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Topics covered in this course:

  • CLARIFYING THE DEBATE

    What are the 3 most important words for any pro-life apologist? What is the pro-life argument? What do we mean by “wrong?” What is abortion? What is the abortion debate about? What are bad ways to argue? What is a worldview? Which worldviews are major players in the abortion debate? What worldview questions drive the abortion debate? How worldview thinking informs abortion thinkingWhy the question matters The science of embryology Objections and replies

  • ESTABLISHING A FOUNDATION FOR THE DEBATE

    Challenges from Judith Jarvis Thomson, Eileen McDonaugh, and David Boonin Challenge from Ann Furedi: Raw power justifies abortionChallenge from the mental continuity views of Michael Tooley, Peter Singer, and Alberto Guibilini / Francesca Minerva Challenge from the desires argument of David Boonin

  • ASSESSING COMMON OBJECTIONS

    Determining speaking objectives before the event Negotiating a good format & debate resolution Framing the debate with an opening speech Narrating the debate with a rebuttal speech Exposing bankrupt arguments quickly and concisely Asking good questions during the cross x Taking good notes Training harder than your opponent

  • TEACHING AND EQUIPPING

    Goals for each type of audience Good speakers aren’t born. They are organized. Organizing your talk: five essential steps Structure: intro (attention getter), title, significance statement (why it matters to your audience), thesis, supporting rationale

  • TEACHING AND EQUIPPING

    Why pastors avoid pro-life presentations Four questions for every pro-life church Why church youth need pro-life apologetics training How pro-life talks advance (rather than hinder) the Gospel

Course Curriculum

  • 02

    CLARIFYING THE DEBATE: Clearing the Ground

  • 03

    CLARIFYING THE DEBATE: Worldviews in Play

    • ZOOM #1- Tues. April 6th at 9pm ET

    • Downloadable Questions

    • 2A- What is a Worldview?

    • 2B- Abortion and Worldview Questions

    • 2C- Problems with Naturalism and Postmodernism

    • 2D- Problems with Relativism and Secular Morality

    • 2E- Natural Rights vs. Body-Self Dualism

    • 2F- Critical Race Theory and Abortion

    • 2G- Roundtable Discussion

    • Answer Key for Downloadable Questions

    • Lesson 2: Review

    • Preparation for ZOOM #2

    • Lesson 2: Completion Verification Survey *Submit completed survey by Sun. Oct. 17th @ 11:59 pm/ET, even if all work is not done on time.

  • 04

    CLARIFYING THE DEBATE: What is the Unborn?

    • NO ZOOM session this week!

    • Downloadable Questions

    • 3A- Embryology 101

    • 3B- Answering More Objections

    • 3C- Roundtable Discussion

    • Answer Key for Downloadable Questions

    • Lesson 3: Review

    • Preparation for ZOOM #2

    • Lesson 3: Completion Verification Survey *Submit completed survey by Sun. Oct. 24th @ 11:59 pm/ET, even if all work is not done on time.

  • 05

    ESTABLISHING A FOUNDATION FOR THE DEBATE: What Makes Humans Valuable? The Substance View

    • ZOOM #2- Mon. Oct. 25th @ 8:30 PM ET

    • Downloadable Questions

    • 4A- The Substance View of Human Persons

    • 4B- The Performance Views of Warren, Fletcher, and Simmons

    • 4C- Street Level Objections to Substance View

    • 4D- Roundtable Discussion

    • Answer Key for Downloadable Questions

    • Lesson 4: Review

    • Preparation for ZOOM #3

    • Lesson 4: Completion Verification Survey *Submit completed survey by Sun. Oct. 31st @ 11:59 pm/ET, even if all work is not done on time.

  • 06

    ESTABLISHING A FOUNDATION FOR THE DEBATE: What Makes Humans Valuable? Part 2: Specific Academic Challenges to the Substance View

    • NO ZOOM session this week!

    • 5A- Michael Tooley’s Early Mental Continuity View

    • 5B- Michael Tooley’s Later View / Peter Singer

    • 5C- David Boonin’s Desires Argument

    • 5D- Interview with Christopher Kaczor

    • 5E- Roundtable Discussion / Giubilini-Minerva discussion

    • Downloadable Questions

    • Answer Key for Downloadable Questions

    • Lesson 5: Review

    • Preparation for ZOOM #3

    • Lesson 5: Completion Verification Survey *Submit completed survey by Sun. Nov. 7th @ 11:59 pm/ET, even if all work is not done on time.

