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Reason and Revelation Volume 23 #7

Announcing: Advanced-Level Christian Evidences Correspondence Course

by  Bert Thompson, Ph.D.

In my “Note from the Editor” in the March 2001 issue of Reason & Revelation, I announced the availability of the new Apologetics Press introductory-level Christian Evidences Correspondence Course that Kyle Butt and I had co-authored. A few months later, in the October 2001 issue of R&R, I announced the publication of the intermediate-level course, which Eric Lyons and I co-wrote. In this month’s “Note from the Editor,” I am pleased to announce the last installment of this popular correspondence course series.

All of the courses have ten, 8-page lessons, each of which has been printed in full color on enameled paper in a large, easy-to-read typestyle, and contains professional artwork. In the introductory-level course, we intentionally wrote the lessons in an everyday vocabulary that would be appealing to young people, as well as to those who are incarcerated. Each lesson was designed to stand on its own, and contains written exercises on a tear-out sheet so that students may hand (or mail) them in for grading. The 10 lessons in the first series cover the following topics: the faces of unbelief; the existence of God (three parts, dealing with cause and effect, design, and morality); creation vs. evolution (two parts); a general introduction to the Bible; the inspiration of the Bible; what God expects of me (the Gospel plan of salvation); and the uniqueness and singularity of Christ’s church.

The intermediate-level course has been designed for the student who already has completed the first course, or for someone who simply wants to pursue a somewhat more in-depth study. The 10 lessons in the series include discussions on: faith and knowledge (two parts); how man is made in the image and likeness of God; Jesus Christ—Lord and Savior; Satan—his origin and mission; the problem of evil, pain, and suffering; the origin of the soul; the destiny of the soul; and creation and evolution (two parts).

Sample Images of Advanced Correspondence CourseThe new advanced-level Christian Evidences Correspondence Course, which Dr. Brad Harrub and I co-authored, picks up where the introductory-and intermediate-level courses left off. It presents in-depth discussions of the creation/evolution controversy (including topics such as the historical nature of Genesis 1-11, intelligent design, the Noahic Flood, the geologic timetable, the age of the Earth, and dinosaurs), the origin of human “races,” human cloning, abortion, the fate of those who have never heard the Gospel, and God’s view of an alien sinner’s prayer. Whereas the first series is intended as introductory material, and the second series builds on that, this third series is designed to challenge the student who is interested in a more in-depth approach, and who wants to “dig a little deeper” into the biblical and scientific matters with which these lessons deal.

In keeping with the style and format of the first two courses, each 8-page lesson is printed in full color, and is accompanied by exercises for the student to complete. Sets containing all 10 lessons are shrink-wrapped, and contain a separate answer sheet for the teacher’s use.

As with the introductory and intermediate courses, the study exercises in this course are printed in black ink on high-quality bond paper that allows for greater ease of writing (using a perforated sheet in the middle of the lesson so that upon completion, the student may hand them in for grading). [Each sheet has a place for the student’s name and address (for mailing purposes), and is designed to be returned to the person or group that purchased the course, rather than to the offices of Apologetics Press.] Cost for the Christian Evidences Correspondence Course is just $4.00/set ($3.50 each in quantities of 25 or more). To order with a credit card (or for invoicing to churches), call us toll free at 800/234-8558.



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