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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

Here's what our students are saying...

Kate Morehead

5 star rating

“This class helped me to articulate truth on an issue I could barely speak on before now. Having the ability to put my conviction into action is a genuine gift. I would highly recommend this course for anyone who wants to organize their thoughts, ...”

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“This class helped me to articulate truth on an issue I could barely speak on before now. Having the ability to put my conviction into action is a genuine gift. I would highly recommend this course for anyone who wants to organize their thoughts, fill their minds with truth, learn to use reason effectively and take courage in this world.”

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Karen Hayes

5 star rating

“So - wow again. There should have been no apology for how heavy this course would be. Challenging, but worth every hour of reading and study. No wasted words. The questions (not fluff), are geared to help solidify the concepts, and hopefully a...”

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“So - wow again. There should have been no apology for how heavy this course would be. Challenging, but worth every hour of reading and study. No wasted words. The questions (not fluff), are geared to help solidify the concepts, and hopefully are doing just that. Get your running shoes on! You will never regret the time spent. You will be prepared to stand strong in arguing the case for life.”

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Deborah Hollifield@msn.com

5 star rating

“I can never get enough opportunity to receive instruction that sharpens my presentation skills on this issue. I have long admired Scott Klusendorf and his approach and dedication and am grateful for this opportunity to have face-to-face instruction.”

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“I can never get enough opportunity to receive instruction that sharpens my presentation skills on this issue. I have long admired Scott Klusendorf and his approach and dedication and am grateful for this opportunity to have face-to-face instruction.”

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Rick McCleary

5 star rating

“This course answered all my questions regarding abortion and established the firm foundation upon which a pro-life stance is grounded. Scott is inspiring, motivating, and thoroughly up-to-date with all positions and arguments for and against abort...”

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“This course answered all my questions regarding abortion and established the firm foundation upon which a pro-life stance is grounded. Scott is inspiring, motivating, and thoroughly up-to-date with all positions and arguments for and against abortion. He is indeed the world authority on this topic and it’s been a pleasure to learn from his wisdom.”

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Ted Kincaid

5 star rating

“This is the fourth class I’ve taken from the ministry/ school. And I enjoyed every bit of it. Teacher was great and the fellow students were great!”

“This is the fourth class I’ve taken from the ministry/ school. And I enjoyed every bit of it. Teacher was great and the fellow students were great!”

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Course Curriculum

  • 02

    CLARIFYING THE DEBATE: Clearing the Ground

  • 03

    CLARIFYING THE DEBATE: Worldviews in Play

    • ZOOM #1- Mon. Jan.23rd at 8:30 PM 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. Jan.29th @ 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 (Part 2)

    • Lesson 3: Completion Verification Survey *Submit completed survey by Sun. Feb.5th @ 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. Feb.6 @ 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. Feb.12th @ 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(Part 1)

    • 5E-Interview with Christopher Kaczor (Part 2)

    • 5F-Interview with Christopher Kaczor (Part 3)

    • 5G- Roundtable Discussion / Giubilini-Minerva discussion

    • Lesson 5: Review

    • Preparation for ZOOM #3 (Part 2)

    • Lesson 5: Completion Verification Survey *Submit completed survey by Sun. Feb.19th @ 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. Feb.20th @ 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. Feb.26th @ 11:59 pm/ET, even if all work is not done on time.

  • 08

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

    • NO ZOOM session this week!

    • 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

    • Lesson 7: Completion Verification Survey *Submit completed survey by Sun. March 5th @ 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 #4- Mon. March 6th @ 8:30 PM ET

    • 8A- Abortion Debate (Part 1)

    • 8B- Abortion Debate (Part 2)

    • 8C- Abortion Debate (Part 3)

    • 8D- Abortion Debate (Part 4)

    • 8E- Abortion Debate (Part 5)

    • 8F- Abortion Debate (Part 6)

    • Lesson 8: Review

    • MIDTERM #2

    • Lesson 8: Completion Verification Survey *Submit completed survey by Sun. March 12th @ 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!

    • 9A- Roundtable Video (Part 1)

    • 9B- Roundtable Video (Part 2)

    • 9C- Roundtable Video (Part 3)

    • 9D- Roundtable Video (Part 4)

    • Lesson 9: Review

    • Lesson 9: Completion Verification Survey *Submit completed survey by Sun. March 19th @ 11:59 pm/ET, even if all work is not done on time.

  • 11

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

    • ZOOM #5- Mon. March 20th @ 8:30 PM ET

    • Downloadable Questions

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

    • 10B- Abortion & the Gospel

    • 10C- What Should Churches Say on Abortion? (Part 1)

    • 10D- What Should Churches Say on Abortion? (Part 2)

    • Answer Key for Downloadable Questions

    • FINAL ASSIGNMENT

    • Lesson 10: Review

    • ZOOM #6- Mon. April 3rd @ 8:30 PM ET

    • Lesson 10: Completion Verification Survey *Submit completed survey by Mon. April 3rd @ 11:59 pm/ET, even if all work is not done on time.

    • Final Charge

    • Course Evaluation- The Ethics of Abortion Premium Course

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 6 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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