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Christian Apologetics and Worldview - PI 3212 OL - Syllabus
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PI 3212 OL

Course Description

A study of the commendation and defense of historical and supernatural Christianity. Students will learn how to analyze and respond to questions posed from other worldviews expressed from philosophy, science, religion, and culture.

Course Resources


  1. Lewis, C.S. Mere Christianity. Harper Collins, 2015.
  2. McGrath, Alister. Mere Apologetics. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker, 2012.
  3. Wilkens, Steve and Mark L. Sanford. Hidden Worldviews. Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic, 2009.

Additional Apologetics Bibliographies:

1.         Beilby, James. Thinking About Christian Apologetics: What It Is and Why We Do It. Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic, 2011.

2.         Chamberlain, Paul. Why People Don’t Believe: Confronting Seven Challenges to the Christian Faith. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker, 2011.

3.         Denver Seminary: religious-pluralism-and-new-religious-movements-2003/

4.         Gardner, Lynn.

5.         Johnson, Ross.

6.         Koukl, Gregory. Tactics: A Game Plan for Discussing Your Christian Convictions. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2009.

College Mission

The mission of Ozark Christian College is to train men and women for Christian service as a degree granting institution of biblical higher education.

College Learning Goal

Graduates of Ozark Christian College will be grounded in Scripture, growing in Christlikeness, practicing cultural discernment, and vocationally prepared for Christian service.

College Learning Outcomes

Ozark has identified learning outcomes for each area of the curriculum – General Education (GE), Biblical Education (BE), and Professional Education (PE). This course will directly address the following college learning outcomes:


General Education Outcomes:

GE 2: Think critically from a Christian worldview.

GE 3: Identify informational needs for lifelong learning.

Biblical Education Outcomes:

BE 1: Know the historical and theological content of the Bible.

Course Goals

  1. A student completing this course should have greater confidence in the truth, sufficiency, and uniqueness of the Christian worldview.  
  2. A student completing this course should possess the ability, desire, and attitude needed to “always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.” (1 Peter 3:15)
  3. A student completing this course should think more critically about his own beliefs and about the culture in which he lives.
  4. A student completing this course should recognize the importance and the principles of defending the Christian faith in various ministry settings for the advancement of the Kingdom.

Course Objectives


Upon completion of this course, a student should be able to:

  1. Identify and define the major terms, ideas, and thinkers relevant to the field of apologetics and philosophy of religion.
  2. Compose a list of at least five apologetic virtues which will guide them in the practice of apologetics.
  3. Summarize major worldview systems including the Christian worldview and analyze their culture in light of these worldview of questions.
  4. Understand, critique, and respond to a broad array of questions concerning Christian belief (including questions such as the problem of pain and suffering, the existence of God, the nature of religious faith, the physical resurrection of Jesus, etc.)

Information Literacy

Ozark Christian College is committed to information literacy training. This training will be intentional, incremental, and missional. Students will learn to access, evaluate, and utilize pertinent information in their ministry preparation.

ADA Accommodation

If you have a disability and are requesting an accommodation, please contact the Director of Academic Operations at 417-626-1222 as soon as possible

Online Course Policies


Ozark Christian College contracted with iParadigms, LLC for Turnitin® services to be used at the instructor’s discretion. The Originality Check service allows students to submit a paper through Canvas to check for improper citation and potential plagiarism before it is submitted to the instructor.   The Peer Review service allows students to submit assignments anonymously to peers for editing and feedback.  Students agree that by taking this course all required papers may be subject to submission for textual similarity review to for the detection of plagiarism.  All submitted papers will be included as source documents in the reference database solely for the purpose of detecting plagiarism of such papers.  Use of the service is subject to the Usage Policy posted on the site.

OCC Student Email Address

All Ozark Christian College students must use the official e-mail address provided by the college ( to receive communication from the faculty and staff. The OCC student email address may be forwarded to another email service (e.g. or Email will be the professor’s chosen method of communication with the student in this course, so check your email regularly.

Online Course Refund Policy

Refunds of tuition and certain fees may be made upon official withdrawal of any student according to the table below. To receive a refund adjustment for any classes dropped (assessed on a case-by-case basis), the student should contact the Assistant Director of Digital Learning at See the website for specific dates.

