Auckland Event: Introduction to Apologetics with Stuart McEwing

Earlier this year, I ran an apologetics course for beginners. By popular demand, I will be running this again for the next school term, beginning on May 7. There are no course fees. Your only expense is the course textbook.

All are welcome, even those who are skeptical about Christianity. Each lesson can be understood on its own, so feel free to come to any night that interests you. Of course, to get the full benefit of the course and see the cumulative case for Christianity properly developed, I’d recommend attending all.

Here are the details:

[pk_info_box width=”0″] What: Introduction to Apologetics: defending the faith with reason and evidence

When: Tuesdays, 7pm (beginning on May 7)

Where: Encounter Christian Centre 495 Rosebank Road Avondale New Zealand [/pk_info_box]

According to the apostle Paul, a minister of the gospel “must hold firmly to the trustworthy message as it has been taught, so that he can encourage others by sound doctrine and refute those who oppose it.” (Titus 1:9). It’s not enough to merely explain what Christianity is, Paul argues that it must also be defended. Apologetics is exactly this – providing a rational defense for the Christian truth-claims.

This course is for everyone who wants to dig deeper into the evidence for Christianity, confront honest questions about God and the Bible, and develop tools to talk effectively and meaningfully about the Gospel. Over ten weeks, we’ll examine topics like the evidence for Jesus’ resurrection, why God allows suffering, and how to declare the Gospel in a world that doesn’t believe in objective truth anymore. If you have ever wanted to connect your head with your heart or sharpen your evangelistic witness, this course can help you.

Course Overview:

7 May
01: Getting Started:
What is apologetics and why is it necessary?

14 May
02: Standing for Truth:
How do we declare the Gospel in todays world?

21 May
03: Cosmic Evidence:
For a Creator of the Universe

28 May
04: Design Evidence:
For a Fine-tuner of the Universe

7 June
05: Moral Evidence:
Does the universe need a Moral-lawgiver?

11 June
06: Historical Evidence Part I:
Who did Jesus believe he was?

18 June
07: Historical Evidence Part II:
Did Jesus rise from the dead?

25 June
08: Deliver us from Evil:
Can God and evil co-exist?

9 July
09: The Scandal of Particularism:
Is Jesus the Only Way?

9 July
10: By the Book:
Is the Bible a reliable guide to knowing God?

Course textbook:

On Guard: defending the faith with Reason and Precision

This is available at Manna bookstores or from the (which has free shipping and usually arrives within 7 days). The first three chapters are also viewable online as a google book. The kindle edition is available for about $9.

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