In early August 2017, Teri Dugan started laying down the ground work for a new series she is going to be presenting called Defending Your Faith 101. This is not the first time that someone has done this but ….. this series she is presenting is undoubtedly going to be one of the best that has or will be produced. Once you read some of Teri’s posts you will understand why I have selected her presentations. The series is totally free. If you are part of a Bible Study group or would like to start one, these presentations would be an excellent place from which to start.
Teri Dugan is a graduate of Biola University’s M.A. in Apologetics Program. She also holds an M.A. in Education from California State University, Long Beach and currently teaches Biology, Anatomy and Physiology at Lynwood High School in California. Teri has also coached the Girls’ Varsity Tennis and Softball teams at Lynwood and now sponsors the Christian On Campus Ministry Club. She teaches evening Christian Apologetics classes at her home Church, Sea Coast Grace in Cypress, California.
As noted above, Teri is a teacher and she has a passion for teaching and sharing Christian Apologetics. I could explain why teachings Christian Apologetics is vitally important to new Christians or even mature Christians who have never set aside the time to actually study Christian Apologetics but Teri provides the rationale much better than I can. You don’t need to use this page on my blog as a starting point because her posts are obviously all available directly from her website.
However, this page will provide direct links to each of her presentations in her new series with a short explanation of what is being covered. Use it as a reference point to ensure that you haven’t missed any. I can’t over emphasis the importance of Christian Apologetics. If you’ve never done this before, now is the time and here is your opportunity. Our world is rapidly changing and not for the best and in my humble opinion, this is not an optional quest. Every Christian is called to be a Christian Apologist. The content that will be presented is aimed at an average person, which means virtually anyone can follow and understand it.
As God and time permits, I will be available to assist anyone who has a question about any of the content or needs assistance in understanding something that Teri has presented. You can submit your questions or requests to me via the Leave a Reply option at the bottom of this page.
Post # 1: Defending Your Faith 101: Tips for studying the Bible
Overview: Self explanatory – don’t skip this one!
Post # 2: Defending Your Faith 101: The urgency for all Christians to get “basic training”
Overview: An up-to-date look at the stats, polls and relevant information regarding the decline of committed Christians within the North American population.
Post # 3: Defending Your Faith 101: Why we all need to be trained in Christian Apologetics – Take the test
Overview: An honest look at how social media, changing values and peer pressure can affect our faith, especially as it pertains to our youth. Do the test!
Post # 4: Defending Your Faith 101: All Christians need to get basic training!
Overview: A brief introduction to what Christian Apologetics is and why it is important to study Christian Apologetics or Christian Case Making.
Post # 5: Defending Your Faith 101: Understanding Christianity’s Roots
Overview: A brief introduction into the need to be aware of the roots of Christianity, with BC/BCE, AD/CE Early First Century and AD/CE Late First through Third Centuries facts of history that note historical documentation, reliable witnesses and a transmission history like none other.
Post # 6: Defending Your Faith 101: The Importance of Knowledge in History
Overview: A brief overview noting the importance of learning from history, some of the problems that were encountered and how it developed in the fourth century AD/CE and beyond.
Post # 7: Defending Your Faith 101: The Importance of Knowing Our Foundation
Overview: A brief update on how the political climate is changing within our society, the birth of a new nation in the 17th century and early American education institutions. Also includes a brief overview of the move from Christianity to secularism.
Post # 8: Defending Your Faith 101: The Importance of Understanding Modern Times as a Christian
Overview: A brief overview of how the secular humanist worldview has permeated all of the major disciplines within the public school systems by the mid-twentieth century. Teri continues with a quick look at how many philosophical changes that have occurred in education and culture of the twentieth century has lead to the choice of ‘isms’ that we see today and concludes with the challenges that lie ahead in the form of modernity.
Post # 9: Defending Your Faith 101: The Importance of Truth and Worldview
Overview: Teri writes about how truth is being attacked today as it has in the past and the importance of linking truth with reality, reality from God’s perspective, not the world’s. She also touches on how Christianity is based on evidential truth and the importance of trusting in God’s truth by adhering to a Christian worldview.
Post # 10: Defending Your Faith 101: Truth Versus Preference
Overview: Teri provides an overview of what truth actually is and how preferences are not the same as subjective truth. A short test follows and Teri ends by providing a video narrated by Ravi Zacharias on Absolute Truth in Relative Terms.
Post # 11: Defending Your Faith 101: Absolute Truth Versus Relativism
Overview: Teri provides an overview of postmodernism’s relativistic ideology that abounds in our culture today, provides some examples and illustrates how relativists use self-defeating statements. This is followed by some reasons why relativism leads to false ideas about truth and subsequently false ideas about life. A short tie-in on objective truth concludes this post.
Post # 12: Defending Your Faith 101: Is There Truth in Your Worldview?
Overview: Teri provides an overview on the importance of maintaining truth within your worldview and how to test it for objective truth. She then does a comparison between a secular worldview and a Christian worldview and ends with a short reflection.
Post # 13: Defending Your Faith 101 : Religious Pluralism/
Overview: Teri defines what Religious Pluralism is, how this is linked to inclusivism, tolerance implications, what Religious Pluralism under the banner of tolerance really teaches and how this conflicts with Biblical truth. Teri concludes with reflection questions and a video presentation by William Lain Craig.
Note: I will update this page when additional posts are posted by Teri.