Apologetics involves meeting and overcoming objections to the Faith in a charitable, patient, and respectful manner, presenting the logical, biblical and historical case for the Catholic-Christian worldview. This extended webinar will focus not just on the “what” of apologetics (i.e., the content of the case), but also the “how” of apologetics (i.e., the proper techniques necessary to successfully make the case).
Week 1: March 31 – April 6, 2014
Webinar Topic: "What is Catholic Apologetics?"
Live 1-hour webinar on April 1, 7:00 pm EDT.
Answer Me This (Chs. 1 – 2). (Provided in course pack.)
Prepare the Way, Part 1 – (25 minutes)
Prepare the Way, Part 2 – (25 minutes)
Post a 500-word reflection on the lecture & readings in the designated discussion area of the webinar site, commenting on the following:
What is apologetics and why is it important?
What are common pitfalls to avoid when doing apologetics?
What steps will you personally take to prepare yourself for engaging in apologetics?
Week 2: April 7-13, 2014
Webinar Topic: "Reaching out to Non-Catholics".
Live 1-hour webinar on April 8, 7:00 pm EDT.
“The White Man’s Burden” (Provided in course pack.)
Does the Bible Teach Sola Scriptura? (90 minutes) [Provided in course pack]
[Optional] What Still Divides Us? (3 hours) [Provided in course pack]
Does God Exist? Christopher Hitchens vs. William Lane Craig (2.5 hours)
Post a 500-word assessment of the debate(s) on identifying and explaining the specific arguments (i.e., biblical, historical, etc.) employed by both sides, discussing the relative effectiveness and/or ineffectiveness of said arguments. Where possible, offer recommendations on specific arguments and techniques that could have improved either or both sides of the debate.
Week 3: April 14-18, 2014
Webinar Topic: "Becoming a better Catholic Apologist"
Live 1-hour webinar on April 15, 7:00 pm EDT.
“Winning Souls, Not Just Arguments” (3 hours)
Matthew 26:17-30, Mark 14:12-26, Luke 22:7-39, John 13:1-17:26, 1 Cor. 11:23-32; Catechism of the Catholic Church CCC 1322-1419
Post a 500-word reflection on how you, personally, have been engaging in the work of apologetics (even if you didn’t know it) and will now be able to engage in the work of apologetics. Speak to this in terms of your current situation in life (work, family, friends, etc.)