and contradictions; therefore it can't be True? Or is it? Here we study how to read the Bible accurately, with the 'difficulties' in mind...

#7: Isn't the Bible Full of Contradictions?
08:27

Quiz Description

ISn't the Bible Full of Contradictions?
5 questions

If someone must pray to Jesus for forgivenenss of their sins, what happens to those poor folks who have no chance to ever hear about Him? Are they 'lost forever' because they had no chance? How is that fair?

#8: What About the Heathen? Are They Lost Forever?
07:01

Quiz Description

Are the Heathen Lost Forever?
5 questions

Christians say that God created everything - so what created God?

#9: Where Did God Come From?
09:14

Quiz Description
Where Did God Come From?
5 questions
+
#10 - The Problem of Evil
5 Lectures 28:03

If God is all powerful and all good, why does He not stop evil and suffering? If He can't, then He's not all powerful? If He won't, then He's not all good? And how could an all good God create evil anyway?

Preview 05:37

The Problem of Evil - The Logical Issue
06:35

The Problem of Evil - The Moral Problem
06:01

The Problem of Evil - Natural Evil
04:37

The Problem of Evil - The Existential Problem and Why Christianity is Unique
05:13
+
Bonus Materials
2 Lectures 15:50

The Bible is a unique book, with a unique message - there is nothing else like it. Also, included is a memorization hack that helps us internalize the key messages of the Bible. And, we discuss an introduction to the study of Hermeneutics - the art and science of Biblical interpretation.

Why The Bible is So Special
09:07

Quiz Description
The Singe Message of the Bible
3 questions

Why Is the Old Testament God so 'Evil'?
06:43
+
Why Christianity Makes Sense
4 Lectures 27:04

We all are on a Spiritual Journey - or what I call pursuit of a 'Life System': What we find important and why, and where we find purpose in life.

Preview 06:21

The big questions we all ask; those that separate us from the animals, and make us a special race. Why we ask them, and the various possibilities of answers...

The Journey Toward Truth
06:46

What is it that makes Christianity so unique - different from all other 'religions'

Comparitive Religion
07:09

The source of all joy and freedom: God's Grace

Christianity and Grace
06:48
About the Instructor
Michael Sutherland
4.9 Average rating
4 Reviews
368 Students
1 Course
Grad School Professor, Fortune 500 Executive, Truth Seeker

"...to he who is given much, much is expected..."

"...if your gift is teaching, then teach..."

<>----------------------<>

ALL of us should have the same goal - to Live your BEST life!

Are you achieving your full potential? Physically? Financially? Spiritually?

Wasted potential is a sin - literally.

God expects us all to achieve our potential, in service to Him, which in reality is service to others. It's literally what we are designed to do.

Ironically, the selfish pursuit of happiness via self-gratification leads to disappointment and eventual destruction. BUT - the unselfish pursuit of utilization of our talents and interests in the service of others is how we find meaning, gratification, fulfillment, and yes - happiness.

Everyone has a skill and a desire. Matching them up with our life goals - our relationships, career and life priorities - is the path to personal happiness.

Many things block our ability to align our desires with our priorities. Perhaps it is fear, or a physical impairment, or debt, or pain. Most likely it is a misplaced understanding of the REAL priorities as mentioned above - a self imposed mental misunderstanding of the meaning of life and of our personal importance in the world.

Education, study, and self contemplation is the key.

This is why I study the philosophy of religion (specifically Christian Apologetics), personal training (keeping our bodies fit physically and mentally), and economics (personal finance). These big three enlighten and enable me (us!) to build a solid base of meaning and purpose, the physical ability to work out that place in the world, and the financial ability to have the time to pursue these objectives, and to practice giving to those in need (of our time, talent, and treasure).

After all, how can one fully attain their personal, God given potential if they don't see their unique and special place in the world, bathed in Love and Grace and Hope and Meaning? Or if they are unfit and poisoning their bodies, limiting their physical ability to do effective work? Or, if we are a slave to debt or to the wasted fruits of our labor?

When we have the proper focus, we are free to explore what talents and desires God has blessed us with, and fully pursue them, fulfilling our personal destinies. Whether a CEO leading a large corporation to create significant value for many, or a single mother struggling to raise her children the best she can to be strong adults in a challenging world, we all have a place and a purpose.

Are you fulfilling your place in the world and purpose in life?

We find all this out via a proper education - this is why I teach.

Mike leads a global organization in the business world, travels the world routinely, and has an MBA.

Upon completion of that degree, he decided to continue studies pursuing the 'ultimate questions' at Biola University in Los Angeles, accomplishing an MA in the Philosophy of Religion – Christian Apologetics.

He is the Director of Renew Your Mind Ministries, an instructor at the Lay Bible Institute, and an adjunct Professor at the local university. A two - time former elder at his church, Mike also teaches Kindergarten Children's Church as well as many adult Apologetics classes.

He has conducted numerous Apologetics Conferences and Pastor's retreats, focusing on the topics of Apologetics and Current Event Evangelism.

He teaches many who want to learn about his investment methods, personal finance classes, and mentors many young adults.

<>---------------------<>

"...always give more than you take..."

"...teach a man to fish..."