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Be sure to check out our apologetics certificate and literary apologetics certificate.

Every course that ACM offers will be available throughout the year. HOWEVER, the courses will only be facilitated during three particular months--the same months every year: October, February, and May. Facilitators will still be available outside of those months, but interaction with facilitators will be much more limited.

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$250. This is the discussion interface for those taking Module 3 of the general apologetics certificate, "Historicity of Jesus and the Resurrection." This module is available 'a la carte'. Required Texts: The Quest of the Historical Jesus by Albert Schweitzer The Historical Jesus by Gary Habermas Who Moved the Stone? by Frank Morison Evidences of Christianity by William Paley The Historical Jesus: Five Views by James K. Beilby, Paul R. Eddy , Robert M. Price , John Dominic Crossan, Luke Timothy Johnson, James D.G. Dunn, Darrell L. Bock Jesus Under Fire: Modern Scholarship Reinvents the Historical Jesus edited by Michael Wilkins and J. P. Moreland ### Module 1: The Bible$250. This is the discussion interface for those taking Module 1 of the general apologetics certificate, "Where it all Began."  This module is available 'a la carte'.

The Bible (in a translation that emphasizes accuracy; not a paraphrase)

Moody’s Atlas of the Bible

An Exhaustive Concordance of the student’s choice

An interlinear Bible for those who do not know Greek, or a lexicon for those who do (or both, if you like!)

A Commentary or a series of commentaries encompassing most of the Bible.

A Systematic Theology of the student's choice

How to Understand Your Bible by T. Norton Sterrett

8 weeks. $200. Anyone interested in effectively transmitting the faith to another person, or to the next generation, will find themselves equipped and challenged. Sunday School Teachers, Bible class instructors, and even parents, authors, and artists will be presented with the essentials of the Bible, along with an apologetic emphasis. The goal is to not only orient people with information about the Bible, but to highlight points of friction with today's challenges to the Christian faith. The course covers material that reflects areas of agreement shared by nearly all Christian denominations. For more information about the course layout, curriculum, format, and discounts for groups, please visit this page. ### Christ Promised in the Old Testament 2 Weeks.$100. Could you demonstrate that Jesus was the Christ from the Old Testament alone as the apostles did? (Acts 17:11, 18:28, 1 Cor 15:3). This survey of major OT evidences for Jesus as the Christ will help you see how Christianity and Judaism were related why Jews found it compelling at the time. This is an introduction that will help in personal growth and evangelism efforts.

Strongly Suggested Materials: The Bible.

4 weeks. $100. This course is an introduction to basic Christian beliefs and how one ought to live out the Christian life for the glory of God. The course is divided into four weeks according the the four sections of the book, Mere Christianity. One section a week will be required reading for the class, along with supplemental online material provide by the course instructor. Required reading: Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis, plus additional online material provided by the Instructor. ### Survey of the Pentateuch 6 weeks.$100. Anthony Horvath taught Old Testament for four years at the 7th and 9th grade levels.

The Old Testament is an important but often overlooked part of Christianity. Understanding the New Testament requires a broad understanding of the Old but because of its size and the diversity of styles, knowledge of the OT often consists of random but famous bible stories, such as David and Goliath. This survey will cover the first five books of the Old Testament, also known as the Pentateuch, and address them in light of the New Testament and Christianity. This survey will lay a foundation for further study of the Old Testament and highlight why this is necessary for an understanding of the New Testament.

Strongly Suggest Materials: The Bible, and more TBA

### The Death of Christianity

4 weeks. FREE. Suggested Materials: Internet readings, guided tour. Christianity is demonstrably on the decline in America. This course documents that decline, probes the causes, and suggests solutions. Based on the content found at www.deathofchristianity.com, this course is centered heavily on discussion between the participants.

4 weeks. $100. This is an introductory course for learning logic and critical thinking skills to aid you in defending the Christian Faith. Required reading: A Rulebook for Arguments by Anthony Weston and Come Let Us Reason by Norman Geisler and Ronald M. Brooks, plus online material provided by the Instructor. Recommended reading: Asking the Right Questions by M. Neil Browne and Stuart M. Keeley ### Logic, Philosophy, and Worldview Analysis 6 weeks.$150.  This course evaluates various philosophical perspectives that have had a bearing on the credibility of the Christian worldview.   Specific examples include Hume, Kant, Popper, Flew, and Plantinga, but this course also includes a general overview of philosophic systems, since it is not possible to address every relevant instance. While the introduction to Logic course is highly recommended, it is not required.

Required Reading:  An Introduction to Philosohpical Logic by A.C. Grayling, The Golden Rule of Epistemology, by Anthony Horvath (available as pdf within the class), The Problems of Philosophy by Bertrand Russell and Flatland, by Edwin A. Abbot.

4 weeks. $100. This class surveys the development of the New Testament documents and the formation of the canon in a basic, introductory fashion. It then proceeds to discuss basic principles of literary interpretation and applies those principles to a number of alleged biblical contradictions. Required Materials: The New Testament Documents: Are They Reliable? by F.F. Bruce. ### The Historical Jesus: A Survey of the Evidence 4 weeks.$100.  In modern times it has become fashionable to dispute that Jesus even existed. This course will survey the evidence for his existence and go further and discuss the evidence for the existence of Jesus as Christians believe him to be. Some challenges to the Christian view will be raised and addressed but the emphasis will be on a straightforward analysis of the evidence. TWO 90 minute lectures by Dr. Gary Habermas exclusively available to the academy are provided in this course.

Strongly Suggested Materials.... The Historical Jesus by Dr. Gary Habermas, Jesus under Fire by Wilkens and Moreland, The Quest of the Historical Jesus by Albert Schweitzer, and others.

$150. Experienced producer and screenwriter Robert A. Kramer provides this introductory course to the screenwriting craft. ### Principles of Literary Apologetics 6 weeks.$125. Suitable for both Christian writers and Christian apologists, this course delves deeper into 20th century Christian authors that remain influential today because of their nonfiction and fiction. Just why do these authors have an enduring impact? What was their secret?

The course participant will grapple with what the following authors thought about 'literary apologetics': C. S. Lewis, Dorothy Sayers, G. K. Chesterton, and Flannery O'Connor.

The course will put forward this challenge to both writers and apologists: given the effectiveness and enduring impact of these authors, shouldn't we more deliberately consider adopting their vision, perspective, and approach?

### Writing for Publication

This is a capstone project for those in our literary apologetics certificate program, and not open to the general public.

### The Writing Process

4 Weeks. \$100. In this four-week writing workshop, participants will learn how to make their writing process more effective and more productive, leading to more powerful, compelling writing. This course focuses on the stages of idea generation, drafting, revision, and copy-editing: participants will learn how to improve their writing with distinctive strategies for each stage. This is a workshop class: participants will post examples of their own work in progress, receive feedback, and comment on each other's work. (Note: the fourth stage of the writing process, Wordsmithing, has its own course which can be taken before, after, or concurrently with this course.)

### Bill's Worldview course

Course Under Development