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Christian Apologetics: How can faith be taught with facts?




New web-based programs teach grade-school students the Christian faith using facts like history and archaeology.
New web-based programs teach grade-school students the Christian faith using facts like history and archaeology.
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Capistrano Valley Christian Schools have created a new web based program that teaches grade-school students the Christian faith using facts like history and archaeology.

This way, school officials say, the kids can be better prepared to defend their faith and debate those who have studied subjects such as Neo-Darwinism as they get older.

Kim Van Vlear, Director of Bible Curriculum development at  Capistrano Valley Christian School and head of this new program, hopes that this will help make the Bible more "real" and less "fantastic" in kids eyes and help mitigate them falling out of touch with the faith as they get older.

But some say that the Bible can't be "proven" true; that it may be better to teach kids open critical thinking like philosophy. These critics highlight some of the risks that come with following Christian Apologetics including confirmation bias and the idea that your faith exists only to win arguments.

Guests:

Kim Van Vlear, Director of Bible Curriculum development at  Capistrano Valley Christian School and head of this new web based program

Tommy Givens, Assistant professor of New Testament Studies at the School of Theology at Fuller Theological Seminary