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APO 203: Creation Apologetics and Geology

APO 203: Creation Apologetics and Geology

Strengthen your walk and deepen your understanding of the integrity and authority of Scripture. No other document in history makes the bold claims the Bible does, and no other document has the integrity of the Bible. This 6-week course will teach you how to defend the biblical account of Creation and the Flood in the area of geology and deepen your commitment to the authority of Scripture.

This course builds on the ideas presented in the Foundations course (we recommend APO 101 or 111 Foundations in Creation Apologetics be completed before any advanced course). The principles of presuppositional apologetics will be used to dive deeper into each topic in this course. Students will be involved in reading articles, researching issues related to geology from a creationist perspective, watching videos, and completing assignments that uphold the Bible as the ultimate source of truth—even in the field of geology.

Course Schedule

  • Winter 2015: September 6, 2015-October 17, 2015. Registration open August 2, 2015-September 2, 2015.

Course enrollment will open on 08/02/2015.

Topics

  • Flood geology vs. Uniformitarianism
  • The “geologic column” and geologic time
  • Fossil evidence
  • Radiometric dating techniques
  • Grand Canyon formation
  • Mount Saint Helens evidences
  • Plate tectonics
  • Ice Age

Activities

  • Discussion forums where instructors and students can interact
  • Online quizzes with immediate feedback
  • Online videos with integrated study guides
  • Live chats with the instructors
  • Independent projects that apply what you have learned
  • Reading assignments that will engage and equip you

Goals

Upon completing the course, students will be able to:

  • Relate the origin of the concept of millions years as a Christian compromise position.
  • State the basic concepts behind radiometric dating methods.
  • Describe major differences between Catastrophism and Uniformitarianism.
  • Describe the layers of the geologic column and the fossils they contain as a result of the original Creation events and the Flood.
  • Use specific examples of geologic anomalies to discredit Uniformitarianism.
  • Describe how plate tectonics and the Flood have played an important role in shaping the earth.

Expectations

  • A certificate of completion will be awarded to those finishing the course with a final score of 75% or higher. In addition, those who pass the course can receive 2 ACSI-accredited Continuing Education Units (CEUs): 1 in biblical studies and 1 in educational studies.
  • Students should expect to spend 6–8 hours per week working on the assignments and participating in discussion forums. Complete the coursework at your own pace within each week-long block. More time may be required on weeks that include an independent project.
  • The advanced courses are open for enrollment but build on information from the APO 101/111 Foundations in Creation Apologetics course. Students are expected to have a firm grasp on presuppositional apologetics to be successful in any advanced course.

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