Richard Dawkins says that God does not exist and that religion is a virus for which he wants to find a cure. One of his disciples just published A Manual for Creating Atheists.
Oprah Winfrey says we are all spiritual beings having human experiences, while her spiritual guide Deepak Chopra says, “YOU ARE GOD!”
Bill Nye ridicules the Bible, casual atheists assert that Jesus never existed, and Muslims claim Jesus was never crucified, wasn’t resurrected, and that Christianity was hijacked by Paul and the Romans.
Our Worldview and Apologetics seminars and workshops help Christians understand and respond to these challenges to Christian thinking and living.
In America’s post-Christian culture, Christians need to be prepared to understand and be confident about the reasons for their faith, and sometimes defend their faith, in order to avoid being captured by false teachings and teachers. Seminars and workshops from Legacy Academic Consulting are designed to help attendees understand what a biblical worldview is, compare it with other worldviews, and learn how to defend in a winsome way the Christian faith. We emphasize basic differences in the ways different worldviews answer the big questions of life: Questions about God, what’s real, where do we come from, what’s the matter with people anyway? The way that people answer these questions has a profound impact on the way they think about the family, society, politics, and the economy.
Our motivation for this education mission is to help Christians in two areas: “See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ” (Colossians 2:8) while “always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you” (1 Peter 3:15). We endorse the concept of “Conversational Apologetics, “ in which Christians talk about the Christian faith without yelling.
What do you mean by Worldview and Apologetics?
A “worldview” is a set of beliefs about God, the way the world works, and what is wrong with people, if anything. Everyone has a worldview, even if they haven’t thought very much about why they think the way they do. Our seminars help attendees understand the essential building blocks of a Biblical Christian Worldview –a coherent set of beliefs that are based on biblical truth.
“Apologetics” is an approach to providing evidence, reasons and arguments for believe something. Christians for centuries have used apologetics to demonstrate that the basic principles of Christianity are reasonable. Biblical Apologetics provides evidence, reasons arguments that demonstrates why The Bible provides a reasonable basis for informing our faith and worldview.
A typical three-hour seminar will have the following sessions (topics will vary):
- Answering big questions about God. Does God Exist? (Hint: There are only two possibilities!) What is God like? How do different worldviews answer these questions? View a Sample Here.
- What is real? How do we know? Is the world around us all there is? How could we understand spiritual reality without being able to “show” it to someone? View a Sample Here.
- What’s the matter with people anyway? Why do people do bad things? Why do bad things happen to good people?
- Apologetics: Answering big challenges. How can Christians respond to such challenges as “If God were real, there would be no evil or suffering,” “Your bible isn’t reliable,” “Your Jesus didn’t rise from the dead,” or “You can’t prove that God exists.” View a Sample Here.
For in-depth Apologetics presentations, Legacy Academic partners with Dr. Timothy McGrew, of Western Michigan University, the Christian Apologetics Alliance, and the Library of Historical Apologetics.
Other topics are available, and can be tailored to your group’s interests, education level, and schedule. We can adapt presentations to longer seminars, a series of traditional lectures, or several sessions covering a wide range of topics. Contact us about a potential seminar or workshop for your group.