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As a homeschool mom, I understand the importance of Christian apologetics, so I was so excited to review The Unbreakable Faith Course from Pilgrim’s Rock, LLC‘s Online Courses. The one-credit high school course is taught by Craig Biehl, PhD.
The line between insignificance, despair, and eternal death on the one side and significance, joy, and eternal life on the other is drawn for us in the first four words of Scripture, ‘In the beginning God’ (Craig Biehl)
Starting with God Himself, Unbreakable Faith presents the biblical worldview as it applies the reasonableness of Christianity and the infinite excellence of God. Students must purchase 2 books for the course: God the Reason: How Infinite Excellence Gives Unbreakable Faith by Craig Biehl and The Box: Answering the Faith of Unbelief by Craig Biehl. Students read the books, watch the videos online, and take quizzes and exams. Craig Biehl is available during office hours to answer questions on Skype and Zoom. Outside office hours, it’s best to email the professor.
Our family’s interest in apologetics made this review of The Unbreakable Faith Course from Pilgrim’s Rock, LLC exciting for everyone! We received access to the online course and two books: God The Reason and The Box. My husband immediately stole The Box from me and read it. He loved it! Then I read it and loved it! Then I passed it on.
I had an amazing time taking this course. You see, I decided to be the one to take the course since everyone else has been steeped in apologetic and I have not.
I started the course and worked my way through Part I. This involved watching vidoes, reading one book, and reading a few chapters in a book.
In reading The Box: Answering the Faith of Unbelief by Craig Biehl, I was impressed! Most of the book was a dialogue between a Christian and an agnostic neighbor. The Christian’s use of logic was impressive in this book! What helped me so much was to read a chapter and imagine having a similar conversation with an unbeliever that I know personally. I like the conversational style of the book, but the logic felt so beyond me.
I also read the introduction, chapter one, and chapter two from God the Reason: How Infinite Excellence Gives Unbreakable Faith by Craig Biehl. Craig is a great writer who introduces the complexity, majesty, and omniscience of our Almighty God. I found myself thrilling to the descriptions of the Lord throughout the boo and the videos. The Introduction reminds readers that all the logic in the world will not convince an unbeliever to repent and believe if our life is not shining with the love and compassion of Jesus.
In the first two chapters, the author reveals that God created everything and holds everything together. I love this quote about spiritual warfare relating to apologetics. “We sometimes forget that the devil’s schemes involve promoting wrong thoughts about God and His world. And promote he does–we are confronted with his misinformation on a daily basis. Satan’s lies form much of the fabric of our post-Christian culture. And since our sin displays a practical atheism that exalts our will over God’s will, so we also exhibit a practical kind of Deism by viewing the universe as begun by God but operating according to independent physical laws. In this we unwittingly echo the lie that God does not order and uphold all things. We need to take care that we do not affirm the desire of unbelievers to define the universe and their own lives as existing and operating apart from God.” (God The Reason page 6-7)
After reading, i watched 9 short video lessons. I enjoyed each lesson because it was Christ-centered and filled with Scripture. I love all the photographs in the videos, too. Each video had a clear message that was easy to understand. Part II was similar: reading, watching the videos, and taking a quiz.
Thoughts On This Course
This is not a lightweight course. It is heavily intellectual, but broken down into bite-size pieces that a teen or adult who wants to learn will understand and remember. I was totally impressed! This would make a great course for homeschoolers in high school and I would add that for those going on to college, grounding in apologetics is a necessity to face the constant barrage of anti-Christian rhetoric.
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If you are looking for a strongly academic course that is practical in its application, you will love this online class!
Until next time, Happy Homeschooling!