- 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
- 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
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.
- 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.