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The research is clear: One of the best ways to prepare students to sustain their faith throughout college is to force them to answer hard questions. While some apologetics are timeless, it’s vital for churches and parents to monitor the most prominent current questions and challenges Christians face on college campuses today.
Students must be armed with at least six apologetics to be ready to answer the hardest questions they’ll face from professors as well as fellow students.
Did - Jesus - Literally - Rise - Dead
1. Did Jesus Literally Rise from the Dead?
Christianity lives and dies on the bodily resurrection of Jesus. If Christ didn’t rise from the dead, then Christianity simply isn’t true. I reinforce this statement constantly with students, and remind them that the bodily resurrection functions as the basis for our confidence in the truthfulness of our faith.
Starting - Point - Corinthians - Paul - Testimony
A good starting point for building an apologetic is 1 Corinthians 15, where Paul presents the eyewitness testimony of Christ’s resurrection.
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Bible - Formed
2. How Was the Bible Formed?
A common way young people become confused about Scripture in college concerns the issue of canonization. How were the books of the Bible selected? Through the internet, TV documentaries, and revisionist religion professors, volumes of misinformation about the Bible’s formation exists.
Start - Students - Standards - Books
Start building an apologetic by teaching students the three basic standards for selecting books:
Were they written by those with apostolic authority?
Did - Message - Teachings - Jesus
Did the message match the teachings of Jesus?
Was there general consensus on whether the book should be included in the canon?
Notion - Books - Eg - Gospel - Thomas
This also helps debunk the false notion that heretical books (e.g., the Gospel of Thomas) were given serious consideration or that the debate extended into the fourth century.
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Word - Scripture - Authoritative
3. Is Every Word of Scripture Authoritative?
The norm in our individualistic age is to pick and choose which the parts of Scripture we like. But since the Bible came from God—not...
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