Week 1: Monday-Sunday

100% refund

Week 2: Monday-Sunday

75% refund

Week 3: Monday-Sunday

50% refund

Week 4: Monday-Sunday

0% refund

Online Course Drop Policy

Online courses dropped during the first seven days of the course will not be recorded on the student’s transcript. Any student who wishes to withdraw from a class after the Add/Drop period must notify the Registrar’s Office and formally request to be withdrawn from the class(es). Until this is done, the student is officially enrolled in the class whether or not he/she participates. Likewise, the student is responsible for appropriate charges and coursework until he/she is officially removed from the course.


Online courses withdrawn after the seventh day but before the sixth week of the course will be recorded as a “W” on transcripts. This grade will not be calculated in the student’s GPA but will impact financial aid Satisfactory Academic Progress. After five weeks, students cannot drop or withdraw from online courses and grades will be issued based on course performance. The only exception is for reasons approved by the Academic Dean.


Online Course Attendance

Online courses often demand greater discipline and careful attention to details within a compressed period of time compared to on-campus courses. Students are strongly advised to remain in close contact with their online instructor in the event that they must be absent for a brief period of time. Attendance in online courses will be taken on a weekly basis. Students will be expected to actively participate according to the individual course syllabus.


Participation may include, but not be limited to: submitting written assignments, posting in graded forum discussions, completing exams, and written communication with the instructor directly related to the course. Online students who do not participate in the above ways for seven consecutive days (Monday thru Sunday) will be considered absent. Students are permitted a maximum of one absence.


The following scenarios may negatively impact a student's academic record and financial aid opportunities.


  1. Being administratively dropped due to lack of login or participation within the first seven days of an online course. Digital Learning Department personnel will contact students via their OCC student email account and/or current phone number to assist them prior to this deadline.

  1. Missing twelve consecutive days (starting on Monday). After the twelfth day, the student will be contacted by the instructor via the student’s OCC email account. Instructors will promptly convey this information to Digital Learning personnel. The student will be given 48 hours to communicate his/her intentions. Those who do not respond, or who do not wish to continue in the course, will be administratively withdrawn.

  1. Acquiring a second absence after the fifth week. Students who exceed the absence limit (one) without the consent of the online instructor will fail the course. If a student exceeds the absence limit within the first five weeks, he/she may elect to withdraw from the course.

Assignment Submission

All assignments will be facilitated through our Canvas course site. You may post replies to the discussions forums, as well as take quizzes and exams. For written assignments, save documents in either .doc, .docx, .pdf, or .rtf format (or as otherwise indicated by your instructor) and upload them to the Canvas site.

Late Work

Assignments are due on Thursday and Sunday by 11:59 pm Central Standard Time. Late work may or may not be accepted, at the discretion of the teacher. Any grade deductions will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. If you have a question about a particular assignment, please contact the teacher well ahead of the deadline.

Responses to Your Work

You may generally expect replies to personal communication (email, Canvas inbox) within 24-48 hours.  For written assignments, the professor will endeavor to grade and give feedback within seven days of the due date.

Academic Honesty

Due to the commitment of training men and women for Christian service and the commitment of educational excellence, academic integrity is our natural expectation. Compelling evidence of academic dishonesty (e.g. cheating or plagiarism) will be reported to the Academic Dean’s office. Penalties could range from failure of an assignment to suspension from college. Students should avoid dishonesty and irresponsibility at all costs.


Required Course Tools/Connectivity

Successful participation in this course requires the student to possess or obtain (and know how to use) the following in addition to course books:

Course Topic Outline and Workload

In keeping with standards typical of higher education, the expectation is that you will spend between 112 to 135 hours completing all coursework in this 3-hour online course.


Topics Covered

Hrs./Min. Covered


Questions About Apologetics

8.5 hrs.


Questions About Truth

24 hrs.


Questions About God (Part 1)

26 hrs.


Questions About God (Part 2)

14 hrs.


Questions About Scripture

11.5 hrs.


Questions About Jesus

17.5 hrs.


Questions About Culture and Worldview (Part 1)

9 hrs.


Questions About Culture and Worldview (Part 2)

19 hrs.

Total Hours Students will Spend Working on Course

129.5 hrs.


Below is a listing of assignments that comprise the 100% percentage points possible for this course.



Course Objectives

Vocabulary Quizzes








2, 3

Total Points


Grading Scale

Total Score

Course Grade


100-95 points



94-90 points



89-87 points



86-83 points



82-80 points



79-77 points



76-73 points



72-70 points



69-67 points



66-63 points



62-60 points



59-0 points



For further information on grading policies, refer to the college catalog.

[Christian Apologetics and Worldview, PI 3212 OL] Rev. 11/15/22