APO 204: Creation Apologetics and Astronomy

APO 204: Creation Apologetics and Astronomy

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 young age of the universe and demonstrate the reliability of the biblical accounts of astronomy. Other topics will include the “problem” of distant starlight, the existence of extraterrestrial life, and problems with the big-bang hypothesis. God has created the heavens to declare His glory and this course will equip you to proclaim that message.

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 astronomy from a biblical creationist perspective, watching videos, and completing assignments that uphold the Bible as the ultimate source of truth—even in the field of astronomy.

Course Schedule

  • Fall 2015: october 18, 2015-December 5, 2015. Registration open September 13, 2015-October 14, 2015.

This course is not open for registration.

Topics

  • Overview of the structure of the universe, galaxies, planets, and introductory information
  • Astronomical references in the Bible and their reliability
  • Age of the universe
  • Distant starlight
  • Problems with the big bang hypothesis
  • Extraterrestrials and UFOs
  • The unique nature of the earth

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:

  • Describe the scientific accuracy of biblical passages that relate to astronomy.
  • Use astronomical observations, alongside Scripture, to defend the young age of the universe.
  • Identify strengths and weaknesses of different solutions to the distant starlight “problem.”
  • Relate problems with the big-bang hypothesis and model of the formation of the universe.
  • Describe the theological issues surrounding the existence of life outside of 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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Answers in Genesis is an apologetics ministry, dedicated to helping Christians defend their faith and proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ effectively. We focus on providing answers to questions about the Bible—particularly the book of Genesis—regarding key issues such as creation, evolution, science, and the age of the earth.