Stephen J. Meyer (Ph.D. Cambridge) stated very pointedly that “If your belief is only based on private experience, then you will keep your beliefs in the private sphere. But if you have a confidence that your beliefs are based on publicly accessible evidence, and good arguments based on those evidences, then you will take those beliefs, your faith, into the public arena. And you will act on it, in public and you will make a difference in the wider world.” Apologetics gives those publicly accessible evidences and arguments. Apologetics can and has had a dramatic impact on students and their interaction with culture.
Our mission is to increase the total amount of Apologetic classes taught at evangelical Christian schools with the ultimate goal to provide solid evidence and reasons for the truth of Christianity for students enrolled in those institutions.
Statement of Need
1. Several studies have presented a trend of “falling away from the faith” when Christian students attend college.
When teenagers were asked, “Why did you fall away from the faith in which you were raised?” The most common answer was intellectual skepticism. (Smith, 89)
2. Students who don’t “fall away from the faith” tend not to meet challenges against their faith and remain silent in the face of confrontation because of lack of information about the evidence for Christianity
An increase in the number of evangelical Christian schools teaching Apologetics can counteract this trend of “falling away.”
1. Increase awareness of the need of Apologetics for our students in various conferences and venues
2. Provide direction to usable resources for Apologetic classes
3. Contact seminaries and universities that provide Apologetic training and inform them of the need for Apologetic teachers
Apologetics Educational Initiative Conference
Our regional Apologetics Educational Initiative Conference is a two day event with in-depth training on how to successfully implement an Apologetic class at your school. Focus areas include developing curriculum for an Apologetics class and dealing with controversial issues in an Apologetical context. Attendees will also be equipped with the tools and resources for professional development.