Thursday, April 30, 2009

Ten Hours to Change Your Life

The Denver Seminary Philosophy of Religion Department offers a 10-hour Certificate of Completion in Christian Apologetics. Come study with us and develop your skills in defending the truth and rationality of the Christian worldview.


Chris (C. Brian) said...

Will DS offer any apologetic and/or philosophy of religion courses online?

Doug Groothuis said...

No. But you can find an unauthorized pod cast of my entire 2004 Apologetics class on line at:

David said...

Dear Prof DG
It is possible to do this course in the future on line?

Doug Groothuis said...

Nay. I shall never do so. I don't believe in on line education.

Lisa said...

You know Dr. G, it does not matter what you “believe” because the Truth is upon completion of the requirements I will receive my Bachelors degree from an accredited university…all done on line.

Doug Groothuis said...

The fact that people get on line degrees has no direct bearing on my not believing in on line education. Of course, I believe on line education exists, but I do not believe in it as the best form of education, since I deem the face to face dialogue as crucial for education, especially to philosophy.

Yes, people can learn on line; but, no, I don't think it is the best form of education; and it is not a form I will cater to by offering accredited on line classes. I develop these ideas more in "The Soul in Cyberspace."

Ranger said...

One of my best undergraduate classes was on Existentialism. We sat in a circle and simply discussed Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Buber and Heidegger. Most of us were Christians (including the professor), so the class had the added value of being able to discuss these topics in light of our personal faith.

The learning came through the discussion. The professor mainly chimed in with his insights from years of teaching philosophy and helped direct the discussion when it lulled (which was rare).

This type of learning, which I value much more than any other type of learning during my undergrad, would have been impossible online.

Another type of learning came during my seminary years when I struggled in ministry situations. I was able to sit down and discuss those struggles with experts in ministerial topics. Most had either experienced the pitfalls personally, or helped other students work through them. Personal interaction like this simply doesn't happen in online education.