CT-1 When Students Ask: Tough Questions, Doubt & Uncertainty (Wed)

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Teacher: Peter Bocchino
Date/Time: Wednesday - 12:45 PM to 2:15 PM
Recommended Grades: 10th, 11th, 12th
Department: Apologetics / Speech & Debate
Grade Level: High School (9th-12th)

Course Overview: Doubt and uncertainty is often perceived as negative and looked down upon as a lack of faith. However, that is not necessarily the case. We all have doubts. If not, then faith would be meaningless. When students ask tough questions, or express their doubts and share their uncertainty about Christianity, it indicates that they are “thinking for themselves.” It is extremely important that we help young adults to think for themselves with respect to their faith.

This course is designed to help students evaluate and navigate the cultural and social landscapes that encourage doubt and uncertainty. They will also discover for themselves the answers to some of the most fundamental questions of life. Questions such as: the origin of the universe and life, the existence and nature of God, the nature of truth, good and evil, and the only question that really matters—who is Jesus and why do Christians believe he is the only way to God?

Course Content and Assignments: This course will be using three resources to help students develop critical thinking skills.

A Journey into the Mind of Christ: The content for this part of the course will be taken from the interactions Jesus had with skeptics, antagonists and those who truly wanted to know him and follow him.  Students will learn how Jesus used critical thinking skills to ask “principle-centered” questions and how he illustrated certain truths through the use of imagery and parables.

Contemporary Film Analysis: Various movies will be examined to help students evaluate the philosophies and viewpoints upon which these movies are based. This skill is extremely important in light of the fact that young adults are living in the midst of a narrative-rich popular culture saturated with all kinds of imagery, movies, video games and computer generated realities.

Course Materials: A Bible and a personal journal to record meditations on Jesus as a critical thinker. A one-inch, three ring binder for handouts and a section of blank pages for taking class notes. All other study materials will be provided.

Cost: Living in faith, Mr. Bocchino only accepts donations to Legacy of Truth Ministries.