Biblical Worldview Seminars

WHAT EVERY CHRISTIAN MUST KNOW ABOUT THEOLOGY, PHILOSOPHY, AND APOLOGETICS

“If all the world were Christian it might not matter if all the world were uneducated. But, as it is, a cultural life will exist outside the Church whether it exists inside or not. To be ignorant and simple now—not to be able to meet the enemies on their own ground—would be to throw down our weapons, and to betray our uneducated brethren who have, under God, no defence but us against the intellectual attacks of the heathen. Good philosophy must exist, if for no other reason, because bad philosophy needs to be answered. The cool intellect must work not only against the cool intellect on the other side, but against the muddy heathen mysticisms which deny intellect altogether. Most of all, perhaps, we need intimate knowledge of the past. Not that the past has any magic about it, but because we cannot study the future, and yet need something to set against the present, to remind us that the basic assumptions have been quite different in different periods and that much of what seems certain to the uneducated is merely temporary fashion.”

– C.S. Lewis

The Church has an education problem. You can read more about that here, but you probably don’t need much convincing on that front if you are reading this page. It will suffice to say that most Christian Americans can’t answer simple questions about the why behind Christianity. We don’t know why we believe what we believe, and we can’t logically defend our beliefs. Many of us also cannot perform basic scriptural exegesis, and many of us really don’t know what it means to live the costly grace life of discipleship. If we can’t do any of the above, we can’t counter bad philosophy—we can’t stand for the Truth, Beauty, and Goodness of Christ Jesus. 

The Biblical Worldview Seminars exist to help us get there. 

How it Works

Each book is a course. These courses are designed to be completed over a number of years, at your own pace. Yes, years. We have intentionally made the time expectations low because we expect you are engaged in full-time work or study and that you will be completing the course in thirty minute increments, a few days per week. 

 We will be building out this course of study over the next few years. Our intention is to eventually publish seminars on all of these works via our podcast, but for now expect some courses to have no other associated content. We have, however, launched discussion forums in which anyone can ask questions about these texts whenever they would like. 

Each year or stage in this plan of study is designed to prepare you–intellectually and spiritually–to tackle the next stage of study. You may, of course, skip around if you like–but we do not recommend doing too much of that. For example, we would not recommend reading the atheistic texts in year three and four until you have read the apologetics books that proceed them.

For the books of the Bible, we recommend you purchase the NIV Study Bible  and that you read the introductions to each chapter and the notes that accompany each verse. We also recommend you watch the videos that correspond to each book of the Bible. Understand that you should be working through the books of the Bible and the non-Biblical texts concurrently.

Bookstore

Year One

Apologetics/Theology: Mere Christianity, C.S. Lewis

Hermeneutics: Journey into God’s Word, Duvall and Hays 

Novel: Out of the Silent Planet, C.S. Lewis

Spiritual Growth: Emotionally Healthy Spirituality, Peter Scazzero

Bible 101: Genesis, Exodus, Luke, Acts, James

Year Two

Hermeneutics: Misreading Scripture With Western Eyes,  Richards and O’Brien

Fiction: The Great Divorce, C.S. Lewis

Apologetics: The Case For Christ, Lee Strobel

Theology: The Screwtape Letters, C.S. Lewis

Bible 102: Deuteronomy, Joshua, Judges, Matthew, 1&2 Corinthians, Galatians

Year Three

Novel: Perelandra, C.S. Lewis

Apologetics: The Problem of Pain, C.S. Lewis

Apologetics: The Reason for God, Timothy Keller

Spiritual Growth: Pilgrim Heart; the way of Jesus in everyday life, Darryl Tippens

Bible 103: 1&2 Chronicles, Job, Mark, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, 1&2 Thessalonians 

Year Four

Philosophy: The Abolition of Man, C.S. Lewis

Theology: The Cost of Discipleship, Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Apologetics: Miracles, C.S. Lewis

Novel: That Hideous Strength, C.S. Lewis

Bible 104:  Isaiah, Esther, Nehemiah, John, Romans, 1&2 Timothy, Titus, Philemon, Hebrews, 1&2 Peter, 1-3 John, Jude, Revelation

If you are a Christian parent and you would like for your student to take some of these courses (with accountability) reach out to us areopagusclassicalacademy@gmail.com and we can work something out.

If you represent a church and you would like us to host seminars/book studies on any of these books at your church, please reach out to us at areopagusclassicalacademy@gmail.com 

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