  • 07

    ESTABLISHING A FOUNDATION FOR THE DEBATE: What About Those Who Bite the Bullet?

    • ZOOM #3- Mon. Nov. 8th @ 8:30 PM ET

    • Downloadable Questions

    • 6A- Thomson’s Bodily Rights Argument and Analysis

    • 6B- Thomson, Analysis, Continued / Ann Furedi Argument

    • 6C- Roundtable Discussion: McDonaugh’s and Boonin’s Defense of Thomson

    • Answer Key for Downloadable Questions

    • Lesson 6: Review

    • Preparation for ZOOM #4

    • Lesson 6: Completion Verification Survey *Submit completed survey by Sun. Nov. 14th @ 11:59 pm/ET, even if all work is not done on time.

  • 08

    ASSESSING COMMON OBJECTIONS: Encounter with Dr. Zeke Diversity, Abortion-Advocate

    • ZOOM #4- Mon. Nov. 15th @ 8:30 PM ET

    • Downloadable Questions

    • 7A- Dr. Zeke’s Presentation, Part 1

    • 7B- Dr. Zeke’s Presentation, Part 2

    • 7C- What Dr. Zeke Gets Wrong, Part 1

    • 7D- What Dr. Zeke Gets Wrong, Part 2

    • 7E- What Dr. Zeke Gets Wrong, Part 3

    • Answer Key for Downloadable Questions

    • Lesson 7: Review

    • MIDTERM #1

    • Preparation for ZOOM #5

    • Lesson 7: Completion Verification Survey *Submit completed survey by Sun. Nov. 21st @ 11:59 pm/ET, even if all work is not done on time.

  • 09

    ASSESSING COMMON OBJECTIONS: Debate Review and Analysis / Prepping for Engagement

    • ZOOM #5- Mon. Nov. 22nd @ 8:30 PM ET

    • Abortion Debate

    • Downloadable Questions

    • Answer Key for Downloadable Questions

    • Lesson 8: Review

    • Preparation for ZOOM #6

    • MIDTERM #2

    • Lesson 8: Completion Verification Survey *Submit completed survey by Sun. Nov. 28th @ 11:59 pm/ET, even if all work is not done on time.

  • 10

    TEACHING AND EQUIPPING: Putting it Into Action — Organizing Material for a Pro-Life Talk

    • NO ZOOM session this week!

    • Roundtable Video: Prepping for Pro-Life Talks

    • Downloadable Questions

    • Lesson 9: Review

    • Answer Key for Downloadable Questions

    • Preparation for ZOOM #6

    • Lesson 9: Completion Verification Survey *Submit completed survey by Sun. Dec. 5th @ 11:59 pm/ET, even if all work is not done on time.

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    TEACHING AND EQUIPPING: Bringing it Home: What Does a Pro-Life Church Look Like?

    • ZOOM #6- Mon. Dec. 6th @ 8:30 PM ET

    • 10A- Why Don’t Churches Engage the Abortion Issue?

    • 10B- Abortion & the Gospel

    • 10C- What Should Churches Say on Abortion?

    • Downloadable Questions

    • Answer Key for Downloadable Questions

    • FINAL ASSIGNMENT

    • Preparation for ZOOM #7

    • ZOOM #7- Mon. Dec. 13th @ 8:30 PM ET

    • Lesson 10: Review

    • Lesson 10: Completion Verification Survey *Submit completed survey by Sun. Dec.13th @ 11:59 pm/ET, even if all work is not done on time.

    • Final Charge

    • Course Evaluation

PREMIUM (Certificate) Course Requirements

Students wishing to qualify for the certificate of completion for this course, MUST :

  • Watch ALL Lesson Videos

  • Answer ALL downloadable questions

  • Complete the Zoom Preparation and Participate in 5 of the 7 LIVE Zoom Sessions

  • READ The Case for Life: Equipping Christians to Engage the Culture by Scott Klusendorf

  • READ The Unaborted Socrates by Peter Kreeft

  • READ Contenders by Marc Newman

  • READ the assigned articles

  • Pass the Midterm

  • Complete the Final Assignment

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