Public Christianity for a Post Christian World

This half-subject explores the ways believers defended and commended Christianity in both the New Testament and the pre-Christian world of the early church, drawing lessons for confronting contemporary criticisms on a range of topics, such as evil and suffering, world religions, sexuality, science, history, and the evils of the church. Students will learn to integrate their learnings into a variety of communication formats, including podcasts, opinion pieces, and regular sermons.

This subject is usually taken in conjunction with EM072 Promoting The Gospel.

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Subject Details

Mode On-campus
Workload One semester, 6 credit points
Subject Code EM071
Status Intermediate
Prerequisites None
Teacher John Dickson

This subject covers four broad areas of content:

  • New Testament approaches to scepticism and criticism
  • The birth of “apologetics” in the ancient and medieval world
  • Intellectual and aesthetic complaints against the Faith: from science to sexuality
  • Modes and methods of communication: podcasts, opinion pieces, and public speaking

Study Expectations
In this half-subject, you can expect to be guided through a variety of weekly learning activities which are designed to develop your understanding of and skills in the themes and passages related to the syllabus. Students should allow 4-6 hours of study time per week for this intermediate subject.